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Photographer's visions of beauty
come from living life through a lens
Editor’s note: In this weekly
series, we examine the exception
al work and accomplishments of
individual students in art, dance,
music, acting and design.
“All of this, calm and reason
able as it was, made oilt of ordi
nary things as it was, was the
truth now: Beauty, that was truth
now. Beauty was everywhere.”
Through the viewfinder of
this camera, Ian Whitmore sees
images of the world and utilizes
photography for reflection and as
_a way to think ahnnt his PYperi
For Whitmore, a sophmore
photography major, Woolf's
expression of truth as beauty is
synonymous with photography.
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Whitmore's photographs emit a quiet grace through images of
everyday settings and objects. His photos speak for themselves
without evoking a specific, prescribed response from a viewer.
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world and everywhere you go it breathes, eats and sleeps differently,” Whitmore said. "There is
beauty in that the world is different everywhere you turn your head.”
r Whitmore’s work is evidence of his pursuit to skillfully capture beauty.
"Ian definitely has a way of looking at things around him and photographing them to cre
ate something beautiful," said Dave Read, a professor of art at the University of Nebraska
Whitmore was selected by fellow advanced photography students as a student excelling in
“Ian came into this program with the enthusiasm of a junior or senior and is totally into
what he’s doing,” Read said.
Whitmore works almost entirely in black-and-white images. He experiments with various
forms of cameras, such as medium format and 35mm.
Whitmore’s obvious passion for pho
tography and desire to experiment has
pulsed within his veins for six intense years.
"I first took photography in high school
because I thought it would be interesting,
but I didn’t realize until
later how much I loved it,
and then I didn’t want to
stop,” Whitmore said.
The power of photog
raphy fuels Whitmore’s
interest in art
“I’ve taken other art
classes like drawing and
painting, but I get off on
photography because it is
so real,” Whitmore said. “It
is a form of description that is real even
when it's a lie.”
“Photography is such an intense art
form, and it is the most direct way for me to
experience and deal with life,” he said. “The
photographs allow me to transfer the world
into something that makes sense.”
For Whitmore, photography exists as a
way to convey life. The people he interacts
with influence his art and serve as the
palette for the images he skfiffully creates
with his camera.
“When I take photos, I am not normally
thinking about specific issues," Whitmore
said. “Like, I’m not trying to apply different
factors of life that are affecting me, but I
know those things really are affecting my
Whitmore doesn’t intend for his images
to contain some deep message but is more
interested getting a response to his work.
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I dont want to decide tor people what
they get out of my photographs. Hopefully,
every viewer gets something different,” he said. “I don’t want to prescribe my work, but be sur
prised like everyone else.”
Stylistically, Whitmore is open to many things and feels it is difficult to apply a certain style
to life’s sporadic nature.
The strength of Whitmore’s style is found in a graceful balance of compositions that sup
port the diverse ideas that come out of the photographs
“It is so important to piece evidence together carefully or the photograph won’t support
itself,” Whitmore said.
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Arbus and Robert Frank
"Nixon creates such intense relationships between the camera and
what he photographs, and Diane Arbus reinforces howl feel about the pho
tographs I take,” he said.
"Arbus proved that no one looks at the world the same way and
explored the unique ways of encountering the world”
Whitmore is inspired by the words of Arbus' autobiography: “I can’t
defend this position, but I think I take photographs because there are
things that nobody would see unless I photographed them.”
Robert Frank also inspires Whitmore to travel to places he's never been
and work m a
process of edu
work and style
to other pho
isn’t as hard
nosed as Robert
Frank or as dry
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incredible comparisons, there is no chance of this guy slowing down.
Whitmore remains focused upon graduate school and would eventual
Sophomore studio art major tan Whitmore seeks beauty through making images of the world he sees. "[Photography]
is the most direct way for me to experience and deal with life," he said."The photographs allow me to transfer the
world into something that makes sense."
ly like to teach photography at a university.
“At some point as an art major, you need a job, and I can’t imagine a bet
ter job in the universe than teaching photography,” he said.
Whitmore does intend to pursue a professional photography career, yet “underneath
everyone is afraid that someone will say, ‘What you're doing isn’t art!”’ he said.
The subjectivity in deciding what constitutes art can determine an artist’s success or fail
ure. Ultimately, Whitmore plans to understand how to really become a practicing artist and
how to work within the marketplace.
While Whitmore continues to pursue his Bachelor of Arts, he will no doubt spend countless
hours in confined rooms lit by a warm, red tone amidst trays of chemicals to create the images
of his experiences.
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