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Blog about the studio, life and travels of visual artist Carly Drew.

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Hunting + Contemporary Photography

Carly Drew

When researching contemporary work on the subject of hunting there are very few painters, drawers or printmakers that come up. While this was disappointing, I did find a number of photographers that were interested in documenting hunting. Albeit in a more documentary spirit, the fact that photographers are interested made me wonder about their approach to the work.  This was interesting to me because it added another facet to the fact that a lot of hunting is documented via photography on social media. After digging around a bit the two that struck me as most similar to my work conceptually are Brian Lesteberg and Erika Larsen. Below are some images and a little information about each, with links to their websites if you are interested in learning a bit more about them.

Brian Lesteberg chooses to document hunting around where he grew up in rural North Dakota, the images are both quiet and intense at the same time and deal with more than the momentary action of the kill, emphasizing preparation, anticipation and conclusion in an introspective manner.

Erika Larsen traveled the United States for two projects about hunting, Young Blood and The Hunt.  In Young Blood she focuses on the next generation of hunters and coming of age as a functioning part of their environment, while revealing a tradition as it carries on.  In The Hunt focuses on the primal nature of the act and, much like Lesteberg, the pervading sense of calmness and introspection that accompanies it.

Rembrandt's Slaughtered Ox

Carly Drew

Part of my graduate research is exploring the visuals of hunting in both traditional genre painting and contemporary trophy snapshots. An activity that typically takes place in rural areas, hunting is an important signifier for the way contemporary relationships to the land are evolving, making these images serve as important documentation of those ideas. This is why I wanted to write a series of blogs that focus on starting a visual dialogue about the interactions that take place between man, nature and culture through hunting.

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