There’s much to like in Michael Carson’s work. Carson designs the clothes his subjects wear (it often seems as though he has a thing for skirts of a certain length and cut). Often the patterns or colors of his backgrounds match those of the clothes, creating a sense of continuity of color and texture, for which he’s been likened to Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.
But it’s something else entirely to see his work in a series, one after the other. Seen this way, the subjects acquire a strange sense of simultaneity — it’s five o’clock somewhere, it’s black jack hour somewhere else, a contemplative girl sits on an armchair in a corner, a confident indoor sunglasses type sits on another. At first, the men and women of Caron’s world seem repetitious (for example, the shorthaired and long-legged girls in fashionable clothes standing or sitting in groups). But the everyday is often repetitious; today strangely like yesterday and the day before, yet still magically transformative.
- Ana Banana Team
photo: Michael Carson (source)