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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Jack Toolin

SPE Member since 1990
Member Chapter: Northeast

Continental Drift

This is a new body of images that utilizes emotion in facial expression, clothing, and movement, as metaphors for shifting dynamics in Western culture. Color is used to both focus the viewer’s attention on the psychological states of the subjects and to provide a counterpart to those emotions.

The images are part of my ongoing interest in the relationship between individuals and larger economic, cultural and political systems. Reference points for me have been writers such as C. Wright Mills, David Harvey and Keller Easterling, and artists such as Lewis Hine, Guy Debord and Hans Haacke.

Untitled (man_newspaper)

Untitled (man_pocket)

Untitled (man_striding)

Untitled (man_lookingDown)

Untitled (man_trench coat), 2016

Continental Drift (woman_looking down)

Continental Drift (man_looking up)

Continental Drift (man_twisting)

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