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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Two: Travel Incongruities > It never moved, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2018
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It never moved, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2018

Still photography and statues share a lot in common. Photographers can stop a subject in time forever. And a statue is, from its inception,remains utterly still forever, as well. When I came upon this scene, I was drawn by the utter stillness of the Dalmation sitting placidly at the base of a small tree. After making this image, I suddenly realized that this dog never would move -- I was looking at a metal statue. The meaning of my picture changed for me at that moment. The folks who placed this lawn ornament in front of their house obviously enjoyed the incongruity it creates when others realize their dog is not real. My image compounds the joke through incongruity, as well.

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