Your Friends - a sense of familiarity
21st June 2012
Many Blippers will have stumbled across the images and stories of Blowfishmouth.
A tattooed, bearded, bicycle-riding Texan, his daily photos often make you smile, weep or just think "I wish I'd done that."
Well, this week Blowfish (aka Brian Carroll) launches his first ever exhibition of images in Fort Worth, Texas.
The exhibition, 'Your Friends' is a collection of ten pieces that will be on display at 'Stir Crazy' through July 16th.
Speaking of the images that he's chosen to for the show he said:
"Contrary to most other things in my life, I feel that my natural aesthetic is quite conservative, maybe even a bit aseptic," says Blowfishmouth. "I think that I am fairly non-confrontational with my photographs, almost to the point of conjuring a near-sterile composition. Maybe I subconsciously seek this paradox."
"Like the modern and post-modern literary forms I feel a great affinity to, I am pleased when I capture the moments of isolation in places of that exist to supposedly decry such alonenesses: the guy pushing the cart of milk past the guy on his phone, each in their own worlds, yet all in the democratizing shadow of the library at the University where I work and study. Or, the elderly gentleman alone, sitting backwards, on the bench at the Fort Worth City Zoo, staring off at some spindly-legged gazelles amidst the lull of screaming children in their strollers. Or, the quiet nighttime shot of workers fixing a blown out sewer line. Or even my finance Leah watering our herbs against the featureless wall of our flat units. Yet I feel a sort of familiarity with these people, and I honestly think that most others really do too, [hence the title of my show, Your Friend(s)...], this essence of kinship, even if brief, even if all of them are strangers (well, except for Leah, of course).
"I am not an artist. I just try to document, from time to time, discreet moments, moments that are almost totally silent."