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#Photography #The Great Leap Sideways #Amy Stein #Portraiture #Street photography #Documentary photography
"While the photographs themselves could neither predict nor define the myriad of events that have superseded them in recent history, the strict parameters of the concept that draws them together nevertheless addresses itself to a certain creeping normalcy of extremities of circumstance, which recent history has seen extend to extremities of belief. Frequently this normalised extremism in our culture is met with exasperation, an intensity of disinterest or an equal measure of antagonism. At the level of economic realities as much as conventional political norms, extremities are decreasingly abnormal. At a certain point, a pattern of accidents must come to suggest intention. At a certain frequency of occurrence, more people will find themselves stranded than safely passing by.
If a willingness to care for one’s neighbours is integral to the making of this work, it is certainly anathema to policy and politically orthodox aims in the present climate. The risk potentially implied in these pictures thus becomes the normalisation of an even more widespread marginality than has historically been the norm: an inversion of the socialising function of the street into the atomising mechanism of the automotive road.”
— from “Along Some Interstate Highways" an essay on photographer Amy Stein’s “Stranded” just published at thegreatleapsideways.com