In Miami, Florida, just a few years in the past, Charles H Traub was strolling previous the packed lot of a automobile dealership when he noticed this outsized lemon parked in a vacant spot. “In our vernacular, as I suppose in yours, a lemon is one thing that’s not proper.” What was little doubt a little bit of Vegas-style pop artwork promoting appeared to Traub heavy with metaphoric potential. As he places it mildly: “We’ve got plenty of lemons round.”
Since Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, Traub has been drawn to such incongruent photos. The ensuing sequence, Tickety-Boo (revealed by Damiani), is a visible stream of consciousness that he may solely have shot on his cellphone. “As a result of you possibly can reply anyplace, and all over the place. And you are able to do so with out wanting like a photographer. It frees you from, as we are saying in New York, schlepping plenty of gear. Individuals simply suppose you’re in your cellphone.”
The tight crop performs with the complicated sense of scale offered by the faux fruit. It additionally makes an odd sight odder, by taking it out of context. Pictures typically does this. It faithfully paperwork issues which might be unbelievable, but are actually occurring.
Traub has 50 years of photographing behind him. That’s plenty of observe at tuning in to the world. When out with associates, they’ll typically suppose he’s distracted. “However I’m not,” he says. “I’m wanting.”