Photography by MassArt students!
Photography by MassArt students!
For 6 weeks, CCTV will host five local photographers and students at MassArt for a photography show at the Karen Aqua Gallery!
YANKA PETRI: "To me, being 21 is about surrounding myself with people that cherish me and people who aren’t afraid of being themselves either. Friendship is a constant theme in my work. I hope that through my photographs I show a different side of the in-between age, exploring youth relationships and the experiences that come with it. This age has made me second guess myself, my life and “the so anticipated future”, but somehow I learned to accept that just because of my age and the time I live in, it is okay to fail, to break up with the person you thought you’d one day marry, it is okay to feel like you are not in control of your life, the anxiety when your bank account falls below $25, or not knowing exactly how you got home on that Friday night, but remembering that no matter who you are, where you are and what might be happening in your life right this second, everything will be okay - because we are only 21."
JERRY MISAEL: "I often feel the need to alter my reality through photography. Whether it is to escape it through transforming a space I occupy or to re-imagine it to feel entirely different. I plan to change the domestic space with the aid of gel lights, to create a surreal and uncanny feeling. My series dubbed, A House is Not a Home, shows the dreamscape, surrealism that comes with living in a house that feels distant. This body of work explores my curiosity of how I view my home and the distance that comes with desiring to be away from it. I'll use specific colors from the gels to express either tension and frustration within my home, or express warmth, connectivity to being in an altered state of reality. A House is Not a Home is inspired largely by the colors and films from the likes of Wong kar-Wai, Bi Gan, Wim Wenders, and Stanley Kubrick. They all share a common interest which is their ability to manipulate colors to feel otherworldly."
MARCELINA ROSZKOWSKI: "An experimental-reflective series of photographs that create a narrative through self-portraiture and still life. The tone of the body of work is not meant to be serious, rather somewhat humorous, composition, materials and manipulations. I create dreamlike, cinematic yet alienating scenes, and play with the viewers relation to the subconscious. By creating a fictional world that the viewer is briefly allowed to live in, or even creating a distant reality, I want try to illustrate a timeless and indescribable era, applying elements that subtly ‘feel wrong’, and engulf the viewer with uneasiness. By manipulating the viewer's eye, the surreal elements, lack of color, as well as classic references that are not specific to one decade, I am trying to imitate a sense of mystery and disquiet."
KHRISTOPHER PARKER: “When we dream, we don’t dream in other people’s clichés of us.” -Teju Cole
"I tend to want to make people feel the way I would want to feel. Empathy and tenderness are emotions that my work consist of. That being said when I look at myself, like everyone does, it's more critically. For me, being a black man has always added another layer of complexity. From a young age at times I was told I was never black enough and that has always made me question myself. I feel like I’ve always been missing a part of my identity. The wandering eyes from people when I walk into a room. I find myself contemplating, have they been exposed to other black people intimately? Will I be seen as the ghetto black kid or am I this articulate black kid. But what does that even mean?, Why can’t I be both? I’m beginning to realize I’m battling with myself. These thoughts as well as the perception of being a somewhat larger black man in today’s world linger inside my head. I can’t help but feel self conscious, a lot of people are being hurt because of their blackness. At the same time there are a lot of us not holding back an exuding confidence with this black identity as armor and sword. I see that, I admire that, and with this work want to channel that energy into myself. With this project I’m looking at myself
more deeply and confronting these feelings. I want to let the viewer in as a bystander. Using color and distortions I want to create an experience of beautiful chaos of both good and bad emotions. I’m heavily influenced by music videos, light and I'm also finding inspiration in more abstract portraiture. As I find myself struggling with these twisted feelings I’m seeking to find strength in my black identity and to wear it proud."
"Femininity and nature have always been closely tied. We have all grown up around the idea of Mother Nature because women have the ability to harbor life and women are nurturing. However, femininity also revolves around being delicate, soft, innocent, and graceful. Through the use of portraiture and still-life, I embarked on an exploration of femininity in nature and the relationship between the two. By photographing quiet, still, fleeting yet beautiful moments in nature as well as women in highly dream-like settings I have intertwined the two in multiple pairings to observe the conversations they create between each other and how the combinations evoke nuances of femininity; both its strengths and its fragility. The photographs also highlight the often romanticized idea of femininity, but they also seek to emphasize the painfully beautiful aspects of the two."