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Memories of Unknown Cities

by Vivien Park

Marc Yankus's sleepy-eyed portraits of the city "as it sinks into slumber, as it rouses itself to face a new day" are beautiful images of an indefinite time and place. Having originally studied to be a painter, Yankus took up photography as a way to generate collage materials for his compositions. As a photographer, his work has retained painterly qualities, with foregrounds and backgrounds often blending into one another.

While his use of muted tones and patinas are a common technique, they uniquely convey a sense of memory and the passage of time. The blurriness of the subjects gives the impression that they could be any urban scene. I found myself reflecting on places I've never been before as if they were a memory.

Credits: Photo from marcyankus.com.

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