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I see things. I photograph.
I know enough to know that I have no idea what I'm doing.
DO NOT download, publish, blog, etc. without permission, thank you. (Though I know you will anyway.)
An artist statement I did for my first and last show.
Shows are unpleasant and embarrassing, but I liked this. And now I can easily find it should I ever be convinced to have another show.
Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Amy Buxton holds a BA in Art History and Art Studio from the University of Kentucky and has been a book designer with Elsevier, a medical publisher, since 1994.
Amy has been photographing since the age of nine when her parents gave her a Kodak Instamatic for her first year of Girl Scout camp. From that point on, she has photographed (nearly) everything in her path.
Both Amy’s parents are scientists, horticultural and animal science, and both have a keen interest in the natural world, a love of travel, and the out-of-doors. Their family of seven traveled and camped all over the United States and Canada (in an orange and brown 1979 VW van), and even as far afield as Indonesia, visiting national parks, botanical gardens, and nature preserves. Her mother knows the name of every plant in the world (Amy is fairly certain), and probably every animal too, particularly birds. As much as the children complained when they had to visit yet another botanical garden or walk a trail in the spring filled with wildflowers (every one of which their parents seemingly had to stop and identify), they instilled in Amy an intense appreciation of the natural world. Being the only non-scientist in the family (and having a very active imagination), her perception of the natural world was very different from theirs.
What Amy’s parents instilled in her is now steeped in the profound, magical, unknown, and mysterious (all of which are, of course, not at all scientific), sometimes very dark and beautiful manner in which she views the world, and her intense respect for all living creatures and their environments—plant, animal, insect—and their role and survival in the world. Her background in art history, art studio, and design influence how she sees and how she photographs: Her concern for composition, color and tone, story, and originality separate her work from conventional nature photography. The same is true of all her photography. She does not strive for documentation but for emotion and connection and engagement, both for her and for the viewer.
When Amy sets out to photograph, she never knows what she is going to find because she does not believe it is possible to control the world, natural or otherwise. Her approach is instinctive, visceral, natural; a kind of immersive, stream-of-consciousness photography.
- JoinedJune 2007
- OccupationBook designer, officially.
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i have a feeling like being in another world when looking at Amy's stream. There are so many unexpected surprises in her photography, her images fascinate me by their dark and mysterious aspect... Nature photography isn't nature photography like we used to know it, Amy's images take us into another dimension....I fee… Read more
i have a feeling like being in another world when looking at Amy's stream. There are so many unexpected surprises in her photography, her images fascinate me by their dark and mysterious aspect... Nature photography isn't nature photography like we used to know it, Amy's images take us into another dimension....I feel like being lost in Twin Peaks ! This is exceptional work !Read less
I love your photographs! Keep taking them.