the Usual Subjects - Review
J. Ramón Palacios
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|ALL THE USUAL SUBJECTS
living in Willimantic, Connecticut for seven years, fellow Nikonian
Peter J. Crowley, our Guest Columnist at The
Nikonians Café, documented daily life in this old mill town
through a series of black and white photographs. The resulting
book is titled All the Usual Subjects: Seven Years of Willimantic
Photographs. A series of memorable scenes and portraits
of local characters and friends come through the pages.
Usual Subjects, unpretentious, go about their daily chores, just
being the anonymous heroes of everyday life in non-suburban America.
Building each one the single block of a hard day’s work, one day
at a time. Blocks that accumulate to make the edifice of society.
That, by itself, would have been a notable pictorial statement,
but there is more.
the pages, the subjects reveal an uncommon degree of rapport
with the photographer, so each one talks about him without
talking, through their natural poise, completely at ease,
with an always friendly look in the eyes and a smile for
punchline. They know each other, the feeling is pleasant,
and they consistently transmit that powerful feeling to
the viewer. And so the subjects make their own statement
about the unusual photographer.
photographer, in return, applies his art of seeing to capture
and reveal to us not just the strong character of each one
of these now un-Usual Subjects -made unusual by that
bond- but also their common surroundings, made interesting
and beautiful because of the subjects, the friendship and
class in composition, exposure and the art of seeing, the book
ends too soon, leaving us wanting for more. .