Adrian Etheridge, BA Senior Exhibition in Photography

Self Manipulation

Adrian Etheridge, BA Senior Exhibition in Photography
December 5 – December 15, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Highsmith Union
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Several pieces of Adrian Etheridge's BA Senior Exhibition portfolio, Self Manipulationare included in the BA Senior Group Exhibition along with ten other candidates whose portfolios are the culmination of their work toward a bachelor of arts degree in art.

Artist Statement: "Self Manipulation is a body of work that examines two very different photographic practices – digital vs. analog, printer vs. darkroom – and how I approach the creation of each individual photograph. In art, often the process is as important as the final product because it tells the artist's own story. This exhibition, Self Manipulation, tells of, and is, my photographic journey.

Is it art or is it a document? This controversy of how to classify a photograph elicits the idea that photography is an artistic medium in a world of its own; not quite traditional art in the way that a fully-malleable medium such as painting is, but not quite an objective document either.  A photograph can represent a factual record of an event, person, or place; however, the fact that a human being with his or her own personal preferences and aesthetics pressed the shutter means that every photo will have a degree of bias and subjectivity, making it a manipulation of reality.

In creating this show, I explored some of the ways in which images can be manipulated. By examining the processes behind creating a final image—from selecting the point of view to developing and editing the image to printing it to putting it out into the public domain—I found that in every aspect of the process, a piece of the photographer's own vision and personality seeps into the photograph.

The question is, if we do accept the idea that the photos are simply captured moments in the photographer's personal view of reality, will that change how we view photography as a medium for conveying truth?"