Windows & Other Reflections
An essential note about these photographs is that there has been no digital layering, no adding or moving-about of imagery – no tinkering beyond the basic traditional dark-room practices. They are presented here just as the camera and I found them. Wandering about with a camera as companionable doppelganger, particularly in urban areas (and anywhere near water, which is a world in itself), you'll often see strange scenes occur during coincidences of light with natural and man-made things. Glass is a boundary that lets you stand and stare. Doors are confronting (open, closed, decisions have to be made: go in, stay out), but windows are made for light and airy contemplation. Sometimes their glass becomes a membrane where filmy worlds coalesce behind the surface on different planes. The camera acts as a fellow eye-witness to these unexpected moments of synthesis. Printed out later, handled and looked at, the photographs can seem like some kind of tangible plunder brought back from dreams. On certain occasions the camera may also become a cabinet of stumbled-upon curiosities - dusty teacups, hand-lettered signs, the chipped features of shop mannequins, a signature or drawing scratched on glass: ephemeral, undistinguished, human things.