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In order to create his photographs, Will Connally writes short stories and makes drawings describing the characters who have just vacated the scene. His current Lake Elster Series follows a handful of characters in various settings, all connected through the north-eastern lake. He draws inspiration for his original work from literary sources including Franz Kafka, Edith Wharton, and J.D. Salinger, as well as film noir, and amateur theater productions.

Connally received his MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2017, he presented a lecture on his Lake Elster Series at the Society of Photographic Education’s National Conference. He was a resident at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, and was awarded a Professional Fellowship from The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has presented his work in exhibitions and lectures across the United States and Canada, has artwork in the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum, and is an Instructor of Art at VCU. 

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