David Hilliard

Carroll and Sons Gallery

With the two- to five-part photographic panoramas on display here, Boston photographer David Hilliard has once again presented open-ended narratives about desire, time, and mortality. These color works are often autobiographical, depicting fathers and sons or dreamy adolescent boys; others show shirtless models—posed on a bed or amid lush paradisiacal greenery—and betray the intense voyeuristic pleasure of the man behind the lens. The majority are shot in rural outdoor settings—ranging from a lake in western Maine to marshy shorelines an hour from Anchorage, Alaska—and all are staged with such sensitivity that they appear as if the photographer had encountered his subjects by chance. Notably, the individual photographs from each work employ slightly different depths of field and focal points; the resultant tableaux gently upend any unified perspective on the scene, and, in the photographs

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