EXHIBITED AT PHOTO MIDWEST AUGUST 2017
While in principle all subjects are worthy pretexts for exercising
the photographic way of seeing, the convention has arisen that
photographic seeing is clearest in offbeat or trivial subject matter.
Subjects are chosen because they are boring or banal. Because we
are indifferent to them, they best show up the ability of the camera
to “see.” When Irving Penn, known for his handsome photographs
of celebrities and food for fashion magazines and ad agencies,
was given a show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1975, it was
for a series of close-ups of cigarette butts.