Photographer of the Week #121: Juan Madrid

Juan Madrid is a photographer currently living in his hometown of Catskill, New York. He received a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is now the digital lab manager at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His own photographic practice centers around the idea of place and finding strangeness, nuance, and beauty in the banal.

Discrepancies was made during my third year of college. It’s definitely the beginning of how my voice started developing – technically speaking, these are some of the simplest photos I’ve made. They contain a certain urgency and excitement though, being very direct and obtuse at the same time. This series was informed by some convoluted thinking about the unknown, but more simply, it confronts a certain mix of awe and fear that life is full of in even its most mundane moments.” – Juan Madrid

In Madrid’s series Discrepancies, the ambiguous nature of his collection of photographs pulls viewers into an alternate world where subjects drastically shift from one image to the next. There is something fascinating about the singular subjects Madrid focuses on capturing, the resulting photographs posing many questions for his audience. As viewers, we are drawn to contemplate the importance of a red-stained palm or blank markers pointing in uncertain directions. Each subject feels spiritually significant or enlightening, as if acting as a pathway to another reality and bringing clarity to mundane objects that would otherwise go unnoticed. This collection of diverse subject matter functions as an archive of totems, a series of sacred objects that Madrid pieces together and lays open for endless interpretation.

For more of Madrid’s work, take a look at his website.