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Boxed in by the Marathon on Monday I ended up promenading on Moody St in Waltham, where I came upon the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. It had a bit of gallery space up front so I decided to take a look.

The collection was eclectic, including published magazine covers and ads, fantastical (and gaudy) synthetic works, and seemingly undoctored B&W photos. To be honest, most of the work didn’t really suit my tastes. As far as photography and art go, I’m not a complete purist; I just want something to be beautiful and interesting without being hokey. My problem with digital photography is that in the wrong hands its malleability can too easily lend itself towards being ridiculous and kitschy. In addition, as far as my own personal tastes go, I just so happen to prefer the look and limitations of analog-style black and white photographs. I think that the simplicity of the color scheme lends itself towards stunning images that resonate with me in a way that color photographs rarely do. That’s not meant to be a critique of color photographs, just an allowance for my personal taste.

It was not surprising, then, that the photograph that caught my eye was a black and white image of a flock of pigeons flying past a large brick building cut off by the photo’s edges. Unfortunately there wasn’t a picture available online, but if you are interested I would certainly check out the gallery space. The power in the image was the stability of the large brick building, with its harsh brick and mortar, sharp edges, and evenly spaced windows cut across by the organic dynamism of the flying birds. The entire composition was fascinating and as NAC pointed out, there was the pervading sentiment of urbanity. As in the best photographs, it caught an everyday moment in the life of a city and made it a beautiful still second of time that entrances the viewer to make them think on that setting and that moment deeper.

The other image that caught my eye was a black and white photograph of an older man leaning on his chair in a doorway. The strength of the image came from the surrounding architecture, grid-like horizontals of the front of the building and the vertical of the street. The man, however, leaning the straight lines of his chair back to rest on a wall of the stoop, cut an intriguing diagonal. Coupled with his old, wrinkled face and bemused expression, it lent itself and aura of whimsy in a rather cut and dried, up and down world.

In the end, as befits my own eye, I was drawn most to those images that benefited the least from being digital (which of course is not meant to devalue these images as well-composed and beautiful images in their own right).

Links:

Center for Digital Imaging Arts, BU: http://www.cdiabu.com/

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