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Ohio transplant Terri Duedash’s work is currently on exhibit at the Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Center

Photographic artist Terri Duedash points to Ansel Adams and Salvador Dali as key influences.
Originally from Bridgeport, Ohio, Terri Duedash has called Charlotte home for about six months now.

“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.”

‘Electric Jungle’
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.

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