We Will Find Our Way | 20x24 | Silver Gelatin Print
The natural world holds emotions and memories. Topophilia is a photography project exploring the powerful sensations humans experience from our natural environments and inspired by the eponymous geography theory as defined by Yi-Fu Tuan. My intentionally manipulated medium-format film camera is a vessel to capture the sensation from these locales--for example state and natural parks which preserve the land’s history. Topophilia understands these intangible sensations and shares them through a transference of energy from place, to film, and finally to the silver that holds light for the viewer.
Stephanie, a native Atlantan, believes in the transcendental nature of the camera and explores the theory of Topophilia in her work. She has exhibited widely in Atlanta, with recent solo exhibition at Get This Gallery and currently at Arnold, Golden, Gregory Gallery through the ACP Festival. Publications include Oxford American, ArtsATL, BurnAway, Bad At Sports, Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine. Dowda is a Studio Artist at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, a Hambidge Fellow, Cabin Time Fellow and was a finalist for the 2014 Baum Award for a New American Photographer.