QUIRKY MOMENTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE
«Quirky Moments of Everyday Life» shows a collection of photographs extending more than 20 years, highlighting the shift from analogue to digital.
A surreal aesthetic with its bright and brilliant colours accompanies the narratives of our daily lives. All the shots are candid, and they come from the curiosity which genuinely rises from the act of going through life in itself. Irony is present in its subtlety, as well as a good dose of mystery: these two themes underlies a lot of this photographer’s work. In his view, crafting images is all about ordinary moments made meaningful, while adding to it an individual photographic vision and style.
In «Quirky Moments of Everyday Life» subjects are the focal points of the pictures, and the background completes the visual narrative by adding context. There is a perfect balance between the components, and the power of the photographs relies on crafting a whole another world for us to experience.
Michael E. Northrup is a Maryland-based American photographer. He holds an MFA from Chicago Arts Institute. His works have been exhibited in a number of solo and group shows across the US, and he has photographs in numerous collections, including Nikon, Scientific American, Polaroid, Chicago Arts Institute, and the Virginia Museum of Art.
While growing up in the 50s, his world centred around his family in which his mom would laugh at news stories—“Santa loses fingers while stepping off a helicopter to wave at kids”—and his older brother would tell him that all the science fiction and horror movies they were seeing were documentaries. On a side note, Michael’s father, being a doctor, surgeon, and coroner, would bring humour to the dinner table on bowel obstructions and suicides. His whole family was great at extracting humour out of tragedy, and that has given him a way of seeing life—this influence and upbringing shows in every image.