The Pursuit of Happenstance

Since my early years I have been compelled to take my camera outside and photograph the uncommonness of the everyday. What I find so interesting there is the possibility of surprise in every random occurrence.

My photographs are unscripted exerpts from reality. They are born of those fleeting instances when disparate elements intersect, when meaning is uncertain. My purpose is to nudge viewers gently toward a point of view that is quirky, satiric, sometimes confronting. Juxtaposition, after all, can suggest comedy within tragedy, absurdity in the mundane.

The camera is an instrument superbly designed to isolate these curious slices of life. Its reputation as a credible witness, contrasted with some seemingly unreal moments, lends a humorous, gently cynical tone.

In the end, however, when novelty and humour are spent, these frozen fractions of time can break your heart.

Brian Condron 2018


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