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Peter Ydeen


Black White and Gray

Black White and Gray is a series of urban landscape photographs shot along the eighty mile Interstate 78 corridor, beginning in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, traveling through New Jersey, and then finishing in New York City. These are images living in the gray tones, and using the gray subject matter typically found in New Topographics photography, but then veer from that stoic and academic sensibility into a more romantic vision. Formal compositions take on distortions giving the impression of Lewis Baltz with a crooked neck, Robert Adams-like buildings are topped with a Fragonard Cloud, and the simplicity of Gohlke is given Brunelleschi perspectives. These landscapes combine movement and purposeful contortions with vignettes both simple and cluttered to create a unique soft tension. Frames which are still, quiet and somewhat formal, but ones which present a more wistful, elegant and animated view of our everyday urban landscape.
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