In English, Dead Ringer means a person or thing that looks a lot like another, a perfect duplicate. Portland photographer Clayton Cotterell has chosen this term as the title of one of his personal projects.
Cotterell presents us with the state in which he lives, namely Oregon, its landscapes, but also the streets, the lights, the shapes that characterize this place. Desolated scenarios, at sunset, at dawn, in winter or in summer; evidence of the presence of man, a wall, a cd between the tall grass, a hand that caresses the water.
But once he finished shooting, the photographer realized that, without captions and titles, those images could have represented any other place. Dead Ringer is able to ask several questions: what really gives value to an image? His aesthetic, the artistic research behind it or the link between the subject and the viewer? It can heal doubts, like the one that pervades us when we see a photo of places that we think we have already seen. Maybe they only look like something we’ve already seen.