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Emily Franklin
Chicago, Illinois

Waubonsee Community College, Photography Instructor


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There are no beginnings and no endings, only a succession of moments that we perceive as the passage of time.  My work explores the intangible forces that propel us from birth to death –forces that, through experience, contribute to our shifting identity.  By their nature, a force can only create change if it has something to oppose.  
We experience these forces as opposites, one opposing the other, but in actuality one cannot exist without the other.  Some forces draw us nearer – like the desire to pursue new experiences, the kindness of another individual or desire for knowledge and understanding.  Other forces repel us – guilt, the inability to be honest with oneself or a fear of repeating the past.  Nonetheless, we find ourselves frequently in conflict with our past, our conscience and our personal expectations.  By reflecting on these internal struggles, we realize that human nature is not dichotomous - the presence of one characteristic does not necessarily mean the exclusion of another.  We exist in an intermediary state with our mortal, tangible body rooting us in a physical reality and our conscience functioning independently of those corporeal limitations.


born: 1985, Michigan


Northern Illinois University, MFA, 2013
Central Michigan University, BAA, 2007

selected awards/honors

Emerge Fellowship Award, Midwest Center For Photography, 2013

selected group shows

PPAC's 4th Annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition, Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, PA, 2013
The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2013
19th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, 2013
Midwest Photo Emerge, Midwest Center For Photography, Wichita, KS, 2013







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