(Photo Credit: Deer on Point by Pam Fox)

Pam Fox‘s photograph, Deer on Point,¬†from her Lure series, was awarded the Director’s Selection in the Center’s “Animalia” exhibition. Fox’s photograph of the fake deer questions the veracity of photography by depicting a constructed scene that, beyond the plastic, seems all too real.

An excerpt from Fox’s artist’s statement reads:

A camera is an instrument of pursuit and capture. Unlike the hunter who is in pursuit of real prey, the photographer is in the business of transforming the real and leaving it behind. As part of the image-making process, the lens inherently turns what is shot into artifice or symbol. There is visual ambiguity in the process: the lure calls us toward something seemingly real, something that instinctually draws us closer.

Captured and distorted by the camera, can a plastic deer or bird elicit a response similar to that evoked by a real animal? Does it become a target for human emotional response and the projection of feeling? I am interested in the tension between representation of these idyllic (fake) animals and the consequence of what might lie outside of the frame.

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