Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Nathan Harger
I initiated this series of photographs in the years of my time spent in graduate school in New York City. It is a study of patterns, time and tension. It is a photographic inventory of sights and experiences that I have encountered while living in the city and traveling to and from my job, school, my apartment in Brooklyn and my home in Cleveland, Ohio. The urban images which are the backdrop of my everyday life are visually manifested as patterns, shapes, textures, lines and multiple images. They act as metaphors of passing time, patterns of life and daily rituals. I abstract the images of buildings, water towers, bridges and cranes into patterns of intersecting lines and silhouettes against a white background. I photograph the images of planes in flight on different days against the blue sky. I photograph shadows on stairways, flowing water at the East River, cars on a freeway from an overpass. The object is to create a different interpretation of the ordinary unglamorous aspects of life that is part of everyday in a busy city and correlate visual patterns to the experiential patterns of place and time.
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