on the photographs
I started walking around London and photographing it with my Rolleiflex at first as a shock reaction to the EU referendum result. The freedom, peace and privileges I had enjoyed –and taken for granted – had been gambled away. The London Archive, a kind of a survey and an eulogy to the city that has hosted me for over a decade, grew from these wanderings and photographs.
These images have been taken between the 25th June 2016 and the 31st January 2020, the period between the referendum and the day United Kingdom to left the European Union. The archive consists of over 650 photographs, of which a selection of 90 images is presented here, being divided into South of the Thames, North of the Thames, and Square Mile and around.
The Lockdown Trails were photographed between March and May 2020, during lockdown proper.
on the essays
Photographs shouldn’t be left to speak for themselves, and I hope my essay, Seen from the outside, will provide guidance when it is needed.
The last photograph was originally published on my journal on the last day of January 2020.
The first photograph tells of a summer's night that left its imprint on me.
For the love of Light, a confession or a manifesto of a kind, was written in the months after I graduated from art college.
© Carita Silander