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“Factorium”… Photographs by Rebecca Battle
March 2 - March 28, 2012
Opening Reception March 2, 2012 6:00 - 8:30pm


 

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“Factorium”… Photographs by Rebecca Battle

ABOUT THE WORK

Factorium is a pictorial essay of American factories and the ingenuity and prosperity they represented in the early 20th century. America became the most powerful nation on Earth from the great innovation and technological progress produced within the confines of a factory. Mostly abandoned now they are a reminder of America’s power and it’s fall from grace as a manufacturing nation. Posing, as museum pieces the factories are perfect opportunity for any photographer. What was originally a mission to document America’s past, turned into an inspiration to symbolically recreate the look and feel of the early twentieth century sepia toned photographs using the modern medium of digital photography and computer software. A weathered look of
texture was also added to mimic to look of an old photograph. The impression that this modern technique is to be confused with an older photograph or traditional way of processing a photograph was purely intentional.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My mission as a photographer is to utilize every day life and its surroundings as if it were ready-made set design and bring attention to the mundane or abandoned. Things and places that people are mostly unaware of as they go about their daily lives. I like documenting the erosion of urban and rural America. The Factorium series is prime example of America’s past as factories
sit empty or are being replaced by gentrification with all its implied
implications. But also anything that is still such as the series Auto-Tourium I find irresistible to shoot. The monographs suggest a sudden occurrence annihilated life because there is hardly a trace of human activity.

I also tread the conceptual waters able to utilize a background in film. For instance, G-Woman is a photoplay about an FBI agent hunting down a criminal in the 1930s’ designed to be played out like a film but instead told through still photographs. Or in the case of Board I just spent enough time at Venice Skateboard Park to document little stories amongst the skaters that unfolded in front of me.

Mostly, however, I feel that photographs should tell their own story through humor, irony, and possibly danger. My work formula is all about possessing a camera wherever I can carry it and take advantage of what has been presented in front of me mostly by chance. Stumbling upon unintentional places is thrilling and a treasure trove of life.