Meditations, Photography of Terri Bright
"As a photographer with a background in painting, I photograph details, shadows, and misplaced objects. I look to familiar forms and formal structures to describe my relationship to things within and around me. The tension between the disorder of my surroundings and my internal desire for pictorial order and beauty is crucial to my working process.
For me, beauty comes in many forms: a slab of chicken, a mop turned monument, debris that resembles its own miniature cosmos. Improvisation and reflection yield lyrical narratives from the everyday – inorganic forms disclose life-like characteristics, randomly placed objects seem purposeful, bent frames become graceful. These images are like small meditations, granting permission to pause, and creating space for contemplation. Forgotten items and ordinary spaces possess a kind of wilted beauty that alternately suggest playfulness, tranquility, melancholy, and desire."
Terri Bright is a fine art photographer whose work focuses on non-traditional beauty. With a background in painting, she uses the camera to create images of quiet, contemplative spaces. Born in Pennsylvania, Bright lived and worked in New York and Japan prior to attending graduate school in Austin. Her work has been included in numerous national exhibitions, and she currently teaches photography at Furman University in Greenville. Bright’s monograph Sonnets, was published by Flash Powder Projects (now Yoffy Press) in 2016.