The Photography of Joe Notaro

My friend Joe Notaro is having a exhibit of his new photo series, Passing, at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. The show opened Saturday October 17 and is on view through November 13.
Joe has been developing this series for several years. The results are very exciting.
The images have a teasing quality, and yet are solitary. The random interactions of the subjects as they move by one another create their own narrative.
Artists Statement:
“Although walking in public is not a solitary activity, we maintain a certain level of privacy.

We reserve the right to control the level of interaction up to and including the total disregard of others. Cities are too big, populations too large to do otherwise.

But what of the moment of passing?

By capturing this moment, the camera creates the illusion of intimacy in a scene we recognize as merely another random passing. Noses seem to touch. Eyes seem to meet. An arm, following the arc of its natural movement, seems to be reaching out in a greeting.

These false encounters conjure up feelings of intimacy. In reality, drained of sentimentality, the participants become as rigid as the edifices that surround them and emerge as structured forms.”

Some scenes from the opening
Portrait of the artist imitating his work

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