This body of work is a collection of portraits and environmental portraits and street photography that pulls together people that make me smile, make me think, make me thankful. The work is one part friends and family and one part people who I wish were friends and family, or rather, maybe they are neighbors on some other social frequency... These specific photos spell out a somewhat idealized version of my life. A generalized description of this work would be that these are the photographs of a diarist, someone who photographs their life... but I am thinking that my life isn't nearly as interesting as these photographs would have you believe. Thus the name of the portfolio becomes "Super Natural" because these images are a little more exotic than the normal day to day that I share with most people. So, really, I think that I am making, here, photographs of the life that I would like have. Filled with theater and celebration and friends and loved ones and music and dance and beauty and good jokes and burlesque and casual transformation and so on. Because life just as often delivers protest and poverty and politics and unhappiness and people I am not particularly drawn to, these ideas also exist within the larger framework of my photography. Luckily though, unlike in life, I can edit my photographs to look like a pretty good time. It seems to me that we only have so long that we can kick up a cloud of dust before it begins to bury us. We should have a few laughs, I think.
Gordon Stettinius is an artist and educator living in Richmond, Virginia and writing in the third person. He recently took a break from teaching to found a publishing company, Candela Books, dedicated to producing quality fine art photography books.
I am setting out to collaborate with other artists, in the hopes of leaving a collection of quality analog footprints in these shifting sands of transient technology. Beautiful, distinct, intellectual, atavistic, awkward, intuitive, emotional, scathing, melancholy, humanistic footprints.
I prefer lo-fi equipment: vintage cameras, plastic cameras, pinhole cameras, etc.
I prefer analog processes. I enjoy darkroom printing still and occasionally dinking around with alternative processes and mixed media work.
And then sometimes I'll pop a xanax and shoot my digital camera in public.
As a photographer, Gordon Stettinius has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last twenty-five years and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections. His work is represented by Robin Rice Gallery in New York and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Stettinius is also an emeritus member of 1708 Gallery and an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2010, Gordon founded Candela Books, a publishing company, and, to date, they have produced three fine art photography monographs with more in the works. In 2011, Gordon founded a fine art photography gallery dedicated to featuring the work of nationally respected photographers. Candela Books + Gallery now inhabits a renovated 3,800 square foot building in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia and is one of the leading advocates for fine art photography in the mid-Atlantic region.
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