Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole is a conceptual artist born and raised in Indianapolis in 1981. He graduated from Indiana University then attended the New England School of Photography to get his MA degree in digital arts. His mother instilled in him a love of garage sales and thrift stores, where he developed a fascination with the junk that people leave behind. He is obsessed with how people live their lives. He sits out and watches people and observes them. I like that he took a metaphor "you don't know someone until you've walked in their shoes" and used that as a concept for his photographs. He created these self portraits of him dressed like and in environments of the people he observed. In return he comes to know those people based on him being in their shoes.  
“At the heart of my work is a fascination with ambiguities and inconsistencies, an interest in how I go about negotiating areas of grey and how others manage to do the same. When I am in public, I watch people going about their daily routines alone; I wonder about the lives they lead, wonder how they experience the world around them and how they make meaning of it. I spend time inventing stories for them: narratives of isolation, of questioning and searching, of desire, and of confusion. I see people as strange and contradictory, but ultimately as creatures who all seek to make sense of and understand their own existence." - Caleb Cole 

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