Friday, 21 June 2013

Relics by Robert Moran

Robert Moran is a fine art photographer living on a small island off the coast of Maine, but in May he and his work will be attending Magenta Foundation's FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL in Boston.  The festival is from May 16 - 19, at Fairmont Battery Wharf and his exhibition, Relics opens on May 17, 2013, from 7 - 10 pm at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, Building 2, Lower Level. I was able to see the series at Photolucida just a few weeks ago.

Relics is a collection of portraits of everyday objects that are past their prime. Once relied upon, they have become touchstones of an earlier way of life. The bag used by a doctor who made house calls. A rotary dial telephone that gave you time to consider each number. Writing on a manual typewriter. All displaced by something faster, sleeker, more efficient.  My aim for this project is to honor our inventive past and save some of its icons from the trash heap of memory. I photographed each item singly so that the viewer can examine its individual essence. Cracks and scuffs of hard use. Rust from damp storage. Mended hinges. Patches worn smooth by frequent polishing. The objects are cultural artifacts from a different world. 

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