Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Looking at I 95

I returned from Philadelphia yesterday.  The final Zoe Strauss exhibit/installation/happening of I 95 was absolutely brilliant.  The final hour (from 3:00 to 4:00) I took up residency beside the print which I had chosen to bring home.  I decided to make pictures of people as they stood to look at "my" print.  Trying to photograph the show as a whole is a useless exercise.  The scale, the crowds, the light do not lend themselves to the long view.  It occurred to me that making pictures of people looking might be the best way to describe the event.  Zoe's ability to engage people in looking, and through looking to transcend the "facts" of the image and arrive at meaning, places her among the gods.  Today I am posting the first 6 of 18 Lookers.

I will post the rest as the week goes on.  At the end of the week I will post a picture of the print that came down, complete with paint chips which testify to its inclusion in the final iteration of I 95.  I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to experience I 95. 

As always click on each image for a larger view.


  1. This is awesome! Can't wait to see your print...

  2. This is a really nice series Mel. Ways of seeing, ways of looking, ways of observe and wonder. Thanks for sharing it. I wish I could have go.



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