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Area of Specialty
Steve Nelson received his BFA from
University in 1982 where he concentrated in photography.
In 1985, he received
his MFA in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University.
Selected Gallery of Works
- Color Abbey Images
- Dissolution Images
- Endless Michigan Landscapes
I continue to work on a series of black and white
photographs of Michigan landscapes taken with a handmade panoramic camera.
These images are taken from different perspectives of particular vernacular
sites. The blended views are a result of overlapping frames in the camera
when I make the exposures at the various sites. The photographs are printed
from the composites negatives, without darkroom or digital manipulation.
I received a creative artist project grant from Michigan Council for the
Arts and Cultural Affairs to make a portfolio of 20 of these ‘Endless’
photographs. These photographs were exhibited at the Urban Institute for
Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the fall of 2002.
River Crossing at Duck Lake
Related to the Michigan landscape series is a group
of images taken on the British Isles. Like the Michigan series these images
explore the perception of change and the mutability of form in the landscape,
but their viewpoint is singular. There I am drawn to architectural fragments
and landforms that speak to the human and natural forces of change that
has occurred over centuries. Captured in an atmosphere of dissolving light,
the forms relate the past and present simultaneously. This series was
exhibited in a two person show, “Aspect of Reality: Photography
by Howard Bond and Steven Nelson” at the Muskegon Museum of Art,
Muskegon Michigan, in January of 2004.
Wye River Valley
Clearing Mist of Wye River
I have recently been working on a series of large
format color photographs of abbey ruins in the British Isles. This project
was initiated with funding through a faculty development grant from Hope
College in 2002. I am interested in the persistent realism of color
images that illuminates the contrast of architectural forms with temporal
elements of organic growth and atmosphere. This work has not yet been
Bolton Priory Reflections
Furness Abbey II