Danforth Art Museum Photograph Essay
For many, abandoned buildings hold keys to the past. They are places frozen in time- authentic, eerie, and intriguing all in the same. Photographer and mixed media artist Samuel Quinn is one willing to break laws and trespass property in order to explore and capture these deserted wonders. In 2008, while in the South Shore driving his friend home, Quinn passed an eye-catching abandoned white house that stood lifeless in between two simple suburban homes. Two years later, in need of a new project, he traveled back to the house and began taking photographs for his portfolio A Houses Echo, which, as he describes, holds “portraits of a family who once lived in a house. A house…show more content… A closed door with its decorated frame stands next to it. Quinn uses photo manipulation to project a slide of one of the pictures left in the home. It is a vacation photo taken by a family who once lived in the house. In it, we see a lake with a reflection traveling towards brownish-black mountains topped with snow. Much of the wedding dress and the door are transparent, allowing the whole vacation photo to be visible. An antique light fixture accompanies a wide-open doorway on the right wall. The picture plane is confined to a relatively small space. It is mostly made up of straight lines, the majority of them being vertical or horizontal. The lines of the stair railing and the right and left walls create a directional force traveling from the foreground to the background. While observing the print, viewers will be able to notice a pattern of rectangles repeating throughout the image. There appears to be a monochromatic color scheme, based on the distribution of varying shades of white, along with the brown railing, ceiling wood, and stain in the lower corner of the right wall. This could also be considered a neutral color scheme.
In “Untitled 5”, viewers see the interior corner of a room on the upper floor of the abandoned house. As with all of his photographs, Quinn staged this scene. He discovered three wooden picture frames lying on the floor and positioned them on the adjacent green walls that face the viewers.