An act of observation alters that which is being observed. Because of this unalterable fact, every photograph changes the world, even if it does so in a slight and subtle way.

In my photography, I eschew gimmickry and the digitally created candy coating that aims to make every twenty-first century image a confection that has to be consumed and rapidly replaced with something sweeter.

I’m not so naive to suggest that even in a post-modern world, every photograph truly has to “mean something,” but I hope to make images reflecting an aesthetic that cleaves the moment of observation in two.

— Chad Gayle