David Kasnic

David Kasnic (b. 1989) grew up in a small fruit production town in Washington State. He received his BA from Western Kentucky University in 2012. He now lives in Chicago, IL, where he is a MFA candidate in photography at Columbia College Chicago. Today we share his series Columbia River Collection.

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Columbia River Collection

Columbia River Collection revolves around the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, which flows through the small mountain town I grew up in. I use folk singer Woody Guthrie’s “Columbia River Songs” as a catalyst into a contemporary depiction of the river. “Columbia River Songs” is a 26-song record chronicling Guthrie’s journeys along the Columbia River, in which he was hired to write songs for the Bonneville Dam Administration; specifically the Columbia’s significance to the region and continent, as it provides more than 40 percent of North America’s hydroelectric generation. I attempt to visualize Guthrie’s experience by taking lyrics from each of his songs, turning relic folklore about the Columbia into photographic depiction of it. My work is as much a self portrait as it is an ode to the body of water that has shaped the person I have become.

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To view more of David’s work, please visit his website.



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