November 30, 2021

“Street Close-Ups,” An Art Exhibition by Ron Hartley

“Street Close-Ups,” An Art Exhibition by Ron Hartley

Artist’s Statement: I like to photograph things imbedded in urban asphalt or found on the sidewalks and by-ways of city streets.

Street Close-Ups

I love the grungy texture of street art; grunge being an inevitable by-product of the human species that speaks to the human condition like wrinkles to an elderly face.

Ron Hartley

Street Close-Ups

Someone tosses an empty soda can that gets crushed and rusted with time, a fallen leaf lays like a shipwreck marooned on a strange landscape, a white traffic line cracks up in a time-lapse of years, an oil slick fades in a time-lapse of minutes and I try to find my way there.

Ron Hartley

Sometimes “there” can be in the middle of heavily trafficked streets where I practically risk my life trying to photograph such things like they were pieces of the Maltese Falcon.

Street Close-Ups

If the sun sits low enough in the sky and a red light stays red long enough, my hopeful eye and photoshop enhancement skills might be able to endow such under-foot kinds of things with the weight and aspect of galactic formations or rare archeological finds.

Street Close-Ups

Ron Hartley

I like to think of the process as the art of making art out of nothing. 

Street Close-Ups

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Ron Hartley

Ron is a former Clio winning art director who had staff positions at four New York ad agencies. He currently divides his time between writing, art and photography. Ron has had stories published in many online journals and his photographs have been shown in The Photo Review, the Brooklyn Public Library, the ARAS Archive and in a Katonah Museum art exhibition curated by MOMA. Ron lives in Brooklyn.  

Street Close-Ups
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