Air pollution is impetus for exhibit

Vannesza Sebok, junior biology major, views the work of photographer Christine Carr titled “Tussling By the Smoker.” The image is part of Carr’s greater work, “In the Air: A photographic investigation of the events that give rise to airborne particles.” Her focus is the universal issue of unhealthy particles being emitted into the air, the effect they have on the environment, and her need to spread awareness. She explained that these emissions include “byproducts of transportation, celebration, energy production or food growth and preparation.” Carr’s artist talk will be in the Abraham Campus Center Ballroom on Oct. 4 followed by a reception and gallery viewing in the Irene Carlson Gallery from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. / photo by Ariel Torres
Vannesza Sebok, junior biology major, views the work of photographer Christine Carr titled “Tussling By the Smoker.” The image is part of Carr’s greater work, “In the Air: A photographic investigation of the events that give rise to airborne particles.” Her focus is the universal issue of unhealthy particles being emitted into the air, the effect they have on the environment, and her need to spread awareness. She explained that these emissions include “byproducts of transportation, celebration, energy production or food growth and preparation.” Carr’s artist talk will be in the Abraham Campus Center Ballroom on Oct. 4 followed by a reception and gallery viewing in the Irene Carlson Gallery from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. / photo by Ariel Torres

Maydeen Merino
Staff Writer

“In the Air: A Photographic Investigation of the Instances and Processes That Give Rise to Airborne Particles,” by photographer Christine Carr is showing through Oct. 21 in the University’s Carlson Gallery in Miller Hall.

The exhibit features landscape photography, which also include humans and animals in the photos as well.

“I have always been drawn to the land, and how I can express myself through nature and landscapes,” Carr said.

Sixteen photos lining the gallery walls show the vast amount of particles sent out into the atmosphere by fires, wind and industrial work.

“What is really fascinating about this project is that things go up into the air and dissipate,” said Carr, who wants to focus on making that phenomenon visible.

Kevin Bowman, photo department manager, curated the exhibit.

He said he and Carr discussed exactly which set of photos would work well in the gallery so as to best convey the message of the photographer.

Carr originally sent Bowman several files filled with hundreds of photographs that she felt would go well within the series.

The photos chosen are set up in the gallery so as to circle back around – starting off calm, growing more stressful as the viewer moves forward, and then ending off calm again.

“The idea is you are taken on a journey,” Bowman said.

Having always been fond of nature, Carr said she is concerned about the environment, which she tries to portray through her photographs.

Some of the photos feature industrial buildings as they spew pollution and chemicals into the air.

“I’m trying to make a point that this stuff happens. Even though we can’t see it, doesn’t mean we are not breathing it in and doesn’t mean it’s not having an impact,” said Carr.

Carr’s photo “Production” shows a manufacturing building in the middle of a rural area exposing pollution into the air.

Another photo of Carr’s, titled “Train and Tower, West Virginia,” features a huge industrial building in the middle of a town, which can be seen exposing a ton of black smoke into the atmosphere.

“I like the idea how there are factories in the landscape photos, seeing how landscape and industrial things are mixed together and how its effecting one another.” said Dorothy Gartsman, senior photography major.

Many of Carr’s photographs contain some kind of smoke, much of it coming from prescribed burns, used to control fires that negatively effecting the atmosphere with pollution.

“I like the awareness with the issues of the environment in these photos,” said Mya-Lin Lewis, sophomore photography and business administration major.

Carr will be on campus for an artist’s talk in the Campus Center Ballroom at 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

After the panel, a reception will be held in the Carlson Gallery from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Students are welcomed to to discuss Carr’s work with her during the reception.

Maydeen Merino can be reached at maydeen.merino@laverne.edu.

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