Hindsight is 20/20

September 11 affected everyone differently. Some, after experiencing overwhelming loss, found solace in supporting our current political administration and our country’s involvement overseas. Others sought comfort in friends, family, or their community. Still others withdrew completely. Photo journalist Scott McKiernan turned his feelings of sorrow into inspiration: “I walked the streets in a daze and I noticed other people seemed stunned too. I decided to start making images of life and hope.” And really, what images fill you with livelier, more hopeful feelings than those showcasing the human derriere?

None. Mc Kiernan clearly agrees. His newest exhibit “Rear-View” is an assemblage of booty shots. (Wait, it gets better!) While each butt in question belongs to a different owner, they do share some common ground – none of them intended to be ass models in the fight against terrorism. The photos displayed are of unsuspecting subjects going about their daily lives – dancing, bending over, mid-clutch -- completely and blissfully unaware at the time that their asses were, indeed, ready for their close ups. “Rear-View” runs through January 17 at the Palm Beach Photographic Center (55 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach); tickets cost $3. Call 561-276-9797, or visit www.workshop.org.
Thu., Nov. 15, 2007

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