In addition to specific projects, I pursue a variety of urban landscape studies around New York City. Yet, after several years of this, I realize I'm barely scratching the surface. Just when I think I've got a handle on capturing these famously gritty streets, I turn a corner and realize just how infinitely deep and rich this town really is. My snowstorm images of Brooklyn's Prospect Park are cases in point. At first glance, they might be mistaken for wilderness landscapes. Then, lamps lining a path come into focus, and faint hints of distant benches. Tiny details emerge and wilderness trekkers become a dog walker or a couple on a park hike. New York City proves to be as hard to pin down as ever. Even when I'm the middle of other projects, exploring other ideas and subjects, the promise of discoveries like these send me back out into the city to try to nudge it into revealing itself again.
Joseph O. Holmes
Joseph O. Holmes' photographs have hung in solo and group shows around the world. His series "The Booth” was a Featured Exhibition of Toronto's CONTACT Photography Festival, following its four-month run at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image. Among other awards, Holmes has been honored with a Curator's Commendation at the Houston Center for Photography, first prize in MPLS Photo Center's 2010 Portraits Exhibition, Honorable Mention in the Silver Eye Gallery's Fellowship Competition, Honorable Mention in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Photographic Center Northwest's 12th Annual Competition. He has been a Top 50 and Finalist in Critical Mass/Photolucida and twice invited to the Review Santa Fe juried portfolio review. He lives in Brooklyn and is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery, New York City.