I have long since forgotten what my original idea was to introduce the gallery of photos (the views through the camera’s viewfinder). Not being able to write lightly I have written many pages of utter rubbish on my notebook about seeing and looking, of the parallel questions of ‘what is art?’ and ‘what is life?’ and the relative meaning of photographs as well as a few lines about the photograph as an empty sign and the camera as a loaded gun. I cannot deny my education but I cannot succumb to its creed either. I am at loss about how to articulate where this leaves me.
In Art School there are a few things one learns never to say about photography, one’s own or someone else’s. One of these things is that ‘the photographs speak for themselves’. There is no such a thing. That is however exactly what I am about to do; let the photographs speak for themselves.
Because I am clearly only repeating myself.
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Preamble to the London Archive Essays
I asked a few friends and members of family to choose a photograph from the London Archive they would like to know more about. As this premise is my own devising, I have taken the artistic liberties necessary in answering this question. Bar a few exceptions, the result is a series of short essays combining a brief outline of historical information, consideration of photography as a medium as well as an account on how I ended up taking each particular photograph.