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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Ronni Knepp

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: South Central

Looking Up

“Looking Up” came to life by pure circumstance. When battling depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is easy to find yourself hiding in a dark corner and avoiding anything that could trigger you into a deeper chasm of despair. I had been hitting this wall of depression over and over again and would often times find myself throwing my head back in frustration (typically blinking back tears) and looking up at the ceiling for some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually I started visualizing this small section of space as photos, and in turn started photographing my way through each moment. “Looking Up” depends on highly formal, balanced elements of composition. It abstracts light sources, shadows, etc. and turns them into something to look up towards… something positive. A light at the end of the tunnel.

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