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Abstracted Macro Photography by Joseph Peter Sullivan

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U.S.-based artist and photographer Joseph Peter Sullivan sheds beautiful light on overlooked objects, using an interesting style of abstracted macro photography.


A photograph of an odd corner of a home interiorKO_M

Some of Joseph’s most recent works focus on the extreme details of architectural spaces. These photos don’t capture the grandiose of a new skyscraper or cathedral, but rather the visual interest that happens in small imperfections, cracks and textures in aging, mundane rooms. I love the softness of these photographs, and the way they offer just enough information to the viewer while still leaving much up to interpretation.


The front page of Joseph Peter Sullivan's art websiteThe front page of Joseph's website


Joseph seems to have a great skill for presenting a series of images as a narrative, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks. Last time we looked at the artist’s simple, eye-catching photos we talked specifically about his Self Portrait series, in which a number of photos of fragmented textures and colors are taken together to comprise a vague yet telling impression of the artist. 


A strange photo of digital staticself-portrait series

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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