Wednesday, February 4, 2009

love/hate part 1

I fall in and out of love with photography with about the same frequency that I fell in and out of love with my college boyfriend. And today, thanks to a sharp-eyed friend, I have the work of Richard Nicholson to share.

It has an evenness of light that is intriguing, a clarity and crispness that suggests studio lighting, but the visual evidence negates this. Of special interest are the portraits. Shot in such a way as to evoke curiosity, one can’t help but wonder about the narrative that follows each portrait. While the landscape shots capture those transient spaces that often only merit a second look when one is walking alone.

Nicholson presents us with the lonely beauty of overlooked buildings, and curiosity-piquing portraits. In so doing, blurs the line between art/design/commercial pursuits.