Viewfinders – Examining How These Screens Inform And Shape Our Photographic Vision

Viewfinders - Meggan Gould

What do we look at photographically, and what do we ignore? How does the camera both free and constrain our vision? Those are the questions that drive Meggan Gould, a photographer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico.

Meggan Gould’s work relies on the typological impulse of the large format camera to carefully examine several distinct arenas of contemporary vision. She says, “I am particularly drawn to the surface value of mundane, framed spaces: blackboards, computer screens, and the backs of photographs have served as starting points. These surfaces, consistently rendered valuable/visible primarily through the introduction of text, are pre-framed picture spaces both ubiquitous and resonant within our daily realities—revealing, but rarely imaged. I am fascinated with how we frame spaces, both in-camera and in the world at large, and, similarly, how we curate what takes place within the resultant rectangular forms.”

Her Viewfinders series is separating the viewfinder’s quirks from the world beyond and Gould is examining how these glass and plastic forms inform and shape our photographic visions. ❚

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