Two Way Street
Photographs & Texts by Gretchen Grace Foreword by Julia Coddington; Afterword by Carin Berger
Published by Daylight Books
96 Pages, 45 photographs 8 x 10 inches
Two Way Street by Gretchen Grace
From the Press Release:
In her seminal book Slouching Toward Bethlehem, writer Joan Didion wrote of New York City: "I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month."
In her collection of both black & white and color photographs, artist Gretchen Grace captures this sense of vibrancy and possibility. New York is a city so full of personality and people that anything could happen at any given moment. By combining black and white images taken in a classic 'caught moment' street photography aesthetic, along with nuanced color studies and abstractions, Grace conveys this complexity unique to the city.
Grace writes of finding "...iconic moments in the everyday," and her black and white photographs, which comprise the first section of the book, catch New Yorkers out and about in their ordinary days. Yet her eye for composition and discovery takes these moments and elevates them, honoring people being people. Her images carry elements of humor, narrative, synchronicity, and beauty.
The color photographs in the second section of the book are visually disparate from the black and white yet convey the same sense of respect for the subject. These images catch line and shape, shadow, and color sweeps, revealing a side of New York that is everywhere if one looks.
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