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"Two" is a collection of photographs that represent the interaction of a pair of people in a variety of contexts. As someone who finds watching humans attempt to relate to one another probably one of the most entertaining things in the world, I decided to narrow the focus to the potentially most awkward situation: a couple. Whether it be desperate mating rituals, insincere pleasantries, or honest kinship, when you reduce a group down to two members, both must deal with the situation in a totally different manner. In observing these pairings, you can really see the psychology of each party involved; the way they respond to one another, their comfort level, what they would like the other person to think about them. Some barely acknowledge that they are in the company of another person, while others are fully engaged. Take note of body language, facial expressions, and the context of each image. Also take note not to think of this as a brutal probing into the human psyche in our modern times; these are pictures. Feel free to now smile as though you've just pooped.

Scalawag

About the Author

Wag Scala
Scalawag Ramsey, NJ

Publish Date  December 02, 2009

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  50 pgs   Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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SomeOtherGuy

SomeOtherGuy says

Dear Miss VioletDavies,

Please have my babies.

Warmest Regards,
SomeOtherGuy

posted at 03:05pm Dec 03 PST

VioletDavies

VioletDavies says

I'm still trying to decide if the title "Two" represents the number of copies the author plans to sell, or the number he'll buy to give away (one to his parents, and one to that filthy girl he is crushing on in his high school who never bathes or washes her hair, or his inordinate obsession with bowel movements, which are occasionally referred to as "Number Two."

Either way, the fecal metaphor as apt, both for the subject and quality of the book, which is something you might expect to find on CafePress, along with unimaginative macros of cats or outdated Sega video games.

Before trying to sell his work, Scala should invest some of his parents' money in photography classes to learn proper techniques of achieving interesting, meaningful photographs, rather than simply desaturating them and adding noise.

Also, his use of the Twilight font on the cover seems to reveal his hidden nature: rather than the hardbroiled, gritty photographer he thinks he is, there are more than a few hints of a lonely teenager, whose room likely still contains a treasured baseball or poster from a Japanese cartoon.

Within a year, I'm sure Scala will give up this ludicrous pursuit of an artificial reality through manufactured photographs.

posted at 02:22pm Dec 03 PST

Scalawag

Scalawag says

Alas, all that is left is a bitter, constipated woman 30 years distant from the last shred of fun she ever had, searching for what she recalls in a marijuana fueled haze as "true emotions", yet finds only cynical judgement and a dried out clam.

Thanks for the words-- more naive and pretentious work at WWW.WAGSCALA.COM

posted at 11:40pm Dec 02 PST

VioletDavies

VioletDavies says

As someone who derives no particularly special pleasure from defecating, I found the photos in this series difficult to relate to. We all went through our partying phase in the early '70s, and I certainly took my fair share of snapshots back then, but Scala's attempt at recreating that lost era falls flat. The photographs are neither particularly interesting, nor well composed. Rather than evoke true emotions, the photographs only serve as a pale attempt by a group of obviously spoiled and affluent youngsters to show a hard, gritty life of partying and Bohemia. Instead, the entire work comes across as very foced, false, and above else entirely naive and pretentious.

I suspect the subjects of the photos are Scala's audience, and his only buyers will come from that same pool. If you're not photographed in this book, don't waste your money.

posted at 11:27pm Dec 02 PST

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