The Collection

Collected works of E.E. Norris


                                              The Sociology of Gummi Bears #1: Race

                                              The Sociology of Gummi Bears #1: Race

Theory

Here photography is used as visual language to ask questions of a more direct philosophical nature.  Often delivered light-heartedly, these photographs are intended to disarm the viewer of preconceptions and gently (read: subversively) encourage one to approach complex investigations of the universe and human experience from what may have be previously unexamined angles.


 

                                                                                                Shuddtter

                                                                                                Shuddtter

Ab st ct

The typical understanding of abstract art views it as the result of the artist constructing a suggestion of reality from an amalgam of visual references.  Here, reality acts as a canvas from which the camera, along with modern digital software, is used as a paintbrush to skew that reality into something that's not quite. And while it has been said that photography inherently cannot be abstract, this reversal of the artistic process yields a result that might be considered as such.

                                                                                            Industryland

                                                                                            Industryland

Urb

That a large portion of humankind gravitates toward each other to form such vast concrete constructs, collaborations of immense proportion, these grandiose islands hoisted upon themselves, certainly inspires exploration.  Good, bad, magnificent and mad, they are the result of the collective human mind become manifest.  Here are studies of that anthropological essence we call the city.

 

                                                                                    Porcelain Dancer

                                                                                    Porcelain Dancer

arte factum

Two Latin words translating roughly to "thing made by skill" make up the etymological origins of the word "artifact".  Where so often in photography we are led to look to the human body to celebrate its beauty, the expression of ideals inherent within the form and function of even the most mundane of human creation offers insight to the human mind; a token of Zeitgeist, a potent reduction of personal and ofttimes wider cultural values.

                                                                                                     Baleful

                                                                                                     Baleful

                                                                                          Strata/sphere

                                                                                          Strata/sphere

Naturae

These are photographs that feature our world without evidence of humanity.  Nevertheless, it remains a challenging prospect for one to remove a human context upon viewing.  One may find some of these photos lead the viewer to do just that, while others may invite us to create parallels to our own personal experiences.

Rura

Though generally associated with farming and agriculture, the term "rural" here is broadened to include any of the varied and continually developing interactions between humankind and the natural world.  The hope being that one might reflect upon that tenuous relationship and the characterization of the part we would play, whether it be conqueror, denizen, or steward.


 

                                                                                                    Flocked

                                                                                                    Flocked

Condition

Here we forgo any perceived aesthetics of the human form and instead seek to tap into that instant recognition and desire to relate we experience when we see another human being, or even a human-esque shape.  That innate reaction is utilized to push questions concerning identity, society, emotion, empathy, interaction, perception, and existence.

                                                                             The Lighting Department

                                                                             The Lighting Department

i.e., misc., etc.

While most of the work in the collection may aptly fall under one or several of the preceding categories, there are a few that do not.  These misfits have to live somewhere, and this is their home.

 

Personae

What started as a study of light in a controlled setting yielded what I thought were some special images.  So I've decided to use them to set the foundation of a long-term project, conceptually distinct from the other work you see here.  But one philosophical approach remains fundamental - a concerted effort to make the image a vehicle for expanded thought rather than a reduction.

 

 

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