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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Will Connally

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: Southeast

Lake Elster Series

Like short stories in a collection, each photograph in this series is a portrait of a character in transition. Specific characters inhabit these scenes, and can be traced throughout the series, from Alan Welter's workshop and adhesives factory in 1961, to contemporary times with Adjunct Professor Hollis Wolfram's descent into Lake Elster. The objects in the photographs allude to stories and act as attributes of, or symbols for, characters who are physically absent from the images. The inclusion of flat, stage-like painted elements heightens the fictional nature of the narrative, questioning the dimension of believability in the images.

Hollis's Goggles

Alan's Workbench


"Sylvia on the Grass"

Along the Edge of the Pool

Jackie-Boy on the Wolfram's Counter

Burning Glass

And Now Rubber Tub Stoppers

Engagement Dinner (Spilled Salt)

Vernon's Adhesives Factory, 1961

First Meeting (Rooftop)

Between Shifts

Rick's Plumbing

"Chalk Threat (Mary-Catherine Barabbas)"

"Laszlo Gorov, Alan's Confidant"


"Gorov's Summit"

"Passover (Mona)"

"One Week on the Job (Spatula)"


"Night-Hitching (Rails)"

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