Anthony Gerace — We Must Become the Road We Walk On
Posted on August 4, 2012
Anthony Gerace examines in the spaces between image pairings.
These photographs are meant to represent the idea of distance in two ways: first, in the path a glance takes, as embodied through the portrait, and second, through an evocation of movement, either through the physical path, the image of streetlights, or the movement of time, as defined by a clock. This distance is further codified by the contrast between staged portraiture and vernacular images of found objects or chanced upon locations; between the movement inherent in the human figure and the static nature of objects. These photographs seek to examine their subject not in the singular image but in the spaces between each image pairing.
The inspiration for these images came from seeing vernacular portraits from the 1960s and 1970s and seeing the fragility of an unguarded look, and all that conveyed. Further, the use of the vernacular object as a thematic element was inspired by the colour work of Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, who imbued locations and objects with the pathos of humanity. I’m trying to find points of contact between these two vastly different practices, and make the interstitial space between them that much more important in the process.
These images are shot on film and printed in the darkroom, a process undertaken to reflect the massive amount of distance between the subject and myself, and between the image as object and the object itself. I wanted to explore the way that people connect, and whether the method of connection can be implied rather than stated.