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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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William Douglas

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: Southeast

even a hawk is an eagle amongst crows

In Even a Hawk is an Eagle Amongst Crows I have recently been photographing cars, flowers, and landscapes around the world. Both the flower and the car are commodities which are signs of social and economic classes. They also speak of desire and how we identify and communicate with others. Through my expanded photographic production, I use photography and sculpture to create installations that poetically evoke a feeling of mystery in the gallery. The images of crashes, broken windows or failed mechanisms become a metaphor of a crash of our political and economic situation. I am interested in using the form of photography against photographic truth; I create a rupture between the form and content. I have begun to photograph flowers as signifiers of specific locations. The titles contextualise these botanical images become the stand in for highly complex political relationships that we often feel we have no control over. In US_Mexico Border the underscore functions visually as a symbolic reference to the relationship between the United States and Mexico at the time this photo was taken. In my practice, I attempt to denature the photographic tropes of amature photographers. I am drawn towards, making images that seem familiar or that reference every other image that has been taken of a subject, but through my own subjective lens, I hope to render the familiar strange again. I want my images to evoke the sense that you have seen them before but somehow everything has changed; like seeing an ex-lover from whom you have moved on.

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