Joel Micah Miller: Monumental - Showing well known sights in a surprising new way
Joel Micah Miller’s “Monumental” shows classic sights and places of the world which we have already seen several times and of which we hadn’t thought they could still surprise us. Or, to put it another way: We wonder how, in the time of the internet’s picture floods, they can still be shown from an angle from which they haven’t already been captured by a smart phone!?
Miller uses a trick here. His photos do not only depend on the monuments they depict, but also on the people who gather there, marvel at them, walk past them, or just linger there. Or so we should think!
With a second look, we realize that these pictures show an everyday phenomenon which we know only too well: People and their multimedia distractions form a symbiosis. We don’t see the 21st century people marvel at the timeless legacies of past generations but we see people becoming tiny monuments themselves in these pictures. Generation Selfie is cancelling out art and also itself and Miller manages to point this out without being judgemental.
In a way, Miller even manages to show what he already hints at in the title. “Monumental” shows tiny monuments and each photo provides monumental food for thought.