The past few days have been a bit of a blur, I went to work as per usual on Friday, and then right after I ran off to the airport. A few hours later and I’m back in London. Exhausted, I’d been up since 4:30am EST, I knew I’d have to keep going and stay awake or my sleep pattern would be screwed for the next few days, and I can’t have that. So, I headed off to one of my favourite museums, the V&A.
This time I was drawn to one of it’s new exhibitions, “From Club to Catwalk,” or the fashion from the 1980’s. You may laugh but there was nothing of the power shoulders that you would see if you watch any tv show or movie from that decade, that’s the Hollywood ’80’s, it was a little bit different in real life.
Photography is allowed throughout the museum, with the exception of most of the exhibitions, but the word “no” is a bit of a red flag to me so I had to take some sneaky pics using my iPhone.
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I first got into photography when I was eleven years old, at first I took some silly photo’s usually involving my sister and brother, some holiday snaps, but in amongst them I started to take pictures that were a bit more interesting. Unfortunately, so called grown up life began to interfere with my creative side, the photo’s I did take tended to be of drunken night’s out, not that was a bad thing, I’ve got some interesting and humourous photo’s from some debauched outings. But, my pictures soon became few and far between, and a bit dull. That was until I came across some photo’s by Simon Marsden, and I found a new and strong inspiration, one that continues to today.
It wasn’t until I learned of his death in January 2012, that I realised just how much he had inspired me, I tend not to get too involved with those who I admire, (admiration can lead to worship and that is a one way street to disappointment).
Upon first views of his work, many people assume his intention was to become a ghost hunter, to capture a ghost on film, but they’re wrong, it was to capture the atmosphere of a place, obviously haunted or not. That was something that I had picked up on, and it is what I often try to capture with my own photography, to capture the atmosphere of a place, in another time, or even in another place, and I’ll keep trying until I do.
*note while Simon Marsden rejected digital photography, I embrace it heartedly, although I do keep one foot in film.
“Chair or no chair: a binary relation. But the vicissitudes of moving the body around are infinite. You never know what a person in a chair can do.”
*Garden Tower in Toronto 2013, by Tadashi Kawamata.