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Photographer Bruce Byers has perfected the art of observation. The world goes on around us, yet rarely do we stop to take notice. Every face has a story, every story is part of a lifetime, and most of it occurs without witness. A child gazes in wonderment, long-lost friends rejoice in meeting once again, an old man sits paused in thought, or there is an amazing juxtaposition of images that vanishes within seconds.
Byers has an innate ability to capture special moments and immerse the viewer in a world of private reflection that most of us would otherwise miss. Unstaged and unstructured, his works of art reflect spontaneous moments of introspection, isolation, joy, serenity, playfulness, and love. His images become hauntingly etched in the mind’s eye — so evocative that they are difficult to forget. Taken from the heart of Bruce Byers representing the true spirit of life in its everyday guise.
Over the past 40 years, Byers has amassed a collection of "life moments" capturing everything from a pigtailed child gazing out the window of a sports car to an unkempt homeless man standing next to a pristine group of navy officers in dress whites. Byers’ images communicate a wide variety of shared human emotions. One can feel the day’s exhaustion as a firefighter watches his rig being backed into the stationhouse or connect with the image of the man asleep on a crowded subway. A warm feeling quickly envelops the viewer as they appreciate the ease and comfort of friendship as two women walk arm-in-arm down a city street, each talking on their own cell phones. And no matter where in the world you roam, these life moments are somehow similar. "I am fascinated by the emotional power of an individual’s private reveries which are typically unobserved by the outside world," notes Byers. And his ability to capture these moments has evolved throughout the years.
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