Yesterday, I walked into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw that there was a modern photography section of the museum, which I had not previously known of. I knew immediately where I was going first. It was hard to find, but eventually, I made it up to the top floor and saw that, lo and behold, there was a new William Eggleston exhibit!
I went in and saw the exhibit, which was by all standards phenomenal. Eggleston is masterful with all colors, tones, lights, and situations. By the time I was almost done with the exhibit, I figured that I had seen the best that the Met had to offer me. Then, as I was fixated on one of the last photos I had to see, my friend pulled me over and told me, “You have to see this right now.” I told him wait a few minutes, I wasn’t done looking at Eggleston. But he persisted, and I left.
45 minutes later, I had just viewed a piece that has (tentatively) changed my perception of art forever. The piece, and accompanying exhibit, is British artist James Nares’ Street. It functions as an hour long video, but is slowed down exponentially from all the footage taken. The video seeks to take everyday interactions of the modern world and turn those into a very special kind of art. Honestly speaking, it was the most mesmerizing piece of visual art I have ever encountered. I would wholeheartedly recommend this exhibit to anyone and everyone, but particularly to photographers and visual artists.
- Noah Morrison