Paradise Lounge Gallery
967-968 Commonwealth Avenue
Through July 20
Three years ago when Josh Michtom took a meandering walk in his neighborhood in Somerville, he saw countless lawn statues of the Holy Mary, Jesus and Joseph nestled in people’s yards. Fascinated by the abundance of these religious icons, he has repeatedly snapped away with his digital camera, amassing a collection of 241 photographs. Twenty-eight of these sacred images are currently presented in “Somerville Madonnas, Photographs of Religious Iconography.”
The photographs are presented with a down-home charm, as one would see flipping through a family photo album; they are precious personal memories preserved. Such was Michtom’s intention; the photos do not strive for the sensitivity and a mythical symbolism that one would expect to see in an Ansel Adams or Robert Mapplethorpe photograph hanging in the permanent collection of major museums.