Night Contact invited open submissions from photographers/artists to respond to one of four lines of text provided by four independent judges. Four curators â Thurston Moore, Esther Teichmann, Rebecca Norris Webb and Anne Bourgeois-Vignon â each selected a line of text with personal resonance for them to respond to.
Entrants submitted images for one of the four texts, and in turn each judge selected and edited a selection of the submitted images into a slideshow. Each slideshow is a visual representation and interpretation of the curatorâs original text. The project explores the ambiguity of the image, how meaning can be constructed through a layer of participants, and the active role of the viewer.
Rebecca Norris Webb, photographer and poet, asked photographers to respond to this text and has created a slideshow entitled âTell it Slantâ:
âYou can see beauty only from the side, hastily.â (Tomas Transtromer, from the poem Under Pressure)
Rebecca has further played with this concept by selecting 5 images and responding to the image with a line of text. The second in this series can be seen below:
â[I prefer] the always-more-successful surrealism of everyday lifeâ¦ its peripheral vision of whatever it is one can never really see full face.â
U.S. poet, Elizabeth Bishop, in a letter to Anne Stevenson
Â©IAN JONES, âWhale CafÃ©,â Iceland, 2014