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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Michael Yurgeles

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: Northeast

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The creative process is often a Herculean struggle-one that demands self-discipline and perseverance. It is also wonderfully organic, unpredictable, and soul lifting. I'm glad I chose this path, steep and slow going, but offering the occasionally transcendent view.

Most of my projects are long term in nature and are concerned with examining topics such as natural cycles, relationships, and memory. Although I often find myself researching and designing projects before beginning the actual making of the work, in most cases the end result is something I did not fully anticipate. The end of a project often serves as a catalyst for a new investigation. Work that is personally rewarding to me leaves plenty of room for various interpretations, and retains traces of the crafting process in the finished pieces.

Technically, the majority of my work is rooted in photography. I use film cameras ranging from pinholes to large format models. For the past decade I have also used digital cameras, camcorders, and scanners. Other art materials I utilize include ceramics, paints, drawing media, and found objects.

Swimming. Rara Avis, Costa Rica

Quarry. St. George, Maine

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina

Swimming. Burr Pond, Torrington, CT

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