Bas Jan Ader- Melt

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This piece brought me joy instantly. It has whimsy and an intimate quality, like I’m honored to be looking at this particular moment in time.  The facial expression of determination is perplexing given the context of the photo which makes it even more fascinating. A relationship instantly formed for me with the subject, simply because of this rare moment being stilled. It reminds me of films when the music and sound is stripped from a scene and the raw breath and facial expressions of characters are all that is left. This image looks noisy if that makes sense, and yet in this one moment, it’s entirely still and silent.

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