Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Subjective Wow

Wondrous moments in art viewing are when the work uncannily reflects and speaks to your own experience, taking you to another level of awareness. They are rare, but mark the potential of image making.

Such was the case when I saw Bert Teunissen’s photographs of Domestic Landscapes, portraits of old-world Europeans in their homes. It’s the Belgium series that did me in, as I spent many formative summers as a small child in houses exactly like these, with a very specific kind of beige couch topped with thick lace and stocky women with impressive bosoms.

Seeing the photographs felt like a gift to my memory.

Above is one of Teunissen’s images. And here, a still from a my documentary short Mademoiselle Helene.

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