2013 LENSCRATCH Student Prize Honorable Mention winners: Emily Krakoff and Buzzy Sullivan
Nudity and nakedness represent divergent spectrums of identity. To be naked is to be individual. In nakedness, the self is laid bare and the singularity of each body shines forth. While the naked person is the same body with or without a viewer, the status of the nude is entirely defined by the presence of a viewer. If nakedness is the revelation of individuality, then nudity is the subversion of distinction into archetype. Nudity has the same formality of clothing; it is itself a shroud. The nude body is an object to be surveyed as a landscape and a bouldered form to be visually climbed.
Buzzy grew up in Missoula, Montana, before he skipped from coast to coast and now resides in Portland, Oregon. He earned his BFA in Photography from Oregon College of Art and Craft. His art focuses on the processes of photography, printmaking, as well as instillation. He earned the Kirchoff Family Fine Arts Scholarship, as well as the OCAC Presidents Scholarship for three consecutive years. His photographic works have been published in Thrasher Magazine, Diffusion Magazine, as well as the book, The Pinhole Camera. In 2010 his photo-based work was selected to be a part of, Public Domaine, which was a skateboard inspired group show at the Gaite Lyrique in Paris. He is also a lifelong skateboarder, and his mother will always be his biggest fan!
I shot the images that make up The Smell of Success / The Effects of Decay as 8×10 Wet-Plate Ambrotypes, which is the same photographic process used by the post-Civil War photographers who traveled with government-sponsored surveys to document the then uninhabited West. Their 19th Century images created a sense of what could be tamed and owned in the American West. My photographs emulate my predecessors’ images, allowing the viewer a vantage point to contemplate how we as a society have managed resources in some of the most environmentally fragile areas over the past century.
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