Juxtaposition

Most, although certainly not all, photography is fundamentally editorial in nature. It’s about the frame: what gets included (and where) and what gets left out. It’s not additive, like painting (which usually starts with a blank canvas), or subtractive, like a sculpture created by carving (where material that was originally present is removed).

Photography’s lens-derived vision, like that through a porthole, a keyhole, or a gap in the wall, can also have a voyeuristic quality. It is the glimpse, the realization of a snatched glance at the world. And the things that snag our glance are as frequently strange, odd, grotesque, or amusing as they are beautiful.

This image is doubly curated. The gallery director chose some pieces for display. I chose to see them—inside and out—as one thing. Deliberate juxtaposition is almost inevitably a kind of commentary.

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