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Tony Patterson - The Rural Perspective Project

Tony Patterson
Dec. 4, 2017 – Feb. 25, 2018
Concourse C, Across from Gates 10 and 13  

Tony Patterson is a traditional analog photographer in rural Tennessee. He earned an Associates of Applied Science in Commercial Photography from Randolph College in Asheboro, N.C. Patterson has lived in Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina, and is now settled near the charming town of Lynchburg, Tenn., which is famous for Jack Daniel’s whiskey. His work consists primarily of large format film images shot on a 4 x 5 camera and utilizing unique lenses. His favorite lens is the famed Aero Ektar, which was mounted onto bombers in WWII and produces truly beautiful images. Fujifilm North America has placed five of Patterson’s images under license for use in their ads worldwide.

About The Rural Perspective Project
Patterson states, “My work explores our world through the analog process. Even though digital photography rules the day, I cannot find fulfillment utilizing the digital medium. I have a formal darkroom and have been exploring the use of custom liquid emulsions. I also use medium format and some 35mm film cameras as well. The images featured for this display are produced using an assortment of these cameras.  

I have found that images are often produced out of a sense of need; a therapeutic endeavor if you will. When the world starts spinning rapidly, I find that using the intentionally slow process of the view camera to be a truly restorative approach to life. Things slow down. Vision becomes clear. The heart loves once again.

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