Rick Finkelstein’s dioramas are cinematic stills, images of films gone by. They’re not as finished as some diorama artworks you’ll see but they have a charm, are psychologically rich and have a fervent energy, a fizz. Finkelstein was a criminal lawyer in a previous life and he believes his two careers have something in common:
A criminal trial lawyer does two things, he tells stories. And he also frames a case, decides what is included and excluded. He crops the story to only include certain information which does not reveal the whole truth. So too with photographs. They tell a piece of a story and exclude much other information which can only be imagined.
When you’re aware of his preoccupations and his knowledge of the darker side of life you begin to understand the decisions he made when creating these intricate dioramas; a couple meeting under a trio of mismatched Greek columns, a couple being stalked by a man hiding behind a bush, a boy looking furtively at a couple kissing in a car and so on.
Whatever about the craftsmanship of the work they’re delightful pictures and well worth looking at closely. To see what you’re missing, to appreciate the detail.
Via Faith Is Torment
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