AMY ELKINS

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Nineteen Years out of a Life Sentence (Sky) A pen pal serving a life w/o the possibility of parole sentence in a supermax prison (solitary) described being able to see the sky through a metal grated skylight in the small concrete exercise area he was permitted in alone for one hour a day. The additional 23 hours were spent in isolation. This image was constructed out of his description of the open sky he wished to see, using appropriated images which were then composited to account for the amount of years spent in prison.

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26/44 (Not the Man I Once Was) Portrait of a man 26 years into a prison sentence (17 of which had been spent on death row), where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss.

Black is the Day, Black is the Night is conceptual exploration into the many facets of human identity using notions of time, accumulation, memory and distance through personal correspondence with men serving life and death row sentences in some of the most maximum security prisons in the U.S., all of which had served between 13-26 years at point of contact.

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