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Nich Hance McElroy’s Photographs Show The Beauty In Life’s Simple Moments

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California-based photographer Nich Hance McElroy finds beauty in detail, capturing on film the small joys in life that we may otherwise overlook.

The Canadian-born photographer has an astute eye for aesthetics, documenting American landscapes and quiet moments indoors with feeling. There is a delicacy to these images, which include the vibrant colors of kitchen compost, the glistening reflection of sunshine on a car surface, a mother and child’s silhouettes cast against the crumpled texture of a tarp, and a lone forest tree contorting in the shape of an ‘S’. McElroy’s work has an undertone of melancholia, and serves as a bittersweet reminder of the vast, unbounded nature of the world. It’s a sentiment that brings to mind the poignancy expressed in the first lines of the poet William Blake’s Auguries Of Innocence, which reads as follows: “To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower; hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour”.

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All images © Nich Hance McElroy