Portent by Frank Mullaney
This series, Portent, grew from a mood of unease and anxiety that began, for me, in the post- Trump election world we all now live in. The daily papers and television news shows carry constant stories of deceitful behaviors, corrupted politics, conspiracy theories, wars, and the threat of nuclear war. Social behavior changed. All around me I saw people appearing angrier, acting rasher, reaching a little more desperately for the proverbial brass ring. These feelings of dread and fear and mortality became hyper-realized for me and I sensed it in others as well. I began to take notice of, and photograph, things that appeared almost as foreboding omens; a single crow alighting on a rock, a barking dog backlit on a roof, silhouetted figures. At first, these sightings seemed alarming, then surreal and, finally, cinematic. I almost always shoot in color. I love rich saturated colors. But these times spoke to me in black and white.
Frank Mullaney lives and works in New York City and Livingston Manor, New York.
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