Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fall Semester 2010.
Photo III: Digital Portfolio with Gloria Brush

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On July 18th 2010, a young Colorado Springs teen murdered a developmentally disabled man over an Xbox 360. On October 31st 2010, an enraged Georgia driver fatally shot a 17-year-old boy in the neck for egging his Mercedes. In 1977, Ford Motor Company released the Pinto, knowing that it had a design flaw that would cost human lives, but ultimately deciding that it would be cheaper to pay out litigation damages for wrongful death cases than redesign the car.

These are all examples of the lengths to which people will go, including causing the death of other human beings, in pursuit of material goods. History is also rife with examples of how humans have hurt others in pursuit of things like power, religion, and politics. At some point in our lives, we have all suffered. We have also all caused the suffering of others, either through our actions, or our inactions.

One of the four noble truths in the Buddhist Philosophy is that all life is suffering, and that human suffering is caused by people’s emotional attachment to things. Our attachment to these things will even eventually lead to our own suffering because we will always lose those things in the end, because nothing—not even life—is permanent.

The photographs in this body of work represent some of those things that do not last forever. They are items or ideas into which people place a lot of emotional stock, sometimes to the point that they are causing other humans to suffer in their pursuit of those things. By presenting this project, I invite you to examine your own life. What do you place your emotional energy into?


Amanda Brunner

Process:
The images in this portfolio are pigment ink prints on 17x22” archival paper.



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