Ambiguity of Cityspace
What is it about being on the outside looking in that piques our interest? Walking down city streets, we often find that the view of the indoors from the sidewalk is fractured by window and doorframes that divide our attention. In constructing the graphic images in this portfolio, I have reordered these sometimes ambiguous views into new compositions, incorporating different perspectives, objects, and color. If you appreciate these new spaces and wish to enter them, then I will have accomplished my objective of creating novel perceptions of order within a sometime chaotic urban environment.
Richard Alan Cohen lives and works in the South End of Boston where he still pursues his college double major in art and science. When asked about the relationship between his photography and his other lifelong pursuits, he says, “My objective in making photographic images is the same as it has been in my career in directing a biomedical research laboratory. My goal – in both endeavors – is discovering the organization, the intrinsic design, and the composition in a subject, doing the work to enable it to be better appreciated by myself and others, and further developing it to the point at which it is expressed in print.”
Cohen’s photographic subjects include landscapes, many taken in bogs and rivers, where he focuses on how natural features can organize what may otherwise appear to be chaotic surroundings. His cityscapes of Boston and elsewhere emphasize architectural design elements and interior spaces – some of them restructured to bring order to the urban visual experience.
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