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"Waiting" Opening Reception: The Photography Of Eric Nichols

Exhibition of photography.

Waiting

Growing up I was always told that when I reached adulthood I would get a fulltime job, buy a car, a house, and have a family of my own.  Things have changed however.  People are starting “life” at a later age, we spend longer in school accruing debt, and we put off major life decisions such as buying a home or getting married.  People are waiting for the American dream, but that dream feels far away in this economic climate, laden with debt from our education and complicated by a lack of employment.  Full time, stable employment, affordable healthcare, and a retirement plan were once reasonable expectations.  However, these things are no longer guaranteed.  This combination of factors has created a generation of young adults burdened by debt and unable to meet the expectations of “the American dream.”  The millennial generation is stuck, delayed in the transition between adolescence and adulthood. 

The reality of my adulthood is very different from the expectation I had imagined in my early 20’s, this project is an attempt to cope with the disillusionment.  Using my camera, I capture the minor imperfections contained in domestic everyday life, there is a genuine impact the unfulfilled expectations have on the individual psyche and domestic relationships.  My lack of resources to improve my situation doesn’t speak to a flaw in my character but to the lack of time, energy, and money that makes having that picture of perfect domestic life unobtainable.

These moments of imperfection show a lack of the ideal domestic life, but also create traces of the life I live in the space.  These moments create a unique self-portrait, a portrait of the things left unfinished, broken and in semi-functional states.  My work sheds light on the reality that lies just under the surface that is there for anyone to see.

This exhibit will only be available to view until August 1st. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the body of work as intended by the photographer.

Earlier Event: July 10
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Later Event: July 13
Mellow Vibes Open Mic