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Photographs by Ward Roe
October 6 - December 6
Opening reception October 6, 2006, 5 PM - 7:30 PM
As with many photographers, my image making process involves the
creation of hundreds, perhaps in some cases thousands of individual
pictures which are then subjected to the scrutiny of repeated
hard edits. The decisions by which an image "makes it"
to some final form can be dictated by personal taste at a particular
time, physical time in the sense that it is impossible for most
photographers to print all their work, and the final purpose for
the images being produced, whether for an exhibition, project,
Working on this exhibition provided an opportunity for me to take
a look at my newest images in the context of some of the things
I had done in the past. Overall, there appears to be some sense
of continuum, and I find pictures that I made yesterday uncannily
relative to pictures I made ten years ago. Themes and subjects
resurface, perhaps with some variation, but at their core they
are very similar and consistent. That said, changes in thought
and approach over time are comforting evidence of progress.
People, Places, Things is therefore thematic and groups images
according to their relationship to one another regardless of their
chronology. Subject matter includes landscape in a most general
sense, pictures based on iconography and pop culture, and the
human figure. Some of the pictures are quirky, atypical viewpoints
or banal subjects photographed in ways that alter their context.
In some cases these are downright funny. Other pictures are sadly
poetic and tinged with melancholy. Something for everyone as they
Ultimately some of these photographs are among my personal favorites.
Many I have kept around for awhile just to look at and decide
their fate. Usually I like them for a variety of reasons but sometimes
ask the question "Where do they fit?" I've decided now
they "make it," at least in the context of eclecticism,
and they deserve a chance to be seen. People, Places, Things is
opportunistic. Prom night for pictures.