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Leslie Norman is primarily a self-taught photographer. She draws inspiration from the world around her as well a from the early years of photography as an art form. Common themes include portraiture, dilapidated architecture, crumbling people, photograms, and experimental printing techniques. She shoots black and white film, working in 35mm and medium format, processing and printing by hand out of her home darkroom. She lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio with her husband, two daughters, old cats, and five chickens.
“The idea behind my work is to challenge myself and the viewer to stretch what we think of as photography both in method and subject. Photography is unique as an art form because it inherently deals with reality. I would like to bend that principle. I embrace this task by using fringe elements of darkroom practice together in interesting ways. For example, by creating double exposures with multiple negatives sandwiched together, photograms – objects on/ between the paper and enlarger, and photo collage. These elements often merge to make one image – which in many cases cannot be replicated, unlike making a conventional print from a single negative. Surrealism and abstract impossibilities interest me greatly, as does the irony and absurdity of everyday life. I invite the viewer to ponder the manifestation and find the significance within.” -LN