The Many Splendored Thing

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Love is strange, particularly if shot by Alec Soth. Recently I’ve been revisiting his book ‘Niagara’, which deals with honeymooning couples in a motel near the famous falls.
What Soth uncovers is something vulnerable, sad and almost desperate. The people in his pictures are young but necessarily in love. It feels more going through the motions of what you’re supposed to do if getting hitched.
The personalities he uncovers from let’s get naked exhibitionists to shy teens posing with their arms around each other, are shot amidst a world of cheesy love symbolism that feels like a parody of the real thing. Who knew love could feel so lonely?

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