Art Through the Lens Exhibition / Oregon Contemporary Photographer

Evoking Memory Print (a photographic print sitting on top of an unmade bed)

Persistence by Oregon Fine Art Photographer Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton (a photographic print sitting on top of an unmade bed)

Persistence, 2015

As an Oregon contemporary¬†photographer and fairly new mom, I’ve enjoyed diving deep into a new personal photographic project entitled, “Evoking Memory.” I was excited to hear that one of the photographs from this ongoing photography series was accepted into a juried group exhibition entitled¬†Art Through The Lens. The exhibition¬†will be held at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky from June 20 – August 1, 2015.

Although I wish I could attend the reception and see the other work that is included in this group show, a trip to Kentucky is not in the cards for me at the moment. I would love to hear feedback about this particular project. This will be the first time the photograph will be included in an exhibition. It is also the first photograph from the series that I have had printed.

The print is so different than the digital image. And, the sizing I chose (36 inches wide by 24 inches high) makes it larger than life which has its own power as well.

I’m just glad that the work is getting out there for others to have a look. Here’s to hoping this leads to more exhibitions for this series of work. I have a few more applications in the ether that I’m waiting to hear back on. Let’s see if we can get this photograph shown in another part of the United States! That would be so fun if she traveled around to exhibition after exhibition. It would be so neat to hear about the different reactions from different folks in different states.

Wish me luck!

Flicking the troll off my shoulder

An image from a photography project entitled Evoking Memory. It's about motherhood, identity, memory, and everyday life for a stay at home mom who happens to be a photographer.

I’ve been in a bit of a downward spiral about my current art endeavors for a while now. I’m quite certain it has to do with both becoming a mother and moving to a new area. Both seem to have rocked my confidence level into roller coaster overdrive. One minute I’m high as a kite feeling like I can do anything, the next I’m drowning in self doubt quicksand.

But, last week, I decided to get over myself and give that gross troll on my shoulder a big heave-ho. I clicked the “share” button and started putting a new photography project out into the world. I’m really happy I did. So far, Evoking Memory, a project about identity, memory, everyday life, and motherhood, has been well received. I’ve been happy to share about an image a day with the world and invite feedback, thoughts, ideas, emotions, etc. for anyone who feels the urge.

You can read more about project here.

And, here’s one of my favorites from the collection (so far).

An image from a photography project entitled Evoking Memory. It's about motherhood, identity, memory, and everyday life for a stay at home mom who happens to be a photographer.

I can’t say the troll is gone forever. He’s planted some deep roots. But, I am aware of the silliness of self judgment and work everyday at both not being so hard on myself (and others), having gratitude for the fact that I get to live life, and that I have the opportunity to pursue this art that sometimes tortures me so.