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January 1, 2008

B.A. Senior Exhibition

B.A. Senior Exhibition

Sarah Renk
photographs, set of six
2008

The photographer took black and white portraits of six of her friends with their dogs, using a Holga camera.
I like the casual posing of the subjects and the gritty feel of the messy alleyways, mattresses, kitchens in the background.
Each pair of subjects shows the partnership between human and dog. I like how neither dog nor human dominates the portrait, but they share the space and the photographs are titled with both human and dog names, such as, “Malise and Bram�, instead of “Malise and his dog�…
My favorite is “Wendy and Merle� because Wendy is smiling and Merle looks all naughty gnawing on a big stick. and the background is a homey kitchen and it looks all friendly and fun.
The black and white and the darkening of the corners adds an aged retro look, which I believe the artist was going for with the use of the Holga camera. The black and white have nice tones with many greys – not too contrasty.