Zine Maker: Conceptual Photography With Words

I am not sure what is important to know about me outside of what appears in the photography and words represented in the zines. I am a self taught photographer, no degrees or formal training of any sort, which may demonstrate as obvious to some by the nature of my work. I consider myself as more of a maker than a traditional photographer these days.

I was born and raised in Appalachia, southern West Virginia to be exact.  College and Law School at West Virginia University.  Pretended to be a lawyer and a judge for many years, retiring about six years ago.  Have been playing around with photography off and on since the late 1970s.  Since retiring, it has become a more serious hobby or avocation of sorts.  I now live in the middle of North Carolina.

Black and white and shades of gray are what show themselves to me as I wander in my world. More recently I have been drawn to looking for abstraction or something similar to it, and that is what shows up in the zines. I see myself as more of a curator of found art, that I then try to put into a frame created by my camera.  Sometimes there are words attached as observations and rough poetry.

Most of this art is found in back alleys, abandoned buildings or where street artists operate.  It can be created by nature, decay and even vandalism.  The words come from where all words come, the ether.  I hope you find some of it to your liking.

I have an instagram account under the handle @nocontextzine. I also have an ello site under the same handle @nocontextzine.


Chuck Cunningham

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