Maybe not scientific as the psychology studies are, photographing individuals is most definitely a form of study of human behavior. Whether it is posted photography, completely casual or causality set in scene. And if someone should know about this it is probably Troy Phillips. Afterall, Troy studied not only psychology, he is also an acclaimed photographer. Troy is an Oklahoma native with a background in counseling psychology and design, who also found passion in photography at very early age. That passion only grew while living abroad in Japan where his studies took him, and later on when he returned to the USA and settled in New York in the early 1990’s. Eventually Troy debuted his professional photography career in 2005 with a fine- art portrait exhibition in New York City at the prestigious National Arts Club. Additional exhibitions continued in Osaka, Tokyo, Toronto, Manhattan & Brooklyn. When it comes to ‘studying’ human behaviour with a camera, Troy Phillips could not have made a better set than his Wish You Were Here.
We have all been there. Those moments of longing and waiting in which times seems to pass at slower pace than normal. Those moments of regret after a fight and knowing how silly it all is when what it really comes down to is loving each other and the need to be together. Of belonging. Troy Phillips perfectly sketched us a situation like that in his series Wish You Were Here. “In my mind, it's a guy waiting patiently or impatiently for his BF or even GF - as he's rather ambiguous to his sexuality, something I find attractive - to return from military service or just after a big fight that he regrets and is anticipating the return of his love one,” Troy explains about this work. Wish You Were Here has certainly a sense of reality though coated with a dreamlike palette of colors and light that almost reminds of painting from old Dutch masters, such as Rembrandt. There are real emotions in these portraits of a young man trying to find his way while he impatiently waits for his lover to return to him, not knowing what that near future will bring. And the feeling that this is such a recognizable scene, makes it even closer to heart. –BM-
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