I’ve always taken photographs.
My earliest photo album is from when I was around 10 years old. Photos of places we’d been, the pet tortoise and steam trains.
Holiday snaps in black and white taken with a Kodak Instamatic.
I learned to develop black and white film aged around 16 years old.
My parents didn’t consider photography to be a ‘proper job’ so I adapted. I studied cartography. It was close and there was a photography department. Most importantly, it was in London.
I watched European movies alone at the Essential on Wardour Street. I discovered Nicolas Roeg, Luis Buñuel, French cinema.
I worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company; they gave me a follow spot to operate. Something clicked into place there.
Their production of Richard III is where I got my first insight into a possible future.
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“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Why are we told to believe stability is desirable ? History has proved that everything is temporary, that nothing is permanent. The only thing which, time after time, has proved permanent, is, in fact, instability. Why not embrace this instability ? It’s really the only thing we can count on. This series is an ode to instability. There is no black or white, only a multitude of shades of gray. There are no absolutes.