A ChaRlotte Native,

photographer Nick McOwen discovered his love for photography while touring around the eastern United States with the band Bubonik Funk. It is through the trial and error process of teaching himself and the experimental ethos garnered through creating music that he found his voice in photography. By warping and transforming colors in a style influenced by psychedelia and Surrealism, he attempts to present ordinary objects and scenery through a lens of curiosity. As society becomes more dependent on technology, he believes it is the artist’s duty to remind the viewer how the world can still be both beautiful and mysterious. He claims, “Taking that moment to allow yourself to be fascinated by the small instances when you’re drawn to something for no particular reason, I believe, maintains a youthful vigor vital to our collective sanity. I believe it adds perspective desperately needed in this rapidly evolving world.”

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