Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Photography is about disappearance, not appearance

“So much of what photography has to say about appearance, it turns out, is really about disappearance: cultures and places changed beyond recognition, lives long gone, and the old arts of the analogue camera and the darkroom with them.”*

 It feels like just yesterday I took this photograph along North Road in
Epsom with my 35mm film camera now long gone and printed it in
my darkroom now long gone of my son whose childhood is now long
gone, swinging off the fence of a cemetery whose inhabitants are
now– even more – long gone.

*From an article about photography in the London Times by Jeremy Harding: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n15/jeremy-harding/short-cuts

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