© Nicholas Nixon, 2022
Part of Nicholas Nixon’s most recent work, this photograph captures his perspective on daily experience, paying close attention to the small details of life in Brookline. The new work shows plays of light and shadow on his porch, the dense materiality of textures in his garden, the muddy bank of a nearby river, and sidewalk bricks.
We must highlight the artistic joy evident in the series, Nixon’s delight in the aesthetic crystallization of a fragment of reality. However, despite the occasionally abstract qualities of the images, his gaze is not distanced from reality, but instead reverberates with it. The series revels in an intimate commemoration of the familiar, of what shapes the immediacy of the everyday. In an allegorical way, as in Front Steps, Brookline, these images possess a celebratory nature that goes hand in hand with a sense of nostalgia. Producing these conflicting emotions is a hallmark of photography, which captures fleeting moments.