Southern Aspects

By E.K. Waller

Artist statement on “Southern Aspects”

When I go to a place to photograph, I am looking at What Is: How do the people live; what do they look like; what do they do; how do they relate? What are the buildings they build; what are their activities? What is their landscape? What do they create? How do they leave things?

I look for evidence of what is unique to the people and the land. I look for moments that reveal the crux of the humanscape. I look to absorb what I see and react to that which might be different to my “normal/everyday”. I allow myself to be attracted to things and people and recognize what is striking to me, always looking for that which describes What Is. What tells a story? What is different? What stands out? What is the evidence? When I am able to capture another’s reality, I have achieved my goal to create a picture that resonates. It is my hope to create images that are artistic representations of reality and fantasy and which motivate and delight the audience’s mind and spirit!

In Southern Aspects, I am revisiting my southern roots. I know it, yet I don’t know it. I am distanced enough to see with fresh eyes. Things that I used to think of as common, are now striking to me. Even simple things seem to have complexity enough to say, “That is something; that is an icon of this place; that is evidence of a people”. A man on a tractor in a half mowed field of hay forms a striking composition. An old grave site can be spectacularly uncommon. An abandoned gas station may now be reconfigured as a personal residence. An abandoned general store becomes a magical place of enchantment. A game of frisbee at the Parthenon forms a striking visage. A country mansion becomes a work of art. An old woman selling vegetables at her home on the edge of a highway is a refreshing respite. It is a search for treasure, this looking for images, that satisfies me to my core.

Attracted to photography in childhood, E.K. Waller received a Brownie as her first camera. She went on to study both photography and painting at Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. After a year of teaching High School Art, she began her photography career working as a photojournalist for The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was during this time that she cemented her love of photography, shooting photojournalism and exhibiting photographs and paintings. EK then relocated to Los Angeles where she worked in advertising photography while continuing to exhibit her fine art photography.

In Los Angeles, E.K. taught photography at Santa Monica College and Disney Creative Academy. She was on the Professional Advisory Committee at Fullerton College and was on the Board of Directors of Advertising Photographers of America from 1994 – 2002, Co-chairing the Annual Membership Exhibition each year. She often serves as a juror for exhibitions, most recently at Emeritus College and Santa Monica College.

In 2014 she retired from commercial practice to focus exclusively on Fine Art Photography, which she exhibits nationally and internationally.

She is currently represented by The Perfect Exposure Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

OPEN CALL: 2018; I SEE FACES TOO, A Group Show


The Perfect Exposure Gallery is accepting submissions for a Group Show.

I SEE FACES TOO, is a submission based exhibition featuring both emerging and established photographers.

DEADLINE: January 31 2018 at 12am PST

There Is No Entry FEE

Terms & Conditions:
All participants agree to allow The Perfect Exposure Gallery to exhibit and offer for sale original photographs produced by the artist. The artworks will be made available for sale at the retail price assigned by the artist. The Perfect Exposure Gallery and the Artist agree to split the sales percentage equally (50/50).

There are 2 participation options for artists whose work is selected for inclusion in the Group Show.

1. Print & Shred: The Perfect Exposure Gallery will produce the print(s) selected for admittance. The prints will be Archival Inkjet Prints made on Canson Platine Fibre Rag with a maximum width of 8x8 inches. The artist will incur the cost of printing and framing. If the work is not sold, it will be returned to the Artist at the end of the exhibition.

Submission Guideline:
Regarding your files we have a few requirements.
1. JPEG images (8x8 @ 150 dpi)
2. Metadata embedded (Including: photographer name, contact info,
3. Naming convention: [FirstInitial] [Last name]_123.jpg. ie. APicture_123.jpg
4.Email Submissions to Contact@ThePerfectExposureGallery.com with SubJect: ISEE FACES TOO 2018.
If your photos are chosen, we will reach out to you and ask you for high quality files and the details of your photos

*This submission process DOES NOT guarantee that your work will be selected to exhibit

I SEE FACES TOO was started by visual artist, photographer and educator Alex Regenstreich in 2014 when he found a face in a hand bag that he could not ignore. It has evolved into a global community that invites participants to pay attention on purpose. Alex has used Faces to create an arts education curriculum that empowers young, inner-city kids to change their lives through mindfulness and photography at FACESSF.org.

Exhibition dates: Thursday 15, February 2018 to Thursday 15, March 2018

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Exhibition dates: Sunday 15, January 2108 to Wednesday 17, January 2018


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