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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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 Nicholas Gaffney

Nicholas
Gaffney

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Northeast

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind Kmart #6
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind Kmart #12
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind Kmart #12
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind Kmart #7
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind JC Penny #2
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind JC Penny #15
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind JC Penny #9
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind Kmart #10
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind Kmart #14
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind JC Penny #17
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Under 89 #1
Pigment Print

Nicholas Gaffney

SPE member since 2017
Behind JC Penny #8
Pigment Print

about

I’m a project-based photographer. But even within the spaces I define for my projects, I wander a great deal. Being outside is important, as I’m often interested in disruptions to the natural landscape. Finding the unexpected - discarded jeans lying intertwined with garbage, trees, and plants; the way a raven’s wingspan seems to echo the crossed bars in a composition - is what keeps me looking for new things to photograph.

I’ve photographed the architecture of big box stores; tragic, wounded raptors that can only survive within cages; and the personal items left behind by transient homeless populations. I’m drawn to subjects where there is a heightened contrast between my discomfort with what I’m photographing and my ability to find beauty within it. My photographs are, in one sense, a critique of my subjects and the world that contains them. But there’s often a hint of irony, that emerges organically, in creating aesthetic objects out of things that aren’t inherently beautiful.

I received my M.F.A. in Fine Arts/Photography from the Pratt Institute in 2002. I'm currently an Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media at Colby-Sawyer College, in New London, NH. I've shown my work in a variety of places in New York and New England, including the 2015 New England Photography Biennial, at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA. My most recent solo exhibitions have been at the Vermont Center for Photography, in Brattleboro, VT, and AVA Gallery, in Lebanon, NH.

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