Artist Blog

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Skowhegan

Nov 11, 2019 - Bryson Rand

This summer, I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where my work began to shift and expand in exciting ways. Living and working in rural Maine with sixty four other artists for nine weeks gave me access to a new landscape and group of people to photograph, as well as an influx of inspiration and exchange of ideas about art making. I came into the residency with renewed interest and questions about the ways portraiture and images of the environment/landscape could operate together to create a compelling photographic world. Moving away from choreographing interactions allowed me to foster situations that allowed people to choose how to present themselves and what to reveal. Intermixing images of the environment alongside portraits allows for expansion of the imagination and potentiality; grounding the bodies in a space that is at once familiar and full of mystery. Through these pairings I became fascinated with the ways light, water, and atmosphere can transform how people are viewed and transfer something of their presence and power onto bodies.