The series we introduce today is an excerpt from a much larger group of photographs called «Compression Therapy». American society is exceedingly complex. In most of the largest American metropolis, there is a brand new and unusual universe to discover. This photographer enjoys the challenge of depicting order from chaotic social landscapes, showing and organizing large amounts of information into one picture. For doing that, colours, composition and ironic juxtapositions are helpful tools to achieve this goal.
«Compression Therapy» is a therapeutic series because of the enormous satisfaction the author gets when achieving a suitable picture. Images that are understandable from all that information, photographs with legs and that serve as documents for future meaning. As Dennis Church says, he joked to someone, “That once you get a viewer into your pictures, you have to give them something to do”, like hosting a guest or even a party. This series feels like it, and everyone is invited.
Dennis Church is an American Street Photographer. From a very early age, he spent his youth moving through a vast open landscape, driving trucks, tractors and heavy machinery on his parents’ Iowa farm. But it wasn’t until after acquiring a camera on a whim, that these experiences would inform his practice as a street photographer. Along the way, he tried freelancing editorial, public relations and advertising photography. He returned to street photography because he felt something pure in it, something closer to his perceptions and feelings.
Street photography makes this author feel alive by honing his senses, intuitions and athletic reflexes. He has a graduate-level background in sociology and psychology and, because of that, he examines the complexity of our social landscape. He works from and toward visual ideas, and he is very interested in colour photography because it is an inexhaustible reservoir of ideas. Add hundreds of other pictorial ideas from the history of picture-making, sometimes difficult lighting, changing technical demands, and the physicality of street photography, that makes it a complex and delightfully challenging thing to do. His projects come about after the fact, in editing.
Street photography is the perfect vehicle for him to find and communicate his perception of meaning about life and our society. He is currently working on a book called “Transport”, which is a meditation on physical and psychological movement.