‘Homecoming: Looking through the Lens’ features local photography

‘Homecoming: Looking through the Lens’ features local photography
'Homecoming: Looking through the Lens' features local photography | Robert Nunley, Homecoming: Looking Through the Lens
HOMECOMING – When local photographer Robert Nunley (right) isn’t clowning around with friends of the TN Rollerz or helping children at the Martin Housing Authority’s After-School Program, he is capturing photographic memories.

Fans of photography and creativity have a chance to see Northwest Tennessee chronicled through the lens of a local photographer
A photography exhibit being hosted at the C.E. Weldon Library of Martin features a variety of images taken by local Robert Nunley. The exhibit – which opened on Tuesday, August 31, focuses on the theme of “homecoming.”
Nunley chose this theme because for him, the photographs come from his own homecoming.
Nunley is originally from Northwest Tennessee and was born here in 1953. His family relocated for several years before returning in the 1990s. Bringing his love for photography back with him, Nunley has chronicled the last three years of his time spent in Northwest Tennessee.
“My roots are here,” Nunley says. “All the things that make Northwest Tennessee memorable; these are spontaneous kinds of images. I’m always looking for the composition and the image.”
The exhibit features spontaneous photos taken in Dresden, Greenfield, McKenzie, Martin and other towns in the area. Nunley – who currently runs an after school program for the Martin Housing Authority – says that many of the images come from his time spent working with children.
“You’ll see a mix of pictures of children, and others that I just randomly ran across,” Nunley says.
“I’m always paying attention to surfaces for a composition; I really love surfaces a lot.”
Photographs exhibited ran from pictures of children after school, to local farmers, to abandoned buildings – many of which have since been demolished.
One photograph featured a confederate flag beside an American flag painted on the side of a building in Greenfield.
Nunley says that this no longer exists; and this demonstrates the historical importance of the photographs Nunley is taking throughout the area.
The photographs on display aren’t exclusive to Northwest Tennessee, however.
One of the pieces featured at the exhibit – multiple photographs collaged to create a landscape – was taken in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nunley explained the process for creating this piece in detail.
“Using 35mm I had to take individual shots and just move my camera ever so slightly to create this larger, blown up image,” Nunley says. “I had to create the illusion of depth and feel; it really was a piece that took me about three to four days to put together. It’s very satisfying once you’re done with it.”
Nunley admits that he hasn’t pursued photography aggressively; he says it is a part of who he is. He does admit that he hopes to devote more time to it. In addition to his work as a photographer and a painter, he continues to devote much of his time to working with children at the Martin Housing Authority.
“This is as much of who I am and what makes who I am is working and creating,” Nunley says.
“I don’t pursue this full-time and I don’t gather income from it. This is just a fraction of what I do.”
WCP 9.02.10

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