Collection Overview

Collector's Statement

I am fascinated by accidental outcomes and unintended results in both life and art. Photography allows me to experiment with intention and outcomes, as I use an assortment of digital and film equipment to depict an artistic vision, document life and experience, and alter viewer perceptions or understandings. The images in this collection were taken July 2012 on a trip to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, using redscale film and black-and-white film in a medium format Holga camera, and adding a fisheye lens for some shots. I sought to capture images that would differ from how park visitors actually saw the sights around them, by using non-standard film and an unusual lens, and by focusing on details or angles that many people might overlook. These images are intended to show an alternative take on the typical tourist experience, particularly at a highly trafficked and frequently photographed park like Yellowstone. Additionally, using a “toy” camera constructed out of plastic and subject to an off-kilter viewfinder and occasional light leaks means that the resultant photos often differ from the shot I’d planned. I enjoy seeing the sometimes unexpected results from the experimental collaboration between my eye and the camera body.

Related Links

Untitled 9: SooVAC's 9th Annual Juried Exhibition
Two of the photos in this collection, "Yellowstone National Park (2)" and "Yellowstone National Park (4)," were selected for inclusion in SooVAC's Untitled 9 show. This exhibition was up November 10 - December 30, 2012.

Quodlibetica Review of Untitled 9 Exhibition
This review of the exhibition includes one of my photos. A slightly different version of the review is available at http://soovac.blogspot.com/2012/12/minnesota-minimalism-chris-larson.html .

City Pages Untitled 9 Opening Event Notice
Untitled 9 opening event page from City Pages.

City Pages Dressing Room Blog Post on Untitled 9
City Pages' Dressing Room blog post reviewing SooVAC's Untitled 9 show, in which two of the photos in this collection are included.

Collection

Collection Classification

Photography