DUMPSTERS, TRASH and RUBBLE - Elements of Abstraction
The Photographic Arts of Manuel Branco
by Manuel Branco
Dumpsters, Trash and Rubble, is a photographic journey through the underbelly and ubiquitous trash heaps of our culture. Finding aesthetic pleasure in what we commonly see as unsightly. I’m committed to the concept that art surrounds us. The first 15 pages only scratch the surface of this engaging collection of form, texture and color. Each image is a study in the Elements of Abstraction.
“Beauty is now underfoot wherever we take the trouble to look.” - John Cage
The photography in this addition are almost exclusively abstract, but I like street photography as well. I like the cutting edge of everything creative. I'm a student of the classics but admire those who break new ground, artists like Andres Serrano, Thomas Struth, Edward Burtynsky, Cy Twombly and Francis Bacon. I'm a painter and sculptor as well as a photographer but like the immediacy of taking pictures. I take my camera everywhere, always on the prowl for a subject or good shot. It's remarkable how many opportunities we come across almost every day for a great image that can escape even the trained eye. I have doubts about my photography all the time. All images for this publication were shot on film and digitally processing with an EPSON Perfection V750 Pro scanner. I worked as an R&D Laboratory Technician for Polaroid at their now defunct Chemical Operations facility in Waltham MA. I attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University through the early 70's