Martin Buday submitted to the call for entry with his amazing body of work, Stay Golden. We fell in love with the series as a stand out submission from the call. Check out Martin’s work and be sure to visit his website for more!
Martin Buday is a photographer living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives with his beautiful wife, 1 year old son and a cat named Wyatt.
Stay Golden suggests ideas of the uncertainties and vulnerabilities of existing in the world through the direct and curious observation of our everyday environment. The series of photographs draws its name from some graffiti I came across misquoting the novel, The Outsiders, which in turn references Robert Frost. These images loosely depict everyday struggle and the desire to remain “golden”, innocent and pure in a world of insecurities.
The series is an on-going photographic survey of everyday Americana: over-looked places, objects, buildings, vehicles, and signage. They are mostly vacant, emptied spaces, void of people but reeking of human presence. I am fascinated by the decisions people make and why they make them. I love dry humor, playful relationships, and quirky coincidences.
Photography describes more than can be explained. It forces attention, the need to look and look again. I want to be rewarded with surprise and a re-charged awareness of my surroundings, enjoying the subtle mysteries and metaphors found in the commonplace.
To view more of Martin’s work please visit his website.