The path to creativity

The path to creativity – about Megan Taylor Noe

One look at the "Black Sun" by Megan Taylor Noe will change your perspective on photography. The 2014 volume published by Oranbeg Press compiles the best work of the talented Chicago photographer that has amazed the world with her creativity and attention to detail. The path to a perfect representation of everyday things in a morbid fashion has been long and treacherous for Megan, but the results are remarkable and more than worthwhile.

The catalog of morbidity

According to Noe, her passion for macabre had begun in early childhood when she noticed how decaying produce fitted perfectly with a still-living environment. Her vision of the unusual has developed through the years, and this aspect can be seen in the Black Sun.

One of the most representative photos in this regard is depicting a half-rotten yellow apple near two worn out red dices. The simplicity of the picture and the minimal chromic look inspire death and laughter at the same time. The apple is still edible, and the dices can still be rolled to a perfect match. Still, the gravity that transpires from this morbid display gives you the idea that both actions would be useless.

Loss and desire

Megan talked about her obsession with mortality during the public exhibition of her work in the Mute Annotations at Bad News Gallery in Brooklyn. She recalled about her younger years when she was more excited about strolling through a cemetery than down the alleys of a vividly green public park. In her many walks, she discovered that loss and desire go together hand in hand and that the absence of the spirit only leads to a thirst for rejuvenation impossible to quench.

This aspect can be found in many of her photographs. One, in particular, depicts a refrigerating bag from the 1960s with a bright, red peach beside it. The entire display is in black and white and gives you the impression of something that has been long lost through the years. Furthermore, the bag is open, and the three water bottles inside seem to have lost their freshness decades ago. Still, the presence of the peach inspires life and desire for renewal or the feeling that something can still be saved despite the sea of morbidity that surrounds it.

The brightness of garbage

Nothing is glorifying about garbage. You take the trash every day, sometimes recycling it, other times just throwing it in the same bin without even thinking where it ends. For Megan Taylor Noe, garbage can take a different meaning. She can see its presence in our society as the ghosts of the dead walking among us.

The Black Sun catalog contains a surprisingly vivid picture of a trash can on a green lawn. At first glance, the basket seems filled with regular waste: bags, paper, and half-eaten candy bars. However, when you look closely, you can see that it is full of flowers. Somehow, Megan found the beauty of rotten produce and balanced it with a lovely green lawn in a surprisingly creative fashion.