Canary Wharf Screen: Dryden Goodwin

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Closer is a slightly sinister thing, I think. Dryden Goodwin watches people through a long distance lens that distorts the quality of vision and reduces the perceptive distance between him and these strangers. Using a laser pen, he further “collapses the spatial distance,” literally creating a connection between him and the object of his attention, which is occasionally obscured by the architecture or angle from which he films them. This invasive scrutiny – with all the red dot connotations of a sniper – slowly becomes something more empathetic. The loneliness of these characters is familiar and the Goodwin’s attempt to reach out to them feels more and more like an act of sympathy.

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.