Snapshots of an American Autumn – June 8 – July 21, 2012

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 21, 2012

Opening Reception: June 8, 2012, 6pm – 10pm

Closing Reception: July 13, 2012, 6pm – 10pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm

MAINSITE Contemporary Art will be closed to the public on the following dates and times…
06/13/2012 – 1:30p-3:00p
06/15/2012 – 11:00a-2:00p
06/16/2012 – ALL DAY
07/04/2012 – ALL DAY
07/20/2012 – 11:00a-2:00p

Snapshots of an American Autumn

Snapshots of the American Autumn is a large-scale photo installation involving protester portraits that communicate both the collective and individual voices of the Occupy movement, featuring protests taking place in our own state as well as happening around the world. Utilizing a photojournalism approach with a fine-art objective, I have travelled to Occupy protest encampments throughout the heartland, collecting the images and stories of protesters in order to understand what their individual motivations are as well as the collective force that binds them together as a group.

For the project, I have travelled to Dallas, Texas where I was embedded with the movement for their first week of occupation, as well as a second trip in the days before Dallas shut down the encampment. I have also been present for the beginning stages of occupations in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, including the death of an occupier in Oklahoma City and recent nights of arrest in Tulsa. I continue to shoot in the Oklahoma and Texas areas, and will be attending both the northern and southern regional conferences for the Occupy movement to continue to shoot. I have been immersed in the protest, standing with the occupiers and camping alongside them in order to most fully document their, and my own, experiences.

Rather than document the protests in typical photojournalistic style, showing the protesters in their environment, I have been inspired by the work of Avedon, choosing to intentionally remove the protesters from their surroundings to allow the viewer to see the protester for who they are as a human first. The resulting images are more fine art than photojournalism. The images will be printed large-scale on reverse film and hung in light boxes, so the protesters seem to almost glow.