Lori Deemer
Photo by Emily Duff

Artist Statement

My recent photographs are explorations of texture, time, and personality of place. Each frame has a history. . . its own perspective of life that it has become witness and participant observer to. There exists a quiet personality, locked inside its molecules and worn surfaces, stories often overlooked and disregarded. While rust, brick, or earth may be the transparent subject of a photograph, the meaning appears in the summation of the history of the structure, the evidence of time, and its individual character.

I am entranced by the push and pull of light, shift in detail and ambiguity, the accidental and decisive marks on their surfaces, the saturation and fading of color, and the worn juxtaposed with the unfaltering. My photographs bridge the gap between portraits and abstraction, capturing literal details on one level and implied emotion on another. I seek to capture with a sense of intimacy, respect, and reverence -- as if not to disturb, but show the beauty of these places’ unique faces.



Listen to a recent artist interview at the Octagon Gallery:


Lori Deemer [photography :: art :: design]