STORY

IMAGE NATION

Llewellyn is the Artistic Director and Instructor for the Image Nation Project, a collaboration between Nevada County Arts Council and Welcome Home Vets, whose purpose is to initiate reflective conversations about topics of importance to participating veterans through photographic workshops and assignments. The Image Nation Project is funded by the Veterans Initiative in the Arts program through the California Arts Council.

Image Nation is a project drawing together veterans and the community through photography. The reintegration of veterans into civilian life is a vitally important task for the community, and it is the responsibility of both the returning veteran and the civilian world. Reintegration is a complex, multi-stage process, which can take many years.

U.S. Veteran, Michael Llewellyn has provided participating veterans instruction in photography over a three year period, sending each on assignment to document their worlds. Simultaneously, Llewellyn created character studies of each veteran. With the support of counselors, the process has enabled veterans to see their world with a new perspective and our culminating exhibitions have allowed our community to perceive our veterans in a new light.

 

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exhibits and installations

2018 Image Nation photographic exhibit at the Rood Center, Nevada County California headquarters. Free-standing and floating gallery walls and walk through presentation. All lighting, design and fabrication by M. Llewellyn.

Open to the public for three months. Built to showcase the artistic work of these veterans in the community while complementing the soaring structure and light of the existing architecture of the County seat.

Llewellyn has lectured on location lighting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and has lectured at seminars for the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and Editorial Photographers (EP). He has mentored photography students and interns from the Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, and Brooks Institute of Photography.

“We believe that artists illuminate truth, offer transcendent experience in a literal world, create raw material for science, challenge us to see and feel, and connect us to the most critical issues known today. They connect us to our common humanity.”