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Parting Shot: Franco Vogt 

Franco Vogt's most recent series, "Deliberately Dark," is an exercise in dramatic lighting, featuring 15 images of his fellow Woodstock residents. He views his photographs as a chance to meet his neighbors. During photo shoots, Vogt talks a lot, asks questions, and rambles, striving to break down the contrived atmosphere of the photo shoot. The relaxed, unrehearsed moment after a fake smile melts away becomes a Vogt portrait.

A wide range of lifestyles are explored through Vogt's images, whether it be aspiring child actors, musicians, writers, or everyday people. (Vogt himself is a former rodeo clown.) His blog, The Random Frame, displays select shots of individuals alongside biographical text. These blurbs are embroidered with Vogt's thoughts and opinions, recounting what he experienced during the shoots. His aesthetic is clean, with a direct transmission of emotional intent, focusing right on the subject and blurring the background. Thanks to his knack for helping people ease into their comfort zones, Franco Vogt's relationships with his subjects are written clearly on their faces. Portfolio: Francovogtphotography.com.

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