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Narratives

The transformation of a place from concrete to ephemeral, the elements that elevate a scene from everyday to extraordinary; these are the images that comprise the work in this portfolio. The photographs are pieces of a story that compel viewer participation. Just as each of us writes the stories of our lives everyday, the viewer is invited to create a narrative of the image, organizing the information, filling in the before and after.

The combination of movement and stillness makes for a dynamic image, which picks up in the middle of a scene. Like our lives, the photographs are pieces of a story, they are not the whole story, but the fragments from which that story is built and grows. The scenes are hiding in the open on the streets. It is my story, your story, our collective story. These stories inform our lives, how we see each other, how we see ourselves and make sense of the world around us. Our stories write the story of our city, our country and our world everyday.

Transience and permanence, capturing the fleeting moments in this series lends them a sense of the permanent. While the environment has some of it’s permanence shaken loose. Just as the world around us is not as permanent as it seems, we too, are also not as ephemeralThese images, these narratives give us pause to reflect on the nuances of this paradox. In this reflection, we realize that the seemingly contradictory opposites of’ concrete and ephemeral, kinetic and static, transient and permanent are not inviolable but permeable and fluid. The story is us and it is larger than us.

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All work by Heather

Heather Schmaedeke
2017, 24" x 16", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2017, 16" x 24", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2017, 24" x 16", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2017, 16" x 24", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2017, 24" x 16", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2016, 24" x 16", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2016, 16" x 24", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2016, 24" x 16", Digital Photograph
$150.00
Heather Schmaedeke
2015, 24" x 16", Digital Photograph
$150.00