Burk Uzzle, a photographer known to have made waves internationally, went back to his hometown in North Carolina in order to explore where he started. He is currently busy on his latest project. After returning back to North Carolina, he decided to open his very own studio which is 18,000 square foot and inside a building that is already a century old. His studio is located in downtown Wilson. He is now busy with a chronicle he is creating with African-American culture as his subject. This society is what he grew up with when he was still living in Harnett County. The chronicle is made possible with the use of his camera.
His latest work is currently being displayed at first time exhibit held at Greenville Museum of Art. The exhibit is entitled “Perceptions and Recognitions: African Americans of Eastern North Carolina. The subjects of his recent work are his neighbors when he was still residing at Coastal Plain. These are composed of church ladies garbed with their finest Sunday clothes, a member of the gang whose body is occupied with lavish tattoos as well as a group of black mimes. The exhibit is able to show how ordinary folks are reincarnated in an extraordinary fashion.
The theme of his recent work might not be too common but it is a familiar one. The lighting used and how the photographs are composed is almost like seeing a fine art made on canvas. Uzzle shared that he is currently busy learning more about painting rather than photography because of his desire to capture the extraordinary lines as well as the flow followed by the great masters of the past and present. During a tour inside his studio, he enumerated the influences he has when it comes to the world of arts and it includes Gustav Courbet, Rembrandt, Matisse, masters of Renaissance who are Flemish and Dutch, Paul Klee and Caravaggio.
The photographs of Uzzle are greatly displayed at the N.C. Museum of Art located in Raleigh but he is always there not for his works but in order to study the work of these masters. He admitted that he can spend almost half of his day just looking at the art and this, to him, is the proper way to learn about composition. His photographs are exquisite that they are ideal to be used on split canvas prints.