100 Words: Photographers Speak

100 Words: Colin Blakely On Photographing The Familiar

So much of photography deals with the exotic, the other. For my project, "Somewhere in Middle America," I set out to find the beauty and intrigue inherent in the familiar.

I gave myself 3 blocks in which to work: the 400 and 500 blocks of Keech Avenue and the park that lies at its end: my immediate neighborhood. The story I found there is one of a group of people ... living quite literally in Middle America — geographically, economically, politically — at a time when our notions concerning what this means are quickly changing.

Colin Blakely is a professor of photography at Eastern Michigan University. His work has been displayed at Fotofest Houston and the Pingyao International Photography Festival. You can see more of his work on his Web site.

"100 Words" is a series in which photographers describe their work—in their words. What makes them tick? What makes a great photo? Film or digital? Positive or negative? Find out here. Curated by Graham Letorney

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