When we announced the winners of the Shepard Fairey Incase sleeves a few weeks back, I didn’t even consider that one of the persons entering could be a photographer. I didn’t even think about that! We had a lot of good entries but one of the winners went to someone who found this somewhat endless wall of Shepard Fairey pieces. The photographer is Kyle Lishok, who I didn’t realize was a photographer until things clicked with a photo Bobby used on The Fox Is Black. As with this morning’s post with Sana Park, this town is too small.
Lishok’s photography is incredibly varied and, like the entry that won him an Incase sleeve, frequently gazes at details. He has an ability to focus his lens on happenings and circumstances that are delicate and unplanned but appear to be absolutely posed. These details are the clouds that appear like a cape around a mountain or a cluster of flowers that look too beautiful to be real. They’re all little things most people would pass by but, to him, are little moments that are isolated in their beauty.
Lishok has tons of other work on his website in various photosets, each of which pause from larger picture items to call attention to details, the markers of a place that make them special. These photos stand as photographic metonymy: they are a single visual thesis statement for an entire place or situation.