April 9 – July 21, 2019
Reception June 7, 2019
I am fascinated by group gatherings, such as holidays, or outings with family or a regular group of friends. Repeated over time, the group activity becomes more familiar, ritualized and expected, and fosters levels of interaction, which are increasingly informal. Even if some within the group are less than enthusiastic about individual interactions, the repeated interactions deepen over time, and the life of the group starts to transcend the sum of its individuals. I am illustrating the group experience with panoramas, where the long aspect ratio allows the viewer to see the group from the perspective of a member.
Lee Kilpatrick is a fine art photographer and the director of the Washington Street gallery and studios in Somerville, MA. His primary focus is fine-art documentary in both digital and film. His work usually depicts people in everyday but intimate situations; the subjects seem to be in their own private worlds, conscious of neither the camera nor themselves. As opposed to “photographing people”, he photographs their interaction – and lack of interaction – with their environment. Along with conventional formats, he also uses panoramic photography, to present a closer view of the subject set in a wide view of the environment.
Kilpatrick’s recent work includes “Splendid Isolation: Late Summer in Northern Maine,” portraying the agricultural area where he grew up, and “A Case Of You,” documenting his sister who died at 42 after years of mental illness and alcoholism.