We think like a photojournalist (natch): Shoot absolutely everything interesting, from every angle and setting, and from the bigger set you’re sure to get a handful of good shots and one that just nails it, the image that wows people and could speak for the whole shoot. Now imagine this on a grand scale — say, 500 photographers from around the world submitting work to a group of professionals. From those, the top 50 photographers are chosen, and from each a single representative image. Say hello to “Contents: Love, Anxiety, Happiness, and Everything Else.” Among the shots is Sarah Hobbs’ Untitled (perfectionist), which speaks to anyone who’s ever experienced a creative block. A small wooden desk and chair sit in a day-lit room with a hardwood floor and sea-foam green walls. Engulfing the desk — which contains a tall stack of paper and abandoned pen — is a sea of what looks like giant popcorn but is crumpled paper, scaling the walls and obscuring half the window. In stark contrast is Colette Campbell-Jones’ “Left” In, an eerie, high-contrast black-and-white shot that feels like the opening of an Edgar Allan Poe story. A streetlight silently screams in a nighttime setting that includes smokestacks, a barren tree, a shiny wet road, and six people huddled in a covered bus stop. Adding to the bizarre atmosphere, a person approaches, pushing a stroller. Other subjects in the show include explosions, freckled people, prostitutes and children in Brazil, and a senior prom at a school for the blind. The exhibit comes from a program called Critical Mass put on by the nonprofit group Photolucida. Other stops for the exhibit include Seattle and Portland, Ore.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through June 15, 2012