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The Archaeology of Urban Spaces

 

These materialist photographs are the result of collaboration between the camera and the urban landscape. On a practical level, I have collected various articles from the landscape, which I then placed directly inside the camera. Shards of glass, a discarded ribbon, plastic wrappers, local plants, tree sap, a slug; these materials and live creatures have landed on top of the photographic emulsion to leave a trace in the form of an ‘in-camera photogram’. The subject is literally inside the camera as it is re-distributed and projected onto the picture plane of the same location where it was originally found. This ongoing collaboration is an attempt to reclaim control over the camera apparatus by allowing elements of the landscape to more overtly steer the photographic authoring process. What results is a highly unpredictable visual arrangement that falls somewhere between intention and chance.