William Nourse –Detachment
Archival pigment prints. 13” x 19”, open edition, $300
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Artist Statement: The opportunity to spend time in wild places is increasingly rare. Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, meditating on a sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world take the time to, and are able to, experience.
While landscape photography often concentrates on showing beauty or drama with context such as a grand landscape in the mountains, this project is deliberately focused on taking that context away from the viewer. Shot in the Gobi Desert in November 2017, there is no sense of scale, and orientation of the images feels arbitrary, rather than conforming to traditional landscape standards. By detaching the images from their context, I can force the viewer to ask the question ‘what am I looking at?’ and come to her own conclusions.
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Bio: Will Nourse is a landscape photographer known for his use of color and texture to bring his outdoor experiences to life. He has been an avid photographer for almost twenty years, and his work reflects a lifetime of hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing and sailing, all of which have given him a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.
Nourse was recently featured in the exhibition ‘Expeditions: From Iceland to the Gobi’ at the Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport, MA. In 2017 he was selected for the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show (2017), and his image ‘Seljalandsfoss #2’ was selected as Best in Show for Photography in the NAA’s 20th Annual Regional Juried Show (2017)
He resides in Amesbury, MA.