Richard Alan Cohen
What is it about being on the outside looking in that piques our interest? From the city sidewalk, we are attracted to light, color, and fashion that seduces us for commercial gain. We are compelled to crave the accessories of a material world. In my images of urban commercial spaces, I aim to contrast what dazzles us from the outside with the separation of that environment and its motives from our natural world. The artificial extravagance of these alluring inner spaces is appointed by curious color, eerie light, shiny baubles, and ethereal mannequins. Our view is set off by window or door frames, alluding to the cultural separation of the interior space. Our visual field is divided, triggering a second glance inward, just as one thing after another competes for our desires.