Polly Chandler: The States Project: Tennessee
Before I ever had the opportunity to meet Polly Chandler in person, I was collecting her work. It touched me in a way that felt very personal, very revealing. I knew when I discovered her that there was something very special about this artist. I got the feeling her entire life was revealed in her images.
A few years later, she left Austin, Texas to move to Nashville where she coincidentally began teaching photography at the same place I teach.
I had Polly speak about her work to a group I lead. Her presentation was a fascinating time of sharing her work and baring her soul unlike any artist had ever done in that setting. The 150+ attendees still speak about that evening. Some of the images she shared were her interpretations of the music of Tom Waits.
Polly Chandler grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated with an MFA in photography from Southern Illinois University. She has exhibited her work nationally, and her photographs have been published in magazines such as Photo District News, American Photo, and B&W Magazine.
About her body of work, she says: “There are those occurrences that sit with us and settle into who we are. Some are more forceful than others. I am seeking to explore those identifiable instances that seem to slow time, and through my photographs, share the understanding of these moments.”
You Build It Up, You Wreck It Down
In this body of work is a collection of narratives based on my personal interpretations of the music and lyrics by the singer-songwriter, Tom Waits. Over the past many years, I have endeavored on a project that filters and renders my experiences, emotions and quest for purpose, through my understanding of his music. It is often simply a single line from a song that will spark an idea.
The images are perhaps my interpretation of the essence of the song, and how it represents an experience in my life. All images were photographed with a large format 4X5 inch camera, using the now discontinued Polaroid Type 55. No digital manipulation was used.
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