In these quotidian images from Scott Bentley’s new series of photos, All Around Noise: Studies in Framing, Synecdoche and Juxtaposition, we see his fascination with elements of everyday wear and tear as we consider new points of view. Bentley gets around in a wheelchair, his lens uniquely angled across the topography of movement. Many of these photos—all shot with his iPhone—focus on the ground, on the inner-mechanisms of objects found, framing the figures low down that with the rush of time may without notice disappear.
With the close-up the abstract made concrete. Via juxtaposition, the little things set side-by-side, and synecdoche, the separate parts that make up the planet, these photos bring to mind the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” the idea of discovering the beautiful in the ugly: patterns in the dirt, the decay that surrounds.
Bentley flings us into the mix of intention and happenstance, the transient beauty in the shapes we adore and the stuff we toss away. If an iota of rust can draw us to attention, then mathematically this means our world is 10,000 times more a wilderness than we ever imagined. With these textured images Bentley asks us for a moment to hear a note of silence in the traffic…
Scott Bentley received an MA from UC San Diego and an MFA from Mills College. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches writing at California State University East Bay. In addition to All Around Noise, Bentley is the author of four poetry collections: The Occasional Tables, Ground Air, Out of Hand and EDGE; and the ebook for children, Our Imaginary Friends. All Around Noise is his first book of photographs.