The banality of this photo’s urban setting provides a counterpoint to the bitterness of its caption, taken from a tweet sent by someone who had just lost his or her job. (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman)
Every photograph in Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s “Geolocation”series starts with a caption. But the artists don’t write them themselves.
The images originate as tweets that Larson and Shindelman select for their poignancy, humor or some other quality. They then travel to the places that the tweets were sent from, indentified by GPS coordinates embedded in the messages, and take a picture. The resulting works pair image with words, to sometimes startling effect.
A selection of “Geolocation” images is on view at Montpelier Arts Center. Read my review of the exhibition (whose images are also available in book form), and check out a few of the pictures after the jump.
The images from “Geolocation” work best when there is no ovious connection between the location and the message. (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman) The personal nature of some of the tweeted captions is occasionally breathtaking, lending the pictures a profound intimacy. (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman) Humor sometimes mixes with pathos, as in this anonymous employment pitch, tweeted from what looks like a golf course. (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman) The moodiness of this photo is amplified by its caption: “Why doesn’t he understand I dnt want to be kissed let alone seen while I’m sick. Ugh.” (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman) The literal emptiness of some of Larson and Shindelman’s photos is balanced by their emotional fullness. (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman) A subtext of “Geolocation” is the loss of privacy and the theme of over-sharing. (Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman)