Photography of Robert & Richard Williams in the Library Oct-Dec, 2014
STATEMENT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
These photographs were not intended to represent a single theme. Instead, they seek to illustrate several different themes:
- The largest group might be called “Modern Graffiti” because all of the photographs explore the idea of converting buildings into art objects, not through their architecture but by painting on the exterior walls.
- The two street scenes are efforts to show in color the type of black-and-white photography made famous by Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and Gary Winogrand, usually called street photography. The photograph taken along the Champs Elysee in Paris contrasts the magnificence of the Arc de Triomphe in the background with the young pedestrians in the foreground, all of whom are distracted by a mysterious young man flexing his biceps. The other photograph sets forth a unique means of earning a living in a small town in Ireland just outside of Cork.
- The beach scene was shot in Cabo San Lucas in full daylight but was converted into a twilight mood piece through use of Adobe Elements and Corel PaintShop.
- Even though it appears to be trick photography, the “Eye in the Sky” shows an actual billboard atop a building near Times Square in New York City. The only adjustments made in the computer were increased contrast and the addition of a pale blue tone to the otherwise gray sky. It was tempting to put the letters “NSA” somewhere on the billboard but that seemed like overkill.
Robert P. Williams
Richard A. Williams