Tema Stauffer
Johnson City, Tennessee

Instagram: @temastauffer

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Yellow House, Wire Road, Germantown, NY
2016, Archival pigment print
Courtesy of Tracey Morgan Gallery

My work examines the social, economic and cultural landscape of American spaces. My current series, Upstate, focuses on urban and rural landscapes, environments and relics in or around Hudson, New York. The first city chartered in the United States in 1785, Hudson has a long history of economic prosperity and decline. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, it has undergone vivid transitions from a thriving whaling and merchant seaport to a boom-and-bust factory town, then to a depressed and struggling city throughout much of the 20th century, and has been transformed again in recent decades by revitalization and economic growth.
The photographs of Upstate record the imprint of American industrial and agricultural history left on settings throughout this region. Lyrically depicted are ordinary houses, front porches, decaying barns, parked cars, winter branches and evocative landscapes, along with portraits of local residents. Each photograph in this series is captured with a medium or large- format camera on color film in existing light. Combining poetry with realism, these images express a quiet beauty and mystery in the vernacular architecture and artifacts reflecting the industrial era and rural areas in upstate New York and the shifting economic realities over time.


Interior, Furgary Shack #6
Hudson, NY
2017 Archival pigment print
Courtesy of Tracey Morgan Gallery