A Wider Perspective on People
Anna Melton, BFA Senior Exhibition in Photography
When: May 8 – July 31, 2015
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.–6p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Artist Statement: The Web is full of stunning panoramic photography – mountain ranges, sunsets, cityscapes, seaside villages, ballparks. But one can flip through these images for hours without seeing a single one featuring a person. In her senior exhibition, photo major Anna Melton uses the ultrawide-perspective panoramic format for environmental portraits, shooting people in settings that illuminate who they are. Each image is stitched together from dozens of digital photos into one, multi-gigabyte panorama that tells its story through human interaction with meaningful objects sharing the space. Anna creates a sweeping multi-angled view from a fixed location in space, a cumulative act of seeing that cannot be achieved with one photograph or a single glance of the naked eye. The resulting images stretch 8 to 12 feet in length and pack far more information into the artwork than a standard photographic frame. It’s the same idea as an author producing a book instead of a short story, or a composer writing for an orchestra instead of a string quartet. The complexity and level of detail are mesmerizing.—Anna Melton.
The exhibition is the culmination of Melton's work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art with a concentration in photography. Read review of her exhibition in Asheville Citizen-Times.