I’m not sure about the answer to the question posed by that photo title, but the news that I just received about the image may help me from having to respond to that question in the affirmative negative. I’m pleased to have learned that the Editors of LensCulture Magazine chose this image from my 2022 LensCulture Street Photography Awards submission to be featured online in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards Competition Gallery. See it at lensculture.com/awards . @LensCulture #LensCultureDiscoveries . All too easy to see why this might have appealed particularly to the Editors at this wretched point in time. If you do visit the Competition Gallery and find my photograph, you’ll see that you can also use the little side-arrow to see the other works in my submission.
In a similar happy unhappy vein, it may well be that something similar was at work in the selection of the image below by Juror Dallas Crow for the “Words, Words, Words” exhibition currently on display online and in the physical space of the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis, MN https://www.praxisphotocenter.org/praxis-gallery :
Like most everyone else these days, I’m grateful for anything, like the news of these two selections, that may help me stay closer to the sane end of the sane-to-insane spectrum!
Was the Alfred P. Sloan Scholar for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. Obtained a Master of the Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I was selected as a Writing Fellow in Poetry by the Program faculty. Have published poems, essays and reviews in many magazines, anthologies, reference works, and other publications, including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Parabola, OMNI, and the exhibition catalogue for Art at the Edge of the Law at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Received a law degree from the University of Michigan, and have changed the law and created educational programs in the fields of arts law, historic preservation law, and public construction and contracting law in the State of Connecticut. My photographs have appeared in international, national, regional and state juried exhibitions, and have been selected for awards including Honorable Mentions in the Architecture, Fine Art (series), Nature (series), Open Theme (series), Portrait, and Seascape categories from the international Fine Art Photography Awards, and an Honorable Mention in the Fine Art-Other category from the International Photography Awards. Photographs of mine have been selected for exhibition or publications by or in the 2019 International Juried Exhibition of the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), 2019 International Competition of The Photo Review, the 2019 Open Exhibition of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins CO, F-Stop Magazine, Shadow & Light Magazine, Black Box Gallery in Portland OR, Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis MN, the Darkroom Gallery in VT, PhotoPlace Gallery in VT, A Smith Gallery in TX, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and many other journals and venues. My work has also been selected for inclusion in the Flatfile Program of Artspace New Haven (CT). My photography website is at www.lawrenceruss.com .