Alex Knudsen

Alex Knudsen is an artist working in Gloucester, Massachusetts . He received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where he studied photography. Alex uses photography to create narratives, combining portraits with still lives and landscapes. He is primarily influenced by literature and music that resonate emotionally. His work has been featured in exhibitions in the United States and Europe, as well as various online publications. Today we share his series, Essex.

Night House, 2014

Night House, 2014

Frank, 205

Frank, 2015

Russ, 2015

Russ, 2015

Thicket, 2014

Thicket, 2014

Essex

Essex is a series of images made in and around my home of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, a place with diverse natural boundaries of ocean, forests, rivers and swamps, and people that are deeply dependent and aware of their natural surroundings. My work is a result of meandering rivers and roads, I photograph the people and places I encounter along my way.

Photography appeals to me as a tool to create narratives from fragments of reality, each image builds upon the next in order to tap into a feeling or experience. Although the series gets its name from the county in which the photographs were made, it is not a documentary depiction of a place, but an account of my own personal experience of it.

When I began working on this series, I became interested in the idea of a rapture, or the belief of a second coming of Christ to save the deserving people before the end of the world. Being someone who is not religious by practice, this concept has informed my work poetically. I seek to make portraits that suggest the anticipation of something to provide refuge in darkness, and landscapes to encompass and isolate the people in my photographs.

Josh at the Old Ipswich Burial Ground, 2015

Josh at the Old Ipswich Burial Ground, 2015

Amanda on the front lawn, 2015

Amanda on the front lawn, 2015

Neighborhood, 2015

Neighborhood, 2015

Untitled, 2015

Untitled, 2015

Kathryn, 2015

Kathryn, 2015

Invasive, 2015

Invasive, 2015

Hawk, 2013

Hawk, 2013

Ocean mist, 2014

Ocean mist, 2014

Amanda, 2014

Amanda, 2014

Turtle, 2014

Turtle, 2014

Swamp, 2015

Swamp, 2015

To see more of Alex’s photographs, please visit his website.



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