Famed documentary photographer Elliot Erwitt said, "Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
That is an apt description of Mackenzie Wood’s photographs. “My ability to communicate ideas with my photographs is intriguing. I’m beginning to explore the idea of Conceptual Photography, which does just that — but I’m in the learning process. Ideally, a picture should be taken with a thought in mind to transplant into the viewer's consciousness,” said MacKenzie, a Currey Ingram, junior.
Mackenzie has honed her photography skills through courses at Currey Ingram and through a summer program. While she enjoys photographing landscapes and architecture, she says her true love is portraiture. “That I can catch — not only a countenance but the corresponding moment of thought in my subject’s mind — is rewarding and mysterious.”
While some of her dramatic work images are in black and white, Mackenzie does not always shoot in black and white. “It really depends on what mood, but the feeling and meaning always seem deeper in black and white,” she added.
About her work, photography teacher Bart Allen said, “Although Mackenzie prefers working with a shallow depth of field, she is not fearful of working with tighter apertures. Her work will feature photographs taken in the ‘wild’ as well as those taken domestically and in the studio. She will be using authors James Joyce and Jack Gilbert for future inspiration.”
Mackenzie, along with Amelia Lee and Georgie Bonnette, will be displaying their work in a special exhibition in the Upper School Gallery starting February 5. Amelia and Georgie were recognized for outstanding artwork in the 2018 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition at Cheekwood. Amelia received a Silver Key award in photography for her photograph "Above the Wire.” Her work is being exhibited at Cheekwood. Georgie received an honorable mention in drawing for her self-portrait work. Amelia and Georgie's artwork was chosen out of over 1,400 entries around the mid-state.
Currey Ingram Academy is an exemplary K-12 day school that empowers students with learning differences to reach their fullest potential. Since 2002, the school has been located on an 83-acre campus in Brentwood, Tenn., just miles from Nashville and Franklin. Families from 33 states and eight countries cite the school as their primary reason for moving to Middle Tennessee.
Currey Ingram Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).