FROM HERE ON OUT
Alex Nelson (b.1989, USA) deals with the issue of her parents’ divorce in the series From Here on Out, a five-year-long meditation on how this event has affected her nuclear family, and how the established roles have evolved through the years, influencing interpersonal dynamics.
The pictures, both spontaneous and crafted, don’t reveal in themselves anything of what’s happened, however they convey a palpable sense of tension, contained in the tenuous and apparently benign colours, that distinguish Nelson’s chromatic language. The delicacy of her series reveal as well an atmosphere of aftermath and reflectiveness rather than of rage and immediacy. The portraits of the family members show them hardly ever looking at the camera, as if the photographer wasn’t actually there, recreating a detached yet intimate point of view.
Everyday scenes like a spontaneous gesture, a distracted gaze, a lazy afternoon game, isolated from their original context, acquire the symbolic force of the turmoil that lies beneath an apparently smooth surface.