THE LANDSCAPE IN WHICH IDENTITY IS SUPPOSED TO BE GROUNDED IS MADE OUT OF MEMORY AND DESIRE, OF SHIFTING GESTURES THAT POINT TOWARDS WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND WILL HAPPEN. THERE ARE PLACES THAT MAKE US, AND IN SOME WAY, WE MAKE THEM. OUR MEANS OF SURVIVAL SPEAK OF HOW WE VALUE AND USE THE NATURAL WORLD ACCORDING TO OUR SENSES, AND SHOWS HOW OUR OWN HISTORY BECOMES ALIGNED WITH THE HISTORY OF A SITE. THE TERRAINS OF THESE STORIES ARE BUILT OUT OF PERSONAL GEOGRAPHIES, WHERE WE SEEK SOLITUDE AND SOMETIMES COMFORT, WHERE THE LIGHT IS REGENERATED INTO THREE HUNDRED GOLDEN BEES CALLING FORTH DESIRES THAT ARE RECONCILABLE.
EACH IMAGE, WHETHER IT IS OF A PERSON, INTERIOR, OR OBJECT IS A PORTRAIT :: A COMMA :: AN ELLIPSES. THE INTERPLAY OF PERSON AND PLACE IS SEEN THROUGH DISCOVERY AND MARK MAKING, ECHOING THE SITES AND SIGHTS OF OUR THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES. THESE MOMENTS EXPLORE THE VALUE OF PLACE, AS IT EXISTS IN OUR CONTEMPORARY LIVES, AND ITS CONNECTION TO A PAST THAT WE MAY KNOW OR IMAGINE.
A native of Jersey farmland, Allison Barnes is a large format photographer, printer and writer. She received her B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her photographs and articles have been the feature of numerous publications around the globe, and she has exhibited in solo* and group shows throughout the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of a National Park Artist Residency, was chosen as one of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2012 by Photo Boite, and received honorable mention in Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2013 by the Magenta Foundation. Barnes’ work is included in New Directions at the Detroit Center For Contemporary Photography, and her work is part of Catherine Edelman’s, The Chicago Project. She is the co-founder of Great Northern Labs, an analog darkroom based in Chicago.
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