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Baron & Ellin Gordon Art GalleriesEye to Eye: ODU Portraits by Glen McClure

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Gordon Art Galleries Sesow Exhibit


For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed creating portrait projects where I encounter and photograph everyday folks going about their daily routines. I have asked locals to stand and gaze directly into my camera in my hometown of Norfolk, in every corner of Virginia, and in France, Italy, Cuba, and beyond.

This current project came about when I realized that Old Dominion University would be a great place to photograph a wide range of people on campus including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. I was right! Not only was the campus full of men and women of different ages, backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities—the participants represented every type of personal style and clothing fashion imaginable.

Over three days in April 2019, I placed my camera in several locations on campus. A great team of photography students from the ODU Art Department gathered the biographical information for the captions and helped me set up and transport my equipment from place to place. The captions in this exhibition are statements that were true at the time the photographs were made.

Together we photographed more than 130 individuals and made more than 2,000 exposures. Choosing the images to print and frame was difficult. I attempted to depict as much diversity in the University as possible. My hope is that you will walk up to these prints and study these faces closely, which you just can't do when you encounter folks in person. My aim is to help you celebrate the beauty of those around you, those fascinating people you might just walk past. While you're here, stop and take a look.

- Glen McClure

All photographs © Glen McClure