Included in the show are a number of platinum palladium prints, centered upon produce that DeCosse picked up at the Hmong market in Minneapolis, and drawn from his portfolio titled, “The Hmong Market, Minneapolis.” Scallions
(2013), for example, features exactly what its title describes. The elongated, plump scallions in this black-and-white photograph stretch from one end to the other of a rough wooden box, their bright white tips fading into the darker grays of their stems. It is as if he presents this photograph not only as a meditation on the beauty of the scallions’ forms, but also as a celebration of the tonal range of the platinum palladium process. In fact, in both its subject and its making, this print seems to exemplify DeCosse’s attitude towards his medium. “If I could state a basic philosophy about photography,” he has said
, “I would say that I have no statement to make, nothing political, but I only want to make something interesting to look at.”
“Cy DeCosse: Nature in Love” is on view at Gallery 270, Englewood, Nov. 9, 2015 – Jan. 16, 2016.