(Photo credit: Plastic Clock Back by Lorena Turner)

When we purchase basic consumable items, we have a perception that they are clean, untainted, absent of a history … It is generally not a part of our job description as consumers to be concerned with where the items we buy come from, and at what cost to the environment, human experience or culture.

Lorena Turner received an honorable mention in the “New Visions” exhibition for her image Plastic Clock Back, which is from her series Made in China. Turner is a photographer with an interest in “historical perception, immigration, vernacular photography, popular culture, and points where these areas intersect.” Like the other “New Visions” photographers Erik Boker and Kevin Van Aelst (see previous post), Turner finds unrestrained content in seemingly mundane consumer materials.

For the [Made in China] project, items made and enclosed in packages in China then sold in the US, were purchased, dusted for fingerprints, then photographed. The images evidence another’s touch, another human’s relationship with them.

(Photo credit: Lorena Turner. From the Made in China series.)

More of Lorena’s work can be found at www.lorenaturner.com