Robert Boudreau – Hunter Street Books
On February 19, 2017 - Exhibit
The most common grid that photographers use to organize a composition is the rule of thirds. The number of units within a grid however depends on the complexity of the subect matter. The more complex the subect matter, the more versatile the grid needs to be. A more complex grid may have units that vary in both size and shape. Grids need not be made up of straight lines in box-like shapes although that is what we commonly think of as a grid. In many of the images in Grid Studies, the grid sits on top of the image as an integral part of both the composition and the subject matter. The photographs come from a variety of on-going documentary projects I have been working on: the Baseball Diamond Series, the Rodeo Chap Books, the Watertower Diaries, to name a few. Bringing the grid to the forefront is like a magician showing you the trick behind the magic. Because the venue is a bookstore, the images are printed as a series of tryptychs on a simple grid. Doing so allowed one image to inform another and create a crude sort of narrative movement or a storytelling. I consider this work to be sketchs of a potential exhibit and not a final, fully realized exhibit.