Carl Wooley

Artist Biography

Carl Wooley is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.  He graduated from the one year General Studies program at the International Center of Photography in 2008.  He recently completed a commission for Foam (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam) and the Stadsarchief (City Archives) to photograph the city of Amsterdam at night.  This body of work was on display in Amsterdam this summer in an exhibition titled NY Perspectives – Amsterdam discovered by NY photographers.  Work from a previous series of night images has been selected for publication in American Photography 25.

Artist Statement

The cafe had plastic chairs set up outside, with fluorescent lights suspended above us on metal frames.  We sat next to the rose bush, drank tea and talked about nothing in particular until late into the night.  I had spent most of my time in Jordan doing much of the same, either at someone’s house, in front of a small roadside store, or beside a town well.  Between these stops, we were in the car driving down long two lane roads, passing through the occasional small village perched like an outpost on the edge of a vast frontier.  Despite the splendor of what was left behind by the Romans, the Crusaders and the Nabateans, there was the impression that humanity had just shown up or was about to fade away.

This image is from a series that continues my interest in the peripheral, where the manmade breaks down and gives way to what was before.  In Jordan, I found a landscape of biblical proportions, one that’s hard to separate from religion, history and politics.  But these images seek to step back from that grandeur, or perhaps move in closer, to find another kind of beauty in the quiet and the banal.

Occasionally, while on one of our drives, I would stop the car, walk around in the heat and dust, set up my camera, and take the picture.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://carlwooley.com

Email: mail@carlwooley.com

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Katie

Artist Biography

My first stitches were the product of an unsure toddler-wobble, head first into the side of my fathers tripod at the age of three. And so, predictably, I spent the rest of my childhood in the front seat of a Nissan pick-up, traveling and photographing the natural wonders of the south with my dad. He would quiz me on the names of various trees and flowers and play Elvis relentlessly, and I would beg him to fix the AC. My mother and my brothers would come at times, and there we would all be– hungry, tired, and sitting on a rock alongside a creek, waiting for a cloud to move, for a picture. Photography trips are the bedrock of my childhood memories. There are the memories of the places themselves– the freezing temperature and the heavy wind of a winter hike, on which I nearly lost some toes, and there are the memories of the photographs– the tranquil, powder dusted ridges that looked almost edible from the light box.It is these early impressions that are undeniably the source of inspiration for my own work. I photograph the landscape because my relationship with it and understanding of it are ever changing, as are my photographs of it.

Artist Statement

“La Mer” is a documentation of the effect that the encroaching Atlantic Ocean has had on the sand dune ecosystems of the barrier islands along the east coast and an assessment of our romanticization of islands, themselves. These islands are at once barren, rough, exposed, and incredibly fragile. Their history is amongst some of the first in the Americas, a history which, in places, is uniquely preserved as a result their general uninhabitability or by federal protection under the National Parks System. Many of them remain uniquely frozen in time– the homes of wild Spanish horses, the nearest lands to sunken pirate ships, the nesting points for dozens of rare birds. However, they are now topographically changing as a result of warming climates and rising sea levels. My photographs intend to capture these changes, not with a political perspective, but with a sense of great personal loss.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://katiehumphries.com/

Email: katie@katiehumphries.com

Waiting

Artist Biography

Savannah Sakry (b. 1988) is a photographer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009 she was a recipient of the School of Visual Arts Photography Cage Scholarship.  She will receive a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2010.

Artist Statement

The flight of our imagination can sometimes be disorienting. Externalized through photographs, The Land of Milk and Honey is a stage unrestricted by reality that invites us to dance with our senses. The objects and characters appear motionless because there is an unspoken vulnerability in their realm. These images are intended to be non-linear slices of wonder and brief engagements, similar to how our dreams function.

The Land of Milk and Honey is an ongoing body of work.
Artist Contact Info
Website: http://savannahsakry.com
Email: savsakry@gmail.com

shika

Artist Biography

Born in Tokyo, lives in NY.

Artist Statement

I prefer suggestion over accurate description. The world is pretty chaotic, speeding up, getting louder, and more visually dense. I am interested in finding and/or creating calm shelters from storm, places where quiet solitude is encouraged and inner contemplation is possible. I like to photograph the relationships and juxtapositions between the landscape and the structure we humans place and leave behind. I am attracted the time between events, the stories that are untold, the traces of our presence. I am often captivated by trees that I meet, lights shower on me, pathways that I take. There is an endless amount of subject matter that is completely irresistible. After all, the world is a beautiful place.

Contact Info

Website: http://www.vivayoushine.com

Email: vivayoushine@gmail.com

Jessica Bruah

Artist Biography

Jessica Bruah is a photographer born and raised in Illinois.  Her work revolves around surreal narratives and is influenced by short fiction.  She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2009 and her BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2004.  She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, including shows at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, and Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.  In 2008 Bruah was chosen for Humble Arts Foundation’s “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography.”  Her work is currently featured on Photo-Eye’s online Photographer’s Showcase and in the Humble Arts publication The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography.  Jessica currently works and lives in Brooklyn.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://jessicabruah.com/

Email: jessicabruah@gmail.com

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Artist Biography

Rachel Barrett (b.1981) was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She began taking pictures as soon as she was old enough to take the device into her own hands, and has rarely put one down since. Barrett received her BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Driven by an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, much of her work is an investigation into the everyday, an effort to connect with and memorialize the world she encounters, and to reconcile the sense of loss and confusion that exists between the past, present and future. Her photographs have been widely exhibited, featured in the New York Times and acquired into several private collections. She is based out of New York City.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://rachelbarrett.net

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Artist Biography

Sigurjon is born in Iceland in 1983. He became interested in photography at early age and started a professional career only 20 years old. In 2006, Sigurjon moved to New York to study photography at School of Visual Arts and is scheduled to graduate in year 2010.

Artist Statement

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Iceland experienced the deepest and most rapid financial crisis recorded during peacetime when its three major banks all collapsed in the same week of fall 2008. The crisis had serious consequences for Iceland; the national currency has free fallen in value, some heavy restrictions are on all foreign currency transactions, and the stock market has dropped by more than 90%. The list is endless. Relative to the size of the economy, Iceland’s banking collapse is the largest by any country in history. The full cost of the crisis cannot yet be determined, but it already exceeds Iceland’s gross domestic product per a year, many years over, and it is an unknown as to when it will relent.

Ultimately, these photographs represent a sort of loss of innocence, as in one day the national mood turned from optimistic to pessimistic. The pictures demonstrate the potential that once existed, in the places in which they were taken, but now no longer does.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.sigurjon.com

Email: sigurjon@sigurjon.com