Symbiotic Interaction



Photographer Kristen Powell investigates institutions that focus on intellectual pursuits to articulate the intention and presentation of these environments.


Written & Photographed by
Kristen Powell



Educational environments are perceived as conductors of essential information; therefore benefiting the public by providing an enlightened sense of awareness. I investigated institutions that focus on intellectual pursuits to articulate the intention and presentation of these environments. My photographs address human interactions within these spaces, while acknowledging society’s tendency to idealize these interiors. This series suggests an annotated perspective of institutionalized expectation in order to challenge the predetermined experiences they provide.



Brainstorm, 2015

No Longer in Session, 2015

Chain door, SMFA Boston 2016

Reflecting MIT, 2015

Sterile Stairwell, 2016

Tufts Transition, 2016

The Touch, 2015



Explore more work by Kristen Powell through her website at kpowellphoto.com. Keep up with her through Instagram @k_powellll and Facebook.