Maximus Chatsky: Mergers and Acquisitions
Maximus Chatsky's photography finds its strength in repetition. As a photographer/illustrator, his images are, if not message-bearing, at least concerned with communication and clarity. As primarily a street photographer, his pictures establish commonalities when presented in series, where they are especially striking. The series pictured here, Mergers and Acquistions, focuses on the relationship between nature and architecture -- one alternately in command of the other, but only just barely. In these images, the ivy seen creeping along walls and around door frames represents an ongoing struggle between the beautiful designed and/or engineered built structure and the wildness of nature--always just on the fringes to start taking over. The ivy, of course, is itself controlled through careful pruning.
Other series examine different themes, such as Construction Kit, which documents various examples of urban alteration. Another, Something strange every day, finds unusual and out-of-place moments that make us question odd incongruities of object-in-place, wonder at the circumstances surrounding an event we'll never attend, or consider how strange some of our design choices are.
See the entire series and more at maximuschatsky.com.