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Poetic Photos of Strange Still Lifes and Dreamy Portraits

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21-year-old photographer Madison Carroll’s work is a mixture of diaristic portraits and carefully composed still lifes, blended together in a series of intimate moments. Captured over the last year, Carroll shot most of the photographs in various apartments of people close to her across Philadelphia.

Whether posed or caught unawares, her subjects are always soft and dreamlike, seemingly suspended between sleep and waking. Wandering city streets, Carroll gathered interesting textures and castaway objects to create her still lifes, the resulting compositions both grotesque and fascinating in their unexpected combinations. It is Carroll’s ability to engross and repel that makes the work interesting, a contemplative visual journal of youth and decay.

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