Phil Adams Art Exhibit
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This body of work by German Village resident/street photographer Phil Adams invites the viewer to take a walk through the lesser-known byways of some of the urban neighborhoods of Columbus, primarily in the south end, and focuses its attention around Parsons Avenue between Livingston and Barthman. This area, once bustling and thriving from the now-defunct steel plants, has seen many transformations over the last decade, and continues to evolve as Parsons Avenue experiences a recent surge in development.
Adams invites the viewer to reflect on the beauty of enduring edifices, crumbling corners, and odd ephemera and detritus encountered and usually overlooked on the sidewalks, stoops, and alleys of these neighborhoods. The subject matter is treated in a way similar to that of an anthropologist who analyzes evidence of past societies, speculates purpose, constructs narratives, and asks an abundance of questions. The difference is the interjection of irony, wit and humor which accompanies the observation of the rise and fall of these cultures.
Adams has lived in German Village since 1999, and is also an elementary music teacher in Columbus City Schools. He has a deep love for his neighborhood, the fascinating people he has encountered, and the gift that the many streets and alleys of the Eouth End have given him through a camera lens.