Bulletin #14 – Narrative Portfolio: Nancy Floyd


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Bulletin #14. Narrative Portfolio: Weathering Time by Nancy Floyd


“I have been photographing myself since 1982. If I fail to take a picture on a given day, I advance the film one frame so no image is recorded. This visual calendar consists of 2,500+ photographs that include my body from head to toe, as well as my environment. On occasion, I insert digital reenactment files to contrast with specific images or add an old family photograph for more context.

Most often I’m by myself in these straightforward images, but sometimes I’m with family and friends. As time passes, births, deaths, celebrations, and bad days happen. Pets come and go, fashions and hairstyles evolve, typewriters, analog clocks, and telephones with cords disappear; film gives way to digital, and the computer replaces the darkroom.

While there are many photographers making daily or yearly photographs of themselves or others, I know of no photographer who uses my methodology. Not only does Weathering Time chronicle my youth to the dawn of my old age, the images also reflect the experiences of my generation and underscore the cultural, technological, and physical changes that have occurred over the past 35 years.”

– Nancy Floyd


About the author:

Nancy Floyd has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years. She has received numerous grants and awards including a 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. In 2016 her work was acquired by the High Museum of Art. She was also Runner-up for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Temple University Press published her first book, She’s Got a Gun, in 2008.
Floyd’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY; Whitespace, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Solomon Projects, Atlanta; Flux Projects, Atlanta; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; White Columns, New York; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA. Since 2009, her work has been part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Archive, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

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