P E T E R M I R A G L I A
EIGHT x TEN WORK
Excerpt of review from THE PHOTO REVIEW
…Twenty of Peter Miraglia's 8x10 contact prints were exhibited this past fall in Philadelphia. Traveling through parts of the United States and Canada, Miraglia focused on people and environments. The presence and placement of tree forms, foliage, and open space, and the occasional use of architectural detail as background, immediately influences the reading of the images. He defies some of the usual rules of composition…Is the environment the cause or the effect in the depiction of each person?
"Archival Number 84-59", Montreal.
Another mode of response occurs with the realization that Miraglia is dealing with implied relationships which he has carefully orchestrated. His theme of intimacy versus estrangement emerges, couched in ambiguous, psychological imagery. He is concerned with relationships between couples, pairs of men, pairs of women, between man and child, as well as family units and men alone. A sense of mystery is heightened by the fact that the photographs are untitled and identified by number only.
"Archival Number 82-59", Tucson.
Each photograph in the series commands attention which yields rich rewards in speculation.
Miraglia’s concerns with isolation and human relationships are indicated even as he portrays one person in an environment.
"Archival Number 90-59", San Antonio
With his self-imposed discipline of placing motionless subjects in pre-visualized environments, Peter Miraglia, in a moment of trust, conjures up scenarios and emotions in the viewer’s imagination. In his still lifes with people he celebrates living and being, knowing full well that relationships are not always easy and certainly may not be as they appear.