Emily Hunt: Reciprocity

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Lawrence photographer and instant-film aficionado Emily Hunt presents a new set of works when Reciprocity opens at the Teller’s art space on June 26. Reciprocity will feature several large film prints as well as some smaller prints and Polaroids. Many of the photographs capture homes and other buildings free of occupants and passersby. The result is a haunting and lonely vision of Lawrence as a ghost town. The simplicity of the composition allows the viewer to focus on peripheral details in the photographs: the mood of a late-afternoon shadow falling on pavement or the flecks of peeling paint on a tired house. Hunt says her photographic style lends itself to the imaginings of her audience. “People may respond to them positively or negatively, depending on what they see,” Hunt says. Hunt is primarily a film photographer and is particularly fond of instant film. After Polaroid discontinued its beloved instant film in 2009, Hunt became an early adopter of film from The Impossible Project, which operates out of a former Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. “A lot of it is really experimental,” Hunt says. “It’s really finicky and the results you get are pretty unexpected and have a lot of blemishes sometimes, which I really like. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but that’s definitely the medium that I’m really passionate about, their new film.” Sun spots and soft focus are things that Hunt has come to appreciate about working with instant film. But she also appreciates the way the film challenges her as a photographer. “With film you just have to spend that much longer setting up shots and just really focus on the image you’re creating because you can’t just do a snap shot with your finicky film,” Hunt says.

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