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Cross Roads Blues by Oli Kellet – The loneliness of modern man

February 23, 2024
Street photography

Recently I bought the wonderful new book Cross Roads Blues by photographer Oli Kellet. When I saw this stunning book on his website I was immediately amazed. A “street photography book” aesthetically wonderful for his colors and minimalism.

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Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023

 

 

Street photography
Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023

Oli Kellet takes photos of people stopped at intersections, usually at sunset (or maybe sunrise?) with a colorful and warm light. They are waiting for the green light at the traffic lights, often in solitude. The point of view is usually from an elevated position; it seems as if the city is uninhabited, like a post-nuclear era and this is, in my opinion, the most interesting aspect.

We can talk for hours about the meaning of this book, for example we can also imagine that these  images are projections of a distant future. Are people waiting, in a metaphorical interpretation, for a sign in their life before moving on (have you ever read Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett?)? Does the book represent the loneliness of modern man in cities?

Street photography
Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023

 

Street photography
Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023
Street photography
Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023
Street photography
Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023

Last interpretation is probably my favorite one and I like to compare this street photography shots with Edward Hopper’s paintings: same solitude, similar cuts of light… What about a parallelism also with De Chirico’s melancholy and light in his scenes set in the late afternoon? Do you think there are similitudes? In my personal opinion the work made by Oli Kellet is near both to Hopper and De Chirico for different aspects (the mood, te solitude, the lights)… But at the end of the day what is really important to me it’s the way this book speak to my soul. Looking at Cross Roads Blues I have mostly negative feelings about human beings and his condition in modern world. I sense the crisis of a model of civilization that has drastically failed his mission, with a blues soundtrack as background music

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography
Giorgio De Chirico

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography
Giorgio De Chirico

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography
Giorgio De Chirico

 

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Edward Hopper

 

street photography hopper
Edward Hopper

 

street photography hopper
Edward Hopper

 

street photography hopper
Edward Hopper

 

Pictures taken by Oli Kellett are full of details but also mininalisms and what we need to appreciate better is a large format print. Fortunately book (one thousand copies) comes in a beautiful coffe table format, great quality print and paper.

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Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023
Street photography
Cross Roads Blues – Oli Kellet,Nazraeli Press, 2023

 

You can buy and watch other wonderful photos of this book here. This is a must have!

I close this blog post obviously with a blues soundtrack.

 

Cross Roads Blues images posted in this article were kindly provided by Oli Kellet himself. You’re not allowed in reproducing them. In this article I wrote only personal thoughts which may differ from personal thinking of the photographer.

 

 

That’s all folks

 

 Stay well, have always light in your life

Best, F.S

 

Check it out my latest posts about street photography here:

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