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Artist Statement

- Elijah M Dreuitt

I started taking photographs four and a half years ago. My interest was sparked after my father tagged me in a 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram. With the encouragement I received from my friends and family, I decided to take an introductory photo course which happened to be a film photography course. In taking that class I fell in love with photography, and in addition to that I was recognized by my professor and he urged me to become a photography major because it was a hidden talent of mine.  

 

There is something that I feel when I’m out taking my photographs almost instinctively that causes me to stop dead in my tracks when I see a composition that I find appealing. My work is driven by intuition. I discovered in my studies the definitions for the techniques that I was implementing such as shape & form, balance, line, rhythm, repetition, the rule of thirds, and proportion & size that enhance each and every image I take. My thoughts behind each composition I take are geared to not only allow the viewer to see what I saw or felt in the photo but also leave enough open-endedness so that they can make the image their own. It is not just my point of view I want to bring across, but I want it to resonate from the viewers’ perspective too. Naturally, we see life through one pair of lenses. A pair of lenses that is unique to oneself. However, the art of Photography gives us the ability to see life through everyone’s lenses! Life is all about perspective and yet we spend most if not all of our lives stuck on a perspective that is unique to oneself! Value cannot be obtained or quantified without collaboration and open dialogue of one's art. My goal is to use it in a way that always leaves room for diverse interpretation

For example, when shooting Urban photography, I frame a lot of my compositions around the architecture and then people come afterward. Since I feel like I am invading people's space I take the time to set up my images around the architecture and sense of spatial compositions. So as people walk towards me, they assume I am taking a photo of something else, not them, but indeed I am waiting for them to walk into the frame. In doing so it allows me to capture them candidly. So, once they come into the frame it adds depth and continuity to the image.  In a way that makes the person the icing on the cake. “SEPTA Trains, Still-In-Motion” best articulates the perspective and effects of my Photography. “SEPTA Trains, Still-In-Motion” embody the surroundings while taking advantage of light, motion, and even weather to convey a sense of form, function, and fascination. The techniques highlighted in this body of work are shape & form, rule of thirds, rhythm, and repetition.

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