from Bridgeport, Ohio, Terri Duedash has called Charlotte home for about
six months now.
|Photographic artist Terri Duedash points to Ansel Adams and Salvador
Dali as key influences.
“I really like it,” says Duedash, who had lived in the region
previously in years past. Duedash’s work is reflective of the numerous
places she’s lived and traveled over the past 12 or so years.
She and her partner, Katherine, have lived in Nashville, Tenn., Cincinnati
and Columbus, Ohio, Mooresville, N.C. and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,
Pa. They’re happy to be back in the Carolinas.
A look at the exhibit currently on display at Charlotte’s Gay and
Lesbian Center confirms that Duedash has an eye for the stark and surreal.
“I have a strange way of thinking and it makes it difficult for people
to understand what I’m saying sometimes,” Duedash explains
about her work. “I like abandoned and decaying
‘Desolate’things, I have a fascination
with stuff that’s scary or creepy. The creepier, the better.”
Duedash points to some of her work as examples of her unusual visual take
on the world around her. “Trains and bridges really freak me out.
I love to photograph them. The picture of the abandoned little red house
is one I find particularly fascinating. There’s also this house I’ve
shot in Mooresville that looks like it’s about to cave in.”
Her favorite shot so far?
“It’s the one I call “Electric Jungle,” she says.
It’s Times Square in New York City. That man looks like he should
be in a jungle somewhere and then behind him is that sign for ‘Taboo.’”
Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Community Center
1401 Central Ave., Charlotte, N.C.