Monday, February 28, 2011

'States of Grace' (part one) published at Netherworld Magazine

States of Grace (part one) at Netherworld Magazine

I found out this morning that part one of my photo series 'States of Grace' has been published at the excellent photography website 'Netherworld Magazine'. Many thanks to Marcin Klimek for doing a terrific job putting it all together. Please follow the link at the bottom of this post to view this feature (which is best viewed as a full screen slideshow) and see more of Netherworld Magazine.

STATES OF GRACE (Part One)

STATE:

1. the condition of a person or thing, as with respect to circumstances or attributes: a state of health.

2. a particular condition of mind or feeling: to be in an excited state.

3. an abnormally tense, nervous, or perturbed condition: He's been in a state since hearing about his brother's death.

4. a politically unified people occupying a definite territory; nation.

GRACE:

1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.

2. favor or good will.

3. mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace.

4. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.

5. an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied: The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days' grace before the policy lapses.

6. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.

Tight-Rope Walker
Worlds of Fun, KS

Immigration Lawyers Office
Immigration Lawyer's Office

Waffle House, KS
Waffle House

Event
Event

This series of photographs was made during, and also in response to my process of immigration into the United States of America from the UK. It is a personal document – a mosaic of images or even (when viewed with part two) a poem of sorts. The immigration process took approximately one year and it was a difficult and deeply uncertain time for my wife and I. We could not make any solid future plans or put down any roots, just in case. While making this work I often felt like my own anxiety and hope was also a kind of an echo of the anxiety and hope of the nation I had arrived in, which was in the grips of recession and in the middle of an election campaign for a new President.

Follow this link to see both this feature and see more of Netherworld Magazine:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Motels (III) The Most Haunted Places in America

Holbrook, AZ
Holbrook, AZ (Wigwam Motel II)


Motel, KY
Knob Hill, KY


Motel, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe, NM


Motel
Conway, TX


Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR


This is a selection of images from my on-going series about Motels (The Most Haunted Places in America).

When I'm traveling I like staying in cheap motels. There's something about them which captures my imagination. I love the atmosphere, the dated and crumbling decor, the buzzing neon signs, the musty smell of the rooms and the people that use them. I love to listen to the stories of those that work in the office. I love the plastic dusty flower displays, stale coffee, the old TV's and faded pictures hanging on the walls. I love the cracked cement parking lots, the broken coke machines and the Bible in the bedside draw with the broken back.

What I love most of all are the dreams I have in the bumpy uncomfortable beds after a day of driving. Laying in the darkness listening to the trucks thundering past on the road outside I think about all the people who have stayed in the very room I am in. I imagine all the things that could have possibly happened and feel the fleeting ghosts of their presence echo around me. In the darkness I contemplate my own flickering sepia place in it's transitory history.

For me they are the most haunting and haunted places in America.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Overland Park, KS (XII) EMT School

Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS

Overland Park

Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS

Since October last year I have been attending Johnson County Community College’s excellent and also rigorous EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Program with the view to eventually becoming a Paramedic. This is a subject I have been interested in for a while now and it has marked a sharp change in the direction of my career which has always been art based.
Since beginning this course I have found myself making occasional photographs of the equipment used in this training with a mixture of something close to anticipation, excitement and also a little dread. These innocuous human representations have captured my imagination and stand in sterile and sharp contrast to the reality in which I am yet to experience. I find their dark implications difficult to both avoid and sometimes comprehend at this time.
This is a small selection of them and continues my on-going personal project which explores Overland Park, KS. (please see previous blog entries to view more on this project).

Overland Park, KS