These Walls Can Talk

 The ceiling corner in this image begins to hint at the idea of space both changed and warped by a greater narrative or series of events happening in the background, outside of the camera frame.  As if the flash is saying "something happened here, these walls can talk."  A small hole in the wall breaks the smoothness of the image.  Is it a bullet hole?  Was there a picture hanging there at some point that was removed or taken away?  Did the nail fall out? Did the picture break and fall?   Does somebody smile and laugh when the stick their finger in this hole?  There is a cloud like moisture stain that also reveals itself upon closer listening.   This perfect green little corner location that seems isolated and removed from the real is actually very real and very connected to the world and the larger stories, dramas, and narratives playing out in it.

The ceiling corner in this image begins to hint at the idea of space both changed and warped by a greater narrative or series of events happening in the background, outside of the camera frame. As if the flash is saying “something happened here, these walls can talk.” A small hole in the wall breaks the smoothness of the image. Is it a bullet hole? Was there a picture hanging there at some point that was removed or taken away? Did the nail fall out? Did the picture break and fall? Does somebody smile and laugh when the stick their finger in this hole? There is a cloud like moisture stain that also reveals itself upon closer listening. This perfect green little corner location that seems isolated and removed from the real is actually very real and very connected to the world and the larger stories, dramas, and narratives playing out in it.

My inclusions deal with ideas of intrusion, privacy, intimacy, connection and how the act of existing and being together is affected by space and place.  Yet simultaneously how space and place can be transformed by what happens in them.  I have walked into a room with history; I have felt a room with heavier air.  Somehow action, living, existing, loving and hurting leave traces.  Is the world changed and warped by what happens in it, or is what happens in it an effect of the world itself?

Weekend, 2010, Alex Prager

Weekend, 2010, Alex Prager

Toilette Chez Suzy, 1932, Brassai

Toilette Chez Suzy, 1932, Brassai

Nude York, 2012, Sandy Kim

Nude York, 2012, Sandy Kim

Dash and Agathe, 2001, Ryan McGinley

Dash and Agathe, 2001, Ryan McGinley

Children on Fire Escape, 1938, Weegee

Children on Fire Escape, 1938, Weegee

La Priere, 1930, Many Ray

La Priere, 1930, Many Ray

Early Color, 1980s, JoAnn Callis

Early Color, 1980s, JoAnn Callis

Untitled, 1950's, Elmer Batters

Untitled, 1950’s, Elmer Batters

Charles Jourdan, Autumn,1979, Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Autumn,1979, Guy Bourdin

Eleonor Nude Near Window, Chicago, 1949, Harry Callahan

Eleonor Nude Near Window, Chicago, 1949, Harry Callahan

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s