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Robert Moran, Underwood, Arhcival pigment print, 2011/2012, Edition 1/8, Signed recto.
Relics is a series of portraits of everyday objects that are past their prime. Once relied upon, they have been forgotten or discarded. I photographed each item singly so that the viewer can concentrate on its individual essence. Cracks and scuffs of hard use. Mended hinges. Patches worn smooth by frequent polishing. Looking at each piece through my camera lens, I came to appreciate how often function dictates form, and how frequently the form is right.
Some of these objects may have been used for years by one person, while others passed through many hands. All of them have stories. Selecting and photographing them, I began to think about the events in my life to which objects have borne witness. They are our partners in life.
Over the years, I have taken pictures of neighbors, strangers, classic cars, icebergs, and now, a table fan. Each time, I have tried to capture something of my subject’s essential spirit. I take photographs to satisfy my creative drive. In that sense, I am my own intended audience. However, I would like my work to strike a universal chord. I hope that these images move other viewers.
Robert Moran divides his time between Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine. His award-winning photographs have appeared in solo and group shows, and are in private collections in the United States and abroad. His photos have also been published in The Photo Review, Fotoblur, and B&W + Color Magazine. His most recent photographic expeditions have been to Cuba and Antarctica.