there’s something special behind the work of Fred Muram. at first glance his photographs seem somewhat odd and awkward, but with time and careful consideration they become quite comfortable, even endearing. i suppose it’s the thought behind his imagery that makes his work so special. take this photograph for instance. it’s from a series entitled Kissing the Ceiling. now when i first saw this i thought, “that’s pretty cool… no one has ever taken a picture like that before. i really like the color of the walls, and that bookshelf is pretty slick too.” of course it didn’t stop there, and for the next few months i kept returning to his website to see the series again and again. that’s when i stopped and finally asked myself why? what was it about these frozen moments of familiarity that kept be coming back for more? and that’s when it hit me…

we fill our homes up with a lot of junk. our walls are covered in pictures, our rooms with furniture, even our floors are blanketed over in carpet. and we constantly come in contact with these items and surfaces everyday, yet the ceiling hanging over our heads lives on in absolute anonymity, protecting us all from the evils of the elements while being virtually ignored. sure, sometimes we’ll hang a pretty light, or stick a couple of glow-in-the dark stars up there for fun, but for the most part it’s overlooked and under-appreciated. so to see someone stand-up and struggle to give their ceiling a little kiss is for me, not only an act of genuine intimacy and affection, but a gesture so rare and seemingly deserving that somehow we can all relate to it’s affect. i suppose such an exhibition of emotion could be compared to seeing Maru fit inside all those boxes, or watching Miss Holly Golightly finally letting love in. we are rooting for them with a selfless sense of encouragement, and it is with that enthusiasm and admiration that we ourselves feel rewarded. it is in this regard that these photographs hold their true power and remind us all that every now and again, we get the love we need and truly deserve.

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