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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Eric Weeks

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: Northeast

World Was in the Face of the Beloved

My photographs from the series "World Was in the Face of the Beloved" are about a character who is becoming one within the landscape. She is someone who is okay with who they are and where they are in the world, while at the same time, she questions her place in the universe. She is my protagonist. There is certainly the suggestion of spiritual tranquility in the photographs. I want my work to offer a respite from all the courser conundrums of humanity.

These photographs speak about ideas of beauty: the beauty of this woman; the beauty of the specific style of clothing which speaks so much of Stacy's character; the beauty of the landscape and the figure relating to that space; the beauty of color relationships; and also about the beauty of analog photography. There are aspects of portraiture in the work, as well as self-portraiture and fictional narrative. I blur the line between these different strategies, creating a hybrid of the three. There are also numerous art historical and cultural references embedded in this series of photographs, which offer further complexities.

My previous work has involved contemplation and exploration into the nature of human relationships while making narrative photographs. In past series I have examined the connection to family, looked at the bond between couples, addressed ideas of masculinity in a portrait series of men, and more recently combined photographs of seemingly disparate subjects to suggest metaphysical and sexual interactions. The images of my wife continue this investigation.


Pastoral

Big Star

Towpath Square

Amelia Earhart

That Girl

No Place Like Home

1

Apparition

Saving Grace

Leaves of Grass

Storm Fence

Anne Street

Birth of the Cool

Rainy Day Woman

With Me Soon

Aisle Two

Five After Five

Pike County

Blizzard

Washington Square

Anastasia

Angel in America

Paparazzo

Birth of the Cool

Funny Face

Madeline

Telephone Booth

Dear Prudence

Mama's Room

If on a winter's day, a traveler

Ophelia

Service Entrance

Blue

Red Riding Hood

Magnolia

The Shadow of Things That May Be

Juniper Hill

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