“We celebrate gallery spaces and the exhibits that are held within them, and rightly so. However, what is art worth if people don’t see it, connect with it, and enjoy it. In this set of images, the focus is not on the artwork or gallery spaces, not even on the individuals who view the work, but on our ‘Relationship to Art’.
By removing the space/distance between the viewer and the art, flattening the image, visual relationships are exposed. These in turn illustrate the connections that we have to the artwork we view. By making these connections stand out, we focus on the various ties between between person and art, rather than one or the other. This is after all the most important element within the arts. Without it, artwork can have no value, and more importantly no power.
Within this wider message, smaller questions are asked from image to image. Some photographs have very strong, clear visual relationships, some reverse the gaze, back onto the viewer, and some ask questions about the prying role of the photographer.”
My “Between Us and Art” project has been published in the Hole Punch online publication and book! To see more head over to @jamieedwardsphoto @uswphotography or click here for my photographic page!