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Who is Devin Carter?

Devin Carter is a senior pursuing a BFA in Studio Art: Photo Media at Wichita State University.  He is the oldest sibling of five and his parents own a ranch in Northwest Kansas.  Photography has been a passion of his since he was thirteen and he’s grateful to be able to foster a career out of what once was a hobby.  Devin specializes in portrait style work that cultivates engagement through dynamic, self-reflective, and critical characteristics in coordination with fantastical and expository themes.  He is planning on continuing growing his freelance career while also developing more collections of gallery work after graduation.

Artist Statement

I was raised in a community fraught with closed minds and a lack of acceptance for the unpolished.  My work has been and continues to be a way for me to break out of the idea that was ingrained into so many of us — openly discussing our problems is undesirable and deviant.  Luckily, I also have a family who allowed me to question societal constructs and develop my own, educated, opinion.  I create work as an outlet for people who grew up in communities similar to mine who aren’t as fortunate to have a family as supportive as I have.

 

I use portrait style photography to allow neurodivergent individuals and/or individuals with experiences similar to mine to feel seen, heard, and able to have conversations that would otherwise be hard to cultivate. I'm not afraid to address difficult conversations with my work, which is why engagement gives viewers an opportunity to address unresolved problems they might have. My work cultivates engagement through dynamic, self-reflective, and critical traits in coordination with fantastical and expository themes.

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