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AFTER EGGLESTON

By JohnLynch
I REALLY don't expect this to fly.. but if you have seen the recent exhibition of Eggleston's work at the Victoria Miro Gallary in East London, then you will recognise the reference.

Eggleston has a unique ability to find beauty, and striking displays of color, in ordinary scenes. A dog trotting toward the camera; a Moose lodge; a woman standing by a rural road; a row of country mailboxes; a convenience store; the lobby of a Krystal fast-food restaurant -- all of these ordinary scenes take on new significance in the rich colors of Eggleston's photographs. Eudora Welty suggests that Eggleston sees the complexity and beauty of the mundane world: "The extraordinary, compelling, honest, beautiful and unsparing photographs all have to do with the quality of our lives in the ongoing world: they succeed in showing us the grain of the present, like the cross-section of a tree.... They focus on the mundane world. But no subject is fuller of implications than the mundane world!"

Tags: Specialist and abstract

Voters: AlanPerkins, Briwooly, riprap007 and 2 more


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riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
22 Feb 2010 11:18PM
did you see Sean O'Hagan's column in the Guardian on photographs of the banal? (I wrote a little in my blog on the subject too)

like the bold shapes and colour contrasts
garymcparland 14 343 3 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2010 12:16AM
Great colour in this scene John, as ordinary as you can get. well spotted.

Gary
23 Feb 2010 12:59AM
Cracking shot, great framing and colour, love the title and ref. James
JohnLynch 13 78 6 Ireland
23 Feb 2010 10:17AM
Yes Nicholas, I have - it is a style of photography I am very interested in. I have "New Topographics", several of Donavan Wylie's books and some Gursky as well. I will also be going to the Deutsche Börse prize in support of Donavan Wylie who worked from the Gallary Belfast Exposed where I am a tutor.

What is the name of your blog?

JL

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