The artist says:
“I am interested in exploring alternative ways to present, interact with, and consume photography as a way to activate and facilitate the dialogue between the artwork and the viewer. “Behind a Little House” is an intimate participatory art project which can only be accessed through the pages of an artist book and chooses to sacrifice dissemination (large-scale web 2.0 approach) to reclaim a physical connection with the audience. I wanted the viewer to start as an outside observer, a spectator, and then suddenly realize that they can participate – the wall mounted photographs lead up to the artist book where everyone is invited to contribute by drawing on the last photograph sheared on each page, giving impromptu co-authors the freedom to shape the direction and the content of the artwork. Text, photographs and drawings provide a framework to the interpretation of the artwork until external contribution starts to add to the dialogue. The project – with its open ended narrative – intends to start a conversation with the public; its nature is purposefully left mutable, open to chance and to change.”
These images are beautiful in their simplicity and ability to show us then, in their entirety, the beauty that a moment can hold. Through the use of dynamic stillness, the subject matter becomes inconsequential and instead focuses entirely on the atmosphere of the piece individually. The use of contrast is beautiful. Manuel has taken the same exact photo 8 times and the only difference is the circumstances of which the photo is taken – primarily weather and time of day differences. But the visual, and indeed psychological/spiritual impact of these changes are immense.