BEING NOBODY GOING NOWHERE (2010 – 2012)
A BUDDHIST MEDITATION
These images started life as an antidote to the artistic confusion following graduation from my photography degree. Unsure what direction to take and unable to take images, I went back to basics pointing the camera at scenes simply to see what they would look like. A book on Buddhism entitled Being Nobody Going Nowhere , which had sat unread on my shelf for years, whilst never providing a spiritual answer forged the concept for this project.
These photographs, made over a number of years during an unremarkable period in time, are the product of a personal quest to break away from the habits of life and seek satisfaction through the beauty of the everyday.
Time passes in a blur; we are preoccupied by an obsession for the past and with what will be in the future. In our hunt for the significant, the moment is rarely savoured, but what can be learnt if we examine that which is in our peripheral vision?
Modern living can be seen as an ugly pursuit – high rise generic buildings; dirty cluttered streets; roads, wires and pipes dissecting our surroundings. However, amongst these visual challenges a thousand significant moments pass us by each day, lying unnoticed unless we choose to step into the present. The camera can be used to exploit this, to highlight elements of our surroundings, stopping the world for a fraction of a second and turning a fleeting glance into a lingering consideration.
Using my camera to freeze time, re-examine the routine and re-consider everything, Being Nobody Going Nowhere is a celebration of the profound hidden in the mundane. The images that follow illustrate a different way of looking, absorbing the undervalued and seeking out poetry in the overlooked.