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This Week’s Photo – Things Are Queer – Duane Michals

  • This still life photo, of a typical bathroom – nothing special about it.
    This still life photo, of a typical bathroom – nothing special about it.
  • The addition of a known shape (human leg) provides some scale..
    The addition of a known shape (human leg) provides some scale..
  • …and the information that we need to know that it’s a miniature bathroom..
    …and the information that we need to know that it’s a miniature bathroom..
  • …or a photo of a miniature bathroom.. in a fricking book..
    …or a photo of a miniature bathroom.. in a fricking book..
  • …being read by a shadowy figure in a strange tunnel..
    …being read by a shadowy figure in a strange tunnel..
  • Things are Queer 6
  • …who himself is actually just an image on the wall.
    …who himself is actually just an image on the wall.
  • Now this looks familiar.
    Now this looks familiar.
  • Wait.. wtf.
    Wait.. wtf.
  • TWP 2 - Duane MIchals - Things are Queer

This week’s photo is actually a series of nine photographs shot by Duane Michael in 1973. Each photograph is part of a bigger narrative and all the photographs build upon the previous ones in surprising and unexpected ways.

Robert Motherwell, 20th-century American painter once said that art is an experience, not an object.

Things are Queer by Duane Michals provides the viewer with an experience. There isn’t a lot to write about this image – this one, in my humble opinion, is just about experiencing it.


Big part of learning photography is looking at work from other photographers and allowing it to expand our perspectives and visual vocabularies. This Week’s Photo is a new series in which I’ll be exploring images from other photographers and some discussion around that image. I hope you’ll find this weekly series useful – and if not useful, at least I hope you’ll have fun looking at curated images from amazing photographers

You can view the full series by clicking here.


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