Ian Turnage-Butterbaugh

Ian is a fine art photographer from Northfield, MN. Through his photographic work, he attempts to present the viewer with a unique perspective of a scene by revealing the contextual elements that often are at the fringes of awareness. Each photograph in this series is a blended composite of 20 to 34 images of an object from various distances and angles, which creates a juxtaposition between the stillness and passage of time and reveals the context in which the object exists. This process results in a somewhat ambiguous artistic medium at the intersection of photography, sketching, and painting

Selected during Challenge 2019

Ian Turnage-Butterbaugh is a self-taught lens-based artist and fine art photographer from Northfield, MN, specializing in long-exposure, landscape, and impressionist photography. His photographic work is both highly technical and uniquely experimental, and focuses on revealing hidden, unseen, or overlooked elements and patterns in the world around us, which often are at the fringes of awareness. Ian’s portfolio began in 2015 and, for the first few years, mainly consisted of long-exposure and landscape photography. Fascinated by the ways in which Earth’s natural elements move in the world, Ian’s photography captures this movement in ways that reveal new textures, shapes, and moods. Exposures ranging from three to thirty minutes are used to manipulate movement and transform familiar scenes in unexpected ways: the turbulent becomes placid, the chaotic becomes serene, the mundane becomes surreal. Capturing the passage of time proves that there is much more to our environment than simply meets the eye and offers a more complete understanding of the ways in which our environment changes around us. In 2019, Ian established the Indie Photography brand. Also in 2019, Ian became interested in impressionist photography and began experimenting with contemporary photography techniques including intentional camera movement (ICM), multiple exposures, and opacity blending. What started as a special series of impressionist photographs quickly developed into a new specialty, distinct artistic voice, and separate photography brand. At the end of 2019, Ian began focusing almost exclusively on his impressionist photography and launched his second brand, Revisionist Photography. Ian’s impressionist photography is borne out of a unique creative process that incorporates multiple exposures, opacity blending, and considerable post-processing. His goal with this form of photography is to present a revised version of reality by bringing into focus the overlooked elements of our environment, which have the capacity to add so much depth, complexity, and beauty to our experiences. Each photograph is a blended composite of anywhere from 15 to 75 images of a stationary object, taken from various distances and angles across time. When combined, the transient effects of light, movement, and time, together, create a juxtaposition between the stillness and passage of time. Subjectivity, which is inherent to impressionism but often lacking in traditional forms of photography, is introduced through the spontaneity of this technique. The viewer is invited into the scene, distorted by contextual elements that compete for the viewer’s attention and offer a unique experience, limited only by what they fail to notice. Over the last year, Ian’s impressionist work has been featured in two online magazines and selected for inclusion in juried fine art exhibits at the Minnesota State Fine Art Center, Robbin Gallery, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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Series Title: Photo Sketches Description: Each piece in the Photo Sketches series is a blended composite of 19 to 75 black-and-white photographs of a stationary object (typically a building) taken from various angles and distances. Using a manual blending technique, the photographs are aligned in a way that manipulates the object's natural lines and dramatically accentuates its texture. This process results in a somewhat ambiguous artistic medium at the intersection of photography and graphite sketching and offers a unique, if not surreal, perspective of each scene.

Ian Turnage-Butterbaugh

Interview on magazine