Web of Lives

Jenna Straley
Oct 15, 2014 11:32PM

One of the most upsetting truths about the world is that no single person can ever fully understand another. We tend to believe that all knowledge is there in front of us, when in fact that is incomplete. So how can we possibly understand another human being? How can we fully empathize? How can we imagine ourselves in another life, in someone else’s shoes? The answer is photography. Photographs are the closest, most realistic source that we have which allows us to picture another person’s experience.

 Our location of our exhibition is the SCAD Museum and the show is in two sections that are unified in theme. The first section the audience walks into a brightly lit corridor that then proceeds to be led into an enclosed room with dim lighting and rounded walls.  The lit corridor focuses on landscapes from around the world.  The specific photographs will show the context of people within their environment and how they reflect one another.  The lighting in the corridor is brightly lit because it expands space, moving the eye from one landscape to the next.

The second section continues through the gallery entering the next room with darker lighting and expansive space. This is where all of the portraits are displayed.  Although there is darker lighting each individual portrait is illuminated with a spotlight from above. This focuses the viewer’s eyes on one picture at a time, slowing down the pace and drawing you into the subject.  We chose these specific works of art because each one represents one single life that is far different from the next. We include different emotions, relationships, setting and time.

The overall message of the exhibition leaves the audience with a gateway to a new perspective of another’s life. We become more connected with them. With all the work together, landscapes and portraits, you receive this message more clearly, rather then looking at one individual photograph or artist.

Jenna Straley