These photographs are part of my ever-growing collection of what I call ‘Found photographs’. They are of roses in the Greenwich Rose Garden, taken on a late summer evening in 2017 or 2016. I stumbled across them and was compelled to take the photographs. They are decadent snapshots; I was drawn to them, those thorny symbols of love, on that night because they were so beautiful. It was like they had held onto the light a bit longer while everything else was getting darker. The first one especially reminded me of the rose in the west wing in the story of the Beauty and the Beast.
© Carita Silander
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.