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Just Waitin’ for a Plane
Moby
Destroyed
Reviewer #1
New York by Moby. Source: clicgallery.com
Moby, "New York"

This reviewer will readily admit that he is so pop-ignorant, or maybe just so generationally-challenged that he has spent the last 15 minutes or so checking Wikopedia and YouTube to find out who Moby, ‘a world class chill out master’, is. (Did you know that his great-great-great-granduncle was Herman Melville, a well-known author?) But I figure not having his celebrity persona makes it easier to evaluate the photographs in this show as pure photography - without the aura of fame.

Not uncommonly, photography galleries capitalize on the names of celebrities, who almost all own their own cameras, and who almost all feel that they have superior artistic sensibilities. And there is no doubt a seemingly limitless market for these artifacts. This show by Moby is no different.

Most these pictures could have been taken by your artistic Aunt Ethyl on one of her exotic vacations. But, that out of the way, I liked the show. The presentation is modest, and the prices are equally so (about $600 for a 16x20 print.) And there is a genuinely personal quality to them, giving us a realistic perspective on the life of a pop music sensation, or at least this one.

Perth by Moby. Source: clicgallery.com
Moby, "Perth"

Moby doesn’t seem to have flashy moments with supermodels in the backseats of limousines, or at least he mercifully doesn’t pull out his camera there. Rather he seems to spend an inordinate amount of time in airports and on planes – just sort of staring out the window, perhaps better mastering his chill. This is the thing that is so likable about the pictures. This reviewer always finds it irksome that most people just want to close the shades and watch old television shows when flying 36000 feet above the Earth! I’m by the open window with Moby — just look at those circular irrigation fields in Northeast Colorado, or take in those big clouds rising up over the Amazon, and what about that sun setting over Sumatra?

Mind you, these don’t make for particularly innovative photographs. One standout in in this show is on the cover of the ‘Destroyed’ picture book (and coincidently on the accompanying ‘Destroyed’ CD.) It shows a long airport-like passageway with a message board that simple says ‘destroyed.’ I think I’ve been there.

Most of the pictures have almost no direct human presence; the exceptions are those Moby apparently has taken just before or just after his stage performances. Here we see a seething, anemone-like crush of people, all waving their arms and, I am sure, making noises. There are four of these, all the same, from 4 different cities.

Another shows a crush of 13 photojournalists and such snapping away at Moby, as he snaps back at them.

This then is the simple message of the show: the contrast between a stadium full of fans and a long look out from a hotel room window at an empty city.

As for the music, I’ll leave that to you. The gallery was playing an old Dylan album when I was there.

Moby
Destroyed


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Thursday, May 12 to
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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