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The Looking Glass

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posted on 2010-09-01, 00:00 authored by Nick Harvey
"My recent graduate research is both conceptual and theoretical in nature. Ultimately, my broader interests reside in self-contemplation and greater insight into the world we live in. Similarly, in the work presented, I examine relationships and power between humans on an individual basis. I envision scenes and exploit my own understanding of reality and imagination. Humans, to a certain extent, possess the ability to construct the world around them and can do so for or against their favor. The dark nature of my images question whether or not the characters shown are in fact exerting this kind of control or merely being controlled by outside forces. Central to my concept is the necessity of a specific atmosphere and mood. The addition of colored light allows for greater visual expression with the possibility of mimicking form and infusing light into an environment. This is actualized through meticulously placed wireless flash units and colored gels at the time of digital capture. “The Looking Glass,” set in a public bathroom, plays with the viewer in that both the existence and intention of the standing figure is not known. "


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Entry in 2009 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 16-May 12, 2009.

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