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Owen, C

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Awards
Bronica National Photography Four Year Scholarship, first place student portfolio (National)
AICAD, New York Studio Program Residency (National)

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Trophies This series examines the cruelty of an unfair and untimely death while questioning the role of man versus animal. Why does man kill wonderful creatures that neither threaten him nor provide him with sustenance? Hunting for show (taxidermy) tells us of man's desire to prove his power by ending the lives of exotic and rare creatures. Man has forced death upon these creatures, and yet cannot avoid his own inevitable death. The photographs explore the existence of creatures killed for show. I capture their tragic story of innocence, anger, and fear through the expressions forced upon them by taxidermists. The animals emerge from a large black void that symbolizes death and forces us to imagine their missing bodies. They are again hunted, but this time only to be captured in a new existence. Within each photograph, the animals seem to speak to us; some are vengeful, threatening, angry, innocent, yet other are majestic and even calm. Currently, as I work on the Trophies series, I extended my studies of the natural world of insects. Natural Curiosities closely examines insects that are found in our parks and even our own homes. I am truly in awe of nature and its beauty and feel as I should give back something just as alluring. The subjects in my photographs take on a new identity, breathing new life into its former self. What I find fascinating and challenging, is creating a new and identity of often overlooked creatures such as a bee, moth or the cicada. Photography has allowed me to show these natural curiosities in a unique manner. A once dead moth found on a windowsill can be staged, and again, come alive in front of the camera. The very act of photographing something that has expired and giving it life once again, is a soul fulfilling experience. For me, these photographs act as a form of reincarnation. Owen

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