As Brooks Hatlen, a character in the film Shawshank Redemption said, “The world went and got itself into a big damn hurry.”
And it’s moved on some – the age of anxiety or the age of rage ..it’s called many things but there’s no doubt there’s little time to dally along the way!
It’s a dangerous, angry, 24/7, globalised, corporate ,unjust, homogenised, insecure sort of place!
This throws up a lot of themes, arguments, and stuff to knock against. The things that are curious to me play out against this backdrop. They revolve around time and the slippery nature of permanence, fears and anxieties and advancing uncertainties of modern life and the absurd in the modern world.
It’s a wide territory and has the attention of many photographers and artists but it fascinates me as there really is so much to get your teeth into.
This is an ongoing project.
It will keep going… Well, you’ve got to have an axe to grind!
These pictures use a mixture of stylistic and narrative techniques. Some involve casual observation. Some concentrate on the everyday, the peculiar little dramas that occur as people navigate through their lives and go about their daily business in a fluorescent world. Others are made with the compliance of the protagonists involved, studied, and posed. Some are knocking against a lot of stuff. And some are artifice and create their own logic, a creative and subjective reality.
As Banksy said, “we can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime, we should all go shopping to console ourselves.”