Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Moore, Jill Tucker Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-11062009-124817 Title Everyday Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Department Art Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Neff, Thomas Committee Chair Barr, Courtney Committee Member Kelley, Kelli Scott Committee Member Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member Ortner, Rick Committee Member Keywords
- everyday people
- fine art
Date of Defense 2009-10-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractIn our everyday lives we are bombarded with thousands, even millions, of images. Suffering information overload, we filter out the vast majority of these impressions – the person we pass on the street or sitting in the car next to us at a stop light. We only ‘see’ those people, places and things that ‘matter’, all else becomes ‘noise’; filtered into the background of consciousness – vaguely familiar, yet simultaneously foreign, creating a ‘manageable paradigm’ or construct of the world we inhabit. I take photographic portraits every day. Not of the ‘important’ in my life, but the nondescript, often overlooked and unknown individuals we each encounter daily. These portraits may not be newsworthy, but are tributes to those steering their lives through the everyday, the ignored moments, and the places they pass. What I present invites the viewer to take an interest, to notice, and ultimately to acknowledge the people depicted. Photography has afforded me a reason and the luxury to approach complete strangers which I find interesting and ask if they would allow me to take their portraits, and while doing so, tell me a little about their lives. Most of these encounters last for a relatively short time, the memories, however, surpass what is caught on film.
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