It is the feeling of when you met her for the first time. Nah, meeting her wasn’t it – it was when you tasted her for the first time, the sweetness that hung heavy on your tongue. When she laid by your side, tracing the outline of your ribs. That moment in particular, that is when you realized she was really something else. The love a creative experiences when immersed in his medium is seldom replicated. Jerry Hsu‘s latest, “A Love Like Mine Is Hard to Find” is an intimate body of work that is reminiscent of the first time you recognize the adoration you have for your craft. The photos themselves are not consistently wrought with intimacy, rather it is the fact that the spectator is allowed to view the world as Hsu sees it. It is all in the details – some photos you get and others you simply do not.
What I find especially captivating in this body of work is how commonplace scenes are elevated with the combination of unexpected details and a stunning creative eye. At the risk of sounding cliche, it seems that Jerry can find a stroke of beauty or hint of entertainment in just about anything. This isn’t to downplay his work – I commend photographers who transform the every day into a story. There is duality, there is humor, there is fear, there is beauty, and, at the very end of it all, there is one fucking passionate love affair.
Be sure to swing past the opening reception for Jerry Hsu’s “A Love Like Mine Is Hard to Find” this Friday, April 3rd at Slow Culture Gallery between 7 and 10 pm.