Marjorie Williams

Marjorie Williams’ (b. 1999, Reno, NV) work deals with the transformative powers of light, the beauty of human relationships and the magic of the mundane. They work with both analog and digital photographic processes to capture not only the look, but the feel of the world they see. They have their Bachelor’s in Photography with a minor in Museum Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. They spent a year and a half living and working in Portland, Oregon, spent Summer 2022 traveling across the country photographing, and they are currently living in Dover, New Hampshire.

Marjorie’s work was featured in ‘Heat Wave,’ on view February 10-25, 2024.

“The installation is entitled ‘Take’ because that word is commonly used as verbiage for photographing. It implies a reduction, a possession of the subject. Though methods and underlying ideologies in photography have changed, the constant has been this idea of removal. The photographer’s choice of what to include in the frame and of how to portray the subject determines how the subject is perceived by others. In selling the photographs that I have taken for a low price, and allowing them to be taken immediately, I am giving the power back to the audience through a tangible act. These photographs are very personal; they depict those closest to me and the particulars of my everyday life. But they are also meant to be dreamlike interpretations of the real world, hinting at a narrative without prescribing one to the viewer. With this installation I hope to make work that is created by the perceptions of the audience just as much as it is by me. I would like to allow the audience to become active participants in the look of the exhibition by taking the pieces off of the wall and integrating them into the texture of their own lives. When I started out as a photographer, I was terrified of not being able to capture and preserve everything. This exhibition is meant to be a physical means to release that fear by letting the images be taken. I know that these moments will continue to be preserved as they are absorbed into other lives; they will take on new meaning as they continue to exist.”