Subtext No.12222015: MAN, Chromogenic Color Digital Photograph, 48 x 72 inches, 2015

This week we welcome Kenneth Vick, aka Mr. Vick, a photographer who was born in Connecticut in 1955 and has lived and worked in Harlem since 1994. Mr. Vick’s photographic experience began in 1978. His early series of work: “Pictures from Utica,” “View Through My Window,” and “The Empires Waste,” represent his visual experiences while living in Utica, New York.

Subtext No.462022, Chromogenic Color Digital Photograph, 40 x 28 inches, 2022

“I left Utica in 1994 to photograph New York City and its immediate surroundings. “The River Edge,” was my first New York exhibition of photographs, taken from the perspective or vantage point of the rivers’ borders and boundaries. Despite what man has done to secularize the natural environment, I see a spiritual element in each river vista that I had to secure on film,” he says.

Subtext: Untitled, 48 x 32″, photograph mounted on plexiglass.


“I work with images that are not typically viewed as Art. Images I capture are those that are often unnoticed by people during their daily commutes and co-minglings in, around, and under the city of New York. Sub-Text, is another ongoing series of images that represent time spent as an underground traveler and cogent observer of city life’s residuals.”

“I work with images that are not typically viewed as art. Images I capture are those that are often unnoticed by people during their daily commutes and co-minglings in, around and under the city of New York,” Mr. Vick explains.

The Americans #1232021, West 4th St, Greenwich Village NYC, Digital Photograph, 2021
 

“Another ongoing series of images, “Sub-Text” represents time spent as an underground traveler and cogent observer of city life’s residuals. I find my images on subway trains and platforms, on bill postings and advertising spaces. These diamonds in the rough, proofs of society’s queues have taken on an important meaning in my life. They are the Rosetta Stones of our time, random renderings and hieroglyphs, and the cultural layerings of unpretentious palimpsests,” he says.

See more of Mr. Vick’s work on his website and Instagram.

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