45 Arguments - Jon Burris Projects

45 Arguments

45 Arguments is a series of dual-image compositions drawn from the Random Elements series. It was in the making of the Random Elements photos that while examining the proofs, I found myself relying on a kind of crutch. Since the individual images' subjects are nearly intangible and difficult to evaluate, I began to consider each photo in conjunction with others in the series. If there appeared to be a kind of "dialog" between the image under consideration and others within the series, then that photo was admitted to the series. In part, this was about setting up an ambiguous relation between two images presented as a unity within in a common frame.

Thus was born 45 Arguments. "Argument" in the philosophical sense of course, each composition potentially a demonstration of the synthetic relationship between an ambiguous subject and the photograph's reception by the viewer.

It seems to me that these arguments require a studied neutrality. Rather than intentionally constructing them, I preferred to use a methodology avoiding matters of taste, intuition and personal volition in the images' apposition, which has the advantage of making the experience of these images as much a discovery for me as for anyone else.  

The methodology was simple: the images were chosen and located top or bottom by running multiple sets of random numbers. Any results which were duplicative of earlier selections were excluded, as were several where a literal reading of the juxtaposition was too superficially apparent. 45 is simply where I decided to stop. 

45 Arguments is printed in 13" x 19" and 24" x 35" versions. They are intended to be shown both individually and in series.


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