Feet 102 is an expressive and abstract artwork created by the American photographer Aaron Siskind in 1957. The gelatin silver print features the details of feet, presented in a way that creates a new image with flat surfaces. It is part of Siskind’s larger focus on exploring the intricate patterns and textures found within everyday objects.
As a practitioner closely involved with the abstract expressionist movement, Siskind used photography as a tool to capture images that condense and challenge traditional forms of representation. Through images like Feet 102, he initiated dialogues between form and content while drawing attention to the aesthetics of photographic materials themselves. Feet 102 exemplifies how Siskind achieved these goals through his use of light and shadow to create visual contrasts between positive space (the feet) and negative space (the surrounding background). Its highly textured surfaces give it an almost sculptural quality.