“Making the most of what’s right in front of you”: “Threesomes” by Maureen Minehan at Multiple Exposures Gallery

“Live where you are.” Maureen Minehan lets that practical mantra guide her photography—yet visitors to “Threesomes,” her new show at Multiple Exposures Gallery, are certain to notice a dreamlike quality to her work, with lone subjects set off in the distance or lines that guide the viewer’s eye toward space.

“I’m drawn to images that include elements of isolation, solitude, or quiet,” Minehan says, adding that with two children in elementary school and a job as a professional writer, she often finds those elusive qualities only through her art.

“When I’m behind the camera, it’s one of the few moments in my life when I’m fully present and completely engaged with what is right in front of me,” she explains. “I often wonder if my focus on quietude in my images is a subconscious counterpoint to the noise and busyness of the rest of life.”

With her new show, which features photographs taken in the past year, Minehan encourages us to be as engaged and focused in viewing an image as she was in creating it. All of the photographs are presented in groups of three, which raises interesting questions: Do the images strengthen each other? Would separating them diminish them in some way? Is their sum greater than their parts? Does a specific theme or image unite them, or does the viewer bring them together through reaction and interpretation?

Discovering new ways to see the world is an important aspect of Minehan’s process. On January 1, 2013, she resolved to take at least one photo every day and post it online regardless of whether she was happy with it, a 500-image project she calls “a tremendous creative boost and an exercise in humility.” She now shoots anywhere she can, whether she’s in a pedal boat at the Tidal Basin with her daughter or leaning out of the window of her car, but all of her work echoes the recurring theme of “Threesomes”: Look for the angles you haven’t yet seen.

“In an era where everyone is always overscheduled, living a full creative life often means making the most of what’s right in front of you, finding inspiration wherever you happen to be,” Minehan says. “My biggest reward as a photographer comes when someone says my work encourages them to look for this kind of beauty in their own lives.”

See “Threesomes: New Works by Maureen Minehan” through June 22, 2014, at Multiple Exposures Gallery on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory, with an artist reception on Sunday, June 1, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. See more of Minehan’s work at www.maureenminehan.com, and follow her photography on Facebook.

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