New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Greg Miller
Nashville

Nashville may be known as America’s “Music City” but the Nashville portrayed in Gregg Miller’s new exhibition seemingly has more to do with disharmony than with hit songs. Miller, a native of Nashville who now lives in Connecticut, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and returned to his birthplace to see what had changed there and how he would react to it. The result is a portrait of suburbia that has hints of William Eggleston in some of the images, with one big difference being Miller’s use of an 8x10 view camera. Miller explains that the large format immediately makes his subjects aware of his presence, which usually works to his advantage. It forces him to approach his subjects and direct them so as to get just the shot he wants; it also helps prevent wasting very expensive film.

While some of the photos here look staged, they do communicate the sense of isolation that Miller seems to have felt. In “Duck River,” for example, we see a man and a woman holding fishing rods, each oblivious of the other, distant expressions on their faces. In what is probably the most memorable image of the series, “Hillsboro Pike,” a priest is shown in his church’s parking lot wheeling a suitcase toward the front door, his black car all alone in an empty parking lot, the vibrantly green trees and grass a counterpoint to the starkness of the scene. And there are several other images here that linger with you after you’ve moved on. That says something.

Greg Miller
Nashville


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