What I know to be true, and other encounters
I Won't Be Here (2021)
I Won’t Be Here explores the linear movement of light, desire, and time. In the pursuit of abstraction to create speculative narratives, this series uses various photographic techniques within alternative process methods, including reflective and archival materials, in-camera and darkroom manipulation. This body of work is a non-representational response and visual analysis to objective and subjective ideas in photography as it relates to the individual lived experience of everyday life and internal contemplations. I essentially ‘won't be here’ as I have been in the near future, once I complete this body of work, in a way it is a farewell to the ways in which I've existed in my artwork up until now.
Aaron Turner is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. He uses the 4x5 view camera to create still-life studies on identity, history, blackness as material, and abstraction. Turner received his M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He was a 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University, the 2019 EnFoco Photography Fellow, a 2020 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space A-I-R, a 2020 Artist 360 Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant Recipient, the 2021 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship Recipient, and a recipient of the 2021 Creators Lab Photo Fund from Google’s Creator Labs & the Aperture Foundation.