The author’s copy of John Berger’s Selected Essays, edited by Geoff Dyer (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)“Reality is not a given: it has to be continually sought out, held — I am tempted to say salvaged,” John Berger writes in his 1983 essay “The Production of the World.” Berger, the art critic and author who…… Continue reading John Berger’s Rare Art Criticism — Hyperallergic
One of Art’s most iconoclastic figures has died this year. John Berger. John Berger wrote the book, ‘Ways of Seeing’ and created a TV show of the same name. Mr. Berger helped bring 20th-century theories of visual culture and art — including the work of Walter Benjamin — to a wider audience. Ways of Seeing was… Continue reading R.I.P John Berger
One of the aspects of photography that captivates me greatly as indeed does so many people, is its capacity to aid memory. This is a contentious issue. With arguments against there being a tsunami of photographs and arguments that think a photograph made is better than a photograph not made, and other where the current sate of the art and technology is at a forefront, and every argument in-between
So for todays serving from my archive I present some images I made on an ongoing and regular basis. For all intents and purpose however this view has now disappeared. You see we are 1/3 of the way though the renovation of our house and these images as unremarkable as they are on the surface hold great significance for me. I even setup a dedicated tumblr for them. The premise was simple. Watch the light sweep across my backyard, which faced north. Make a picture if I felt the light was interesting, pick the most stunning ones and upload them to tumblr.
For all intents and purposes, this idea has run its course, for the time being. Soon I will upload the remaining most interesting images. Perhaps they will become an exhibition or book, either way making a picture facing north from my back doorstep has ceased, or maybe I’ll choose another angle and a different set of parameters to keep the work ticking away?
So things went a bit pear shaped last week/year. Back on track now. I shall post as frequently as I remember too, until I’m back at work later this month.