Thursday, June 26, 2008

Luis Mallo's In Camera

I am often biased towards photographs that rely on a visual device, or cliche to unify a body of work. This is frequently how I feel about images shot through fences and other foreground obstructions. However, the images of Luis Mallo transcend this bias for me. There is a certain visual democracy at play in Mallo's work, one where equal emphasis is placed on the items in the foreground and background. Instead of becoming aesthetic barriers, the foreground obstructions become portals to what lie behind them. The fragmented, layered compositions create intriguing images that give compressed details of two obviously different focal planes.

For anyone who enjoys this series, you should also check out the work of Nathan Ian Anderson.

All photographs from the series In Camera

Images © Luis Mallo