December in Black and White

The title is not exactly true. This series was shot all through November, December and January. I worked in black and white because I think that, whereas a colour photograph is often real and immersive, a monochrome frame brings out a distinct otherness. It’s still real, but it is more honest that it is a representation of the real. You can be drawn in, but never get too close, as though a sheen has been drawn across reality.  December represents the end of the year, but also the end of a lot of other things that are important to me. I see it as perfect that I decided long before, unaware, to use this format. December was some kind of full stop, or maybe an ellipsis.

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St Nicholas Market, Bristol (F) Ilford XP2
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Bath Spa University, Newton Park (F) Ilford XP2

 

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Climbing stairs, with Joseph – Bath Spa University, Newton Park (F) Ilford HP5+
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Bath Spa University, Newton Park (F) Ilford XP2
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Terrace Walk, Bath (F) Ilford HP5+
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Cocoa and magazines – Cafe W, Bath (F) Ilford XP2
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Kingsmead Square, Bath (F) Ilford XP2
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