Gus Aronson is a double major in Film and Photography at Bard College in NY.
Gus’ photographic projects are primarily concerned with the nature of photography itself, and more specifically his own relationship to the camera. He is concerned with how the camera acts as an intermediary force between himself and the world around him, changing not only how he sees the world but how he sees and interacts with people both close to him and strangers. In addition to his personal work, Gus has contributed to the Washington Post and Serious Eats Magazine.
At Bard, Gus has shot a number of narrative films for other students, as well as worked on his own narrative and experimental film projects. Gus has also been hired to work on short films as in various positions including as the Director of Photography. Gus works closely with two filmmakers, Ralph Arlyck and Melody London.
The nature of seeing is complicated. The world is in a constant state of interpretation from our eyes. From the moment we are born, we see. We learn how to see the world around us, assigning meanings to light, to color, to shapes, to figures, to what we can and can’t see. But our eyes lie to us; the world in front of us is nothing but an illusion, an amalgamation of data, a rough translation through our imperfect eyes. Our eyes make us individuals, but the camera lens acts as a control group. A standard. A constant. The camera lens allows us to see the world differently. It changes our perspective and allows us to broaden, shorten, and change our horizons – 35mm, 50mm, 105mm – each focal length is a new way to see. This project is about how my camera and my lens allows me to see differently. They allow me to both see from a new perspective and share my own with the world.
To view more of Gus Aronson’s work please visit his website.