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Burned by Duality

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Kevin Umbel

US$ 285

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S - 27cm (H) x 46cm (W) / 10.6" (H) x 18.1" (W)

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2020

Archival pigment print on hahnemühle baryta fb paper, 350 gsm.

Edition of 25

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Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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As the title of this images implies, I feel most of us have struggled or fought to find a balance. When, or if it's ever achieved, everything seems to be in harmonious accord. But when you're trying to find it, all can seem as though it's for nothing.

This image is also comprises two very contrasting entities. Torch cut steel and the circular trails from new born slugs. In much of my work, there is no reason for the combination of images, though at times there is a deliberate mixture of what could be loosely considered 'pairs of opposites'. Within this image I was seeking to create an aesthetic of just that. An unlikely combination of lines, arcs, colour, and matter brought together to confront a challenge that we all face at times...balance.'

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Born: 1979

Hometown: Youngstown, OH

Based in: Fayetteville, WV

Photography for me has been many things, though the one thing I’d rather not be called or labeled as is a Photographer. It does so happen that I use a camera to create my work and it is the most important physical tool used in my process, but it’s from within that my work is envisioned and brought to life. My journey with a camera started when I was in middle school. It was during a photography class that I fell in love with the process of arranging people, shapes, colors, lines, etc. into a rectangle, pressing the shutter and capturing them forever, frozen in time. My creative journey would lead me through many different subject phases and attempts to find a voice but it wasn’t until I broke free of literal and representational photography that I would find it.

To describe the motivation for my work today is like riding a wave. I attempt to keep my senses open to my current surroundings and be willing to see the world through my present emotions and simply create. The idea of a destination, or leaving the house with an image in mind has been dissolved from my creative process and has been replaced with capturing feelings, shapes, colors, lines, textures; acting out of intuition with my camera as opposed to creating something we have all seen and been associated with before.

When presenting my work I aspire to provoke something from within the viewer. To disarm them of their predispositions, allow them to wander their interior and get lost in the viewing. I wish to allow for the imagination to ebb and flow throughout the composition and drum up a conversation or simply leave them with a feeling previous to before.

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