Malcolm Easton's project Keepsakes of Strangers derives from his visits to estate sales at homes of the recently deceased. He focuses on the humbler possessions left behind. These objects—typically stained, dusty or patched—carry hints of their connections to the everyday lives of their owners. Malcolm selects some of these things to be photographed. Working with natural light in his studio, he finds that illumination can bring new life to items that might otherwise seem outworn. He also explores juxtapositions that allow objects to relate to each other in unexpected ways. These inspirations lead him to create small monuments, temporary memorials to the people who handled these objects and kept them close for many years. Using sunlight reflected by a hand-held mirror, he photographs his subjects in isolation. In so doing he intends the images to have one foot in the world of light and another in the void. His intention is to address themes of loss and transformation.
Malcolm grew up in New York State and has lived in Northern California for half his life. He began photographing landscapes at an early age, using a variety of film cameras. n 2007 he adopted digital photography and turned to photographing "found" objects in the urban environment. Several years later he developed his studio practice, which depends entirely on natural light. Malcolm's work has been selected for numerous exhibits, including group shows at Corden/Potts Gallery, The Triton Museum of Art, The Maryland Federation of Art, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. His still life portfolio Restorations was featured on the LensCulture website, and he is an invited member of the ArtPhotoIndex website.
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