The more you try to pan across photographer Andrew B. Myers obsessively arranged still-life vistas, the more he draws you in. Your eye scans the images like a drone flying high above a muted landscape, at first cold, surveying, disassociated. Each object is sharply in focus, no one more prominent than the other, arranged stoically like soldiers in the midday sun. The objects—a vintage television, a pineapple, a nailclipper—are plotted along the photos like aggravating stop signs along an empty country road,. They force us to pause, look, and consider. The trigger our collective memory and compel us to ask: Why these objects? Why together? Why like this? It’s as if the photographs of Andrew B. Myers’s is where objects we are finished with go to die. Wether they are technologically obsolete like a rotary telephone, or simply ignorable when not in use, like a roll of toilet paper, Myers’ reminds us these objects exist whether we think of them or not. They exist physically when we’re done using them, and their residue persists in subconscious collective memories. They are Myers’ attempts at roadmaps, to make sense of the mess of ephemera that persists inside our minds.
For our latest group show, we asked you to share your photographs capturing the theme of nostalgia. Judged by Alison Zavos Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this collection of photos truly captures the bittersweet essence of the nostalgic temperament. All photographs are inherently nostalgic, but those that hit the hardest are those that transform something palpably personal into something undeniably universal. Where general sentimentality applies only to the events that occurred in one’s own life, it’s entirely possible to feel nostalgic for something you never had in the first place. A bite from nostalgia bug cuts deeper than one inflicted by homesickness, because in the end, nostalgia brings with it the knowledge that we can never go backwards. The photographs in this show, however, allow us to do just that, if only for a moment.
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