Larry Fink once characterized photography as “…the critical instrument of the curious” and photographers themselves as “sensual peripheralists”. In ways that Fink may not have intended, his observations grew increasingly meaningful to me as I confronted long–standing agoraphobia. When I found myself in public spaces, I simultaneously yearned to observe and felt compelled to flee. This tension was episodically mitigated – but never completely resolved – by making a photograph. Most of the work in this series was completed after moving in 2015 from the San Francisco Bay area to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Geoffrey Agrons
As a former radiologist, Geoffrey Agrons began his career interpreting “photographs” of the human interior. In time, he recognized that an unspoken aesthetic appreciation of diagnostic images was deeply entwined with the rigor of anatomic analysis, logic, and problem–solving. He grew interested in a different relationship with photography, one that separated an immediate emotional response from vigilant interpretation. In 2005, he acquired his first camera and began to explore the world beyond the darkened radiology reading room. Geoffrey’s work typically explores the uneasy coexistence between human populations and the natural world. He is intrigued by transition and impermanence, and favors material that leaves an inchoate emotional residue — the haunting suspicion that we may have forgotten something important in our inattention to the sensual realm. He has come to think of these mementos mori as “melancholigraphs”.
Geoffrey Agrons lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work has been represented in many juried exhibitions and he has won numerous awards.