In photography, objects as subjects is definitely nothing new but rather, what’s worth noticing is the obsession that rises throughout the medium’s history. New York Times critic Hilton Kramer and MoMA curator John Szarkowski famously said William Eggleston’s photographs were “banaly perfect” and that his object-subjects were noted by their presence. Likewise, I read recently that Ansel Adams started taking sharply focused photos of found objects like lichen-covered anchors to showcase the magnification of his lens. So whether the nature of this reemergence of object-centered images is just art school standard or a cycling of trends, as always it’s most important to pay attention to who is doing it best.
In that sense, there are few photographers who I think are reinterpreting this style well and that includes David Brandon Geeting. A contemporary of Peter Sutherland’s, Geeting holds his own and proves his ability to transfer a mood to whatever object-subject he photographs. As he quotes one of his photo professors at School of Visual Arts (SVA), “‘snapshot’ photographs are only exciting if the photographer’s life is exciting”. Geeting’s life is “boring” and he likes it that way.