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Posted by The Center on November 19, 2010

(Photo credit: Ben Marcin, “Gambrills, MD”)
(Photo credit: Ben Marcin, “Arlington, VA”)

Photographer Ben Marcin looks for the absurd in the average – and he usually finds it. This attention to detail transforms Marcin’s day to day wanderings into a scavenger hunt for visual gems.

Ben writes:

My color photographs seek out the odd within the ordinary, the colorful alongside the everyday. Whether on a mountaintop in Montenegro or in an alley back home in Baltimore, my camera is constantly straddling that mysterious zone between the real and the surreal.

See more of Ben’s work at

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Posted by The Center on November 18, 2010

(Photo credit: John Keedy, “Protean Frame II”)

You would be forgiven for thinking that the subjects of John Keedy’s “Protean Frame II” look alike. In fact, they’re identical. Composites of multiple self portraits, Keedy examines the dualities of self using carefully staged sets.

In his own words:

The series Protean Frames, from which this image is taken, examines how the creation and maintenance of relationships with others can act as a mirror for our own internal relationships. Each photograph is digitally constructed using three or more images, resulting in double self-portraits.  Each image works to tell the story of the relationship between two individuals, both of whom are me, and reference my own personal experiences and interactions with others and with myself.

More of John’s work can be seen at

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