Dramatic Fragments: Photography by Michael Matthew Woodlee
Today we’re featuring the photography of Michael Matthew Woodlee. Michael’s photographs are often of mundane scenarios that seem to have a deeper and in some cases darker story behind them.
Michael’s series Jayce follows the titular individual over a number of years, photographing him, for instance, standing in his bedroom or lighting a cigarette in his parent’s house. These seem like the sort of scenarios that might be recorded randomly, as amateur home photos and yet they are shot with an active, almost morbid interest. This in combination with the neutral faces of the subjects creates an effect that is at once quite normal and utterly removed from any normal scene of life. A few of our other artists also experiment with this type of mysterious photography.
I find Michael’s Identifying Self series especially interesting. The subject matter here appears to be a series of medical procedures that the arist endured, and the resulting photographs tell the story through a series of dramatic fragments.