Thursday, November 17, 2011

proud to present "life & death" winning photographer: amelia fletcher

here is the first installment of posts featuring the stand out photographers
from the life & death photo challenge...

amelia fletcher is currently attending uncc, working on a bfa with a concentration in photography.  
her future plans include attending a graduate program where she will learn her mfa. 
fletcher enjoys many different art mediums, but photography is her passion... 
whether it is working with film, digital or an alternative process. 
she is inspired by the natural world, history, stories from the past, human perception and memory.

the works presented here today are from a series called, "these reckless conditions".

this body of imagery explores the fragile relationship between humans and the environment, 
and our senseless efforts to collect and control it. 
i have always been fascinated with the natural world. 
most of my childhood was spent playing in creeks and woods near our home, 
collecting relics of nature untouched and unaltered by human hands. 
have always felt a connection to nature's tangible contents and the land around me. 

symbolically and historically birds are of a particular fascination. 

the more i understand my work, 
the more i draw associations to the similarities between the human species and that of the legendary aves
birds are revered as one of the most intelligent creatures in the world with complex social structures 
resembling that of humans. 
they have been represented in diverse and prominent roles in folklore and religion 
across the world, since the beginnings of human history. 
in myth and culture they have been portrayed as messengers, deities, universal guardians, and prophets of truth. 
birds communicate using song and body language.
the vast majority are monogamous and they are remarkably equipped to remember precise locations during migration. 
although humans have protected, domesticated, and sustained different breeds of birds,
conversely, they have caused population decrease and extinction of countless species.

because of the process used in the creation of these images, 

the tiniest of detail and delicate elements of each specimen are visible, 
transforming the small and frail into a significant symbol of our existence.

- amelia fletcher

if you would like to contact amelia or view more of her work,
check out her website

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

“No, the point is not only does time fly and do we die, 
but that in these reckless conditions we live at all, and are vouchsafed, 
for the duration of certain inexplicable moments, to know it.” 

-Annie Dillard Pilgram at Tinker Creek

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