A selection of photography from the University of Houston Student Photography Association
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6th, 2013, 6 - 9pm
"The modern world increasingly forces people to conform to a standard, be it social, political, or physical. As a result, individuals are reduced to being identified more often than not as a number rather than a name…”
Rick Custer: Statement
The modern world increasingly forces people to conformto a standard, be itsocial, political, or physical. As a result, individuals are reduced to being identifiedmore often than not as a number rather than a name.
At a fundamental level, all people are the same. The same natural elements gather to make the same proteins that constitute the cells that make up the tissues, which in turn make up the organs and then the systems that constitute a living organism. All of these cells, tissues, organs, and system must conform to their own sets of living parameters in order to allow the existence of the living being.
The sameness, however, exists in only in the physical structure. At the fundamental level of life, there are four nucleotides that comprise the DNA that serves as one of the building blocks of life. In this set of nucleotides, one can only pair with another, leaving only two combinations that can actually exist. It is, however, the arrangement of these pairings inside the DNA shell that forms the basis of one’s individuality.
It is literally in our DNA to individualize, even under the weight of forced conformity. Sometimes all it takes is a mechanism through which one can break free of the bonds that demand that conformity.
Image: Valerie, 2012 - 2013, Archival inkjet print