Aaron Blum - Untitled, from the series Born and Raised, 2011

Photo Rag Semi Gloss Paper, 300 gsm
30 x 40 cm (print)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered on a label
Edition of 10

Outsiders have long fictionalized the narrative surrounding Appalachia. As a resident of West Virginia Aaron Blum has always been aware of the views others hold of his home, and they have guided him to create his own version of life in the hills. His Appalachia is a granulated depiction based on the false impressions of others, his idealizations and personal experiences.

Light plays an important role in how Blum understands this place. The warm southern sun creates a glow that pours over the mountains, rivers and forests creating long shadows, dark recesses and gray mists that blanket the landscape. This unique quality of light is inherent to the hills and provides a catalyst to the imagination - a backdrop that becomes both magnificent and eerie. It is its own character within his story of Appalachia

The people who inhabit the photographs are the photographer’s upper middle class family and friends in West Virginia. They play slightly exaggerated roles of themselves within sets he has constructed using their homes, furniture and objects. After he creates his depiction of each character he carefully assembles the images to build my concept of home. The end product is a strand of life pulled from the whole.

Aaron Blum (b. 1983, United States) is a proud eighth-generation Scots-Irish Appalachian from the mountains of West Virginia. After graduating with degrees in photography from West Virginia University and Syracuse University. He immediately began receiving recognition for his work including the Juror’s Choice Award at Center: Santa Fe, Critical Mass Top 50, Flash Forward Award from Magenta, and a Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award. His work has been featured by Fraction Magazine, CNN, BBC and Next Level among others and is in the permanent collection at both the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Art.

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