The photographic work of Brittany Nelson challenges the medium’s characteristic conventions. Furthermore, it defies our traditional expectations of how to look at photography. In fact, at first glimpse some might hardly conceive Nelson’s stunning abstractions as photography at all. From afar, her compositions can easily evoke the intricacy of drawing, translucent layers of watercolor, finely etched lines or even the shadows of smoke. The engagement of these visuals is immediate. We are engaged in a space that holds the illusion of texture and the promise of depth. Overall, Nelson’s works lure us in, inviting us to search for more information up close, between the folds.
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