MILLEDGEVILLE — An all-female ensemble of Georgia College photography students will show off their works at a photography studio downtown next week, offering local residents with an affinity for photography an opportunity to look at some truly unique work.
The show, which will feature works by Jaime Ammons, Alicia Dent, Anne Jones, Jessica Perkins and Sarah Wood, will serve as all of the artists’ senior art exhibit and will begin with an opening reception Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fields Photography and Framing, located at 122 S. Wayne St.
Each photographer’s individual exhibit will give attendees insight into the mind of each artist and how they view the world.
For instance, Alicia Dent will offer viewers an opportunity to view some unconventional, fantasia-like photography.
“Considering myself an unconventional portrait artist, I aim to create photographs that allow viewers to envision themselves within the frame,” she said in her artist’s statement. “My current series, ‘Fleeting Script,’ is based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes. As children, these stories enchanted our imagination, yet as adults, they become carelessly tossed aside on the bookshelves of antique stores. With ‘Fleeting Script,’ my goal has not only been to remind us of these beloved characters, but to provide an atmosphere in which the viewer can relive the enchantment of those once adored pages.”
For photographer Jessica Perkins, the series of photographs featured in the exhibit will give viewers the chance to show viewers how she views things in the world.
“‘Pieces’ is a way for me to as an artist to really show my viewers what I see,” she said. “It goes past looking at art and encourages my viewers to really see something beautiful. The abstraction that comes from my technique of splatter coating my cyanotype, as well as my use of negated, Holga-shot imagery persuades viewers to get closer and see what they may not have seen from a distance.”
Perkins hopes that her photographs will add some perspective to her viewers’ lives.
In this, I hope they will develop an increased curiosity for their own world,” she said, “and be provoked to investigate the beauty in everything around them, no matter how common the item or place may be.”
Jaime Ammons, whose photography will feature members of her immediate family, hopes that her photographs will allow viewers to get a glimpse of who she is and where she comes from.
“My series of large portraits of my immediate family focuses on the delicate features of their faces, paying particular attention to the eyes,” she said. “The images started off as being a way for me to examine the facial features that I often overlook from day to day. As I continued working, I realized that this series was a lot about who I am, where I come from and where I am going, especially when I discovered that I was able to capture my own portrait in the form of a reflection in each of their eyes.”
Photographer Anne Jones will feature a series of photographs entitled “Hidden” that are about the unending journey of searching for one’s self. The photographer’s exhibition will feature a mixture of Holga, 35mm and digital prints.
Additionally, local area resident Sarah Wood will feature a series of photographs that aims to get viewers to see the normal side of people who are often considered eccentric or different.
“My series of portraits are of people that are otherwise seen as peculiar, quirky and/or ‘outside of the norm,’ but I wanted to portray them as the truly normal, but with a flair, people [that] they are,” she said.
Woods’ shot the photographs at a comic book convention and the annual Atlanta Pride celebration.
“I decided to shoot at Dragoncon in Atlanta, a comic book convention, and Pride Atlanta,” she said. “There are many words that can be used to characterize the people I photographed. Strange, eccentric, unconventional and offbeat are just a few that come to mind. After shooting these events and seeing my images, a whole new set of words came to my head. The best way to describe the feeling I got was that these people were just … happy. They were purely happy to be dressed up walking through the middle of the street with thousands of people looking at them. They had grins from ear to ear; and you could just see the joy all over their faces. I became envious of these people.”
The photography experience, she said, taught her something about her own perspective.
“So many people, myself included, are wrapped up in appearances and care too much about what other people think,” she said. “The people in my photographs are happy to be different. This is normal to them.”
Photographs will be on display for two weeks, with the last day for viewing Friday, Dec. 10. Fields Photography and Framing is open for business Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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