A Few of my Favorite Things: London and Bath

There is great joy in tourist photos. Joy in visitors traipsing around, documenting their presence by clicking a button, creating images that proclaim “I was there.” These sorts of snapshots provide both record and souvenir and are infinitely special to their creators. They are to be posted on Facebook or into a photo book, storing experiences long after they are over. The sites depicted in these images follow a formula: places of note are ferreted out like items in a scavenger hunt.

I’ve never been very good at taking tourist photos. I (rightly or wrongly) feel that major sites have been documented by photographers far more talented than I, so I don’t see what my snapshots could add to the mix. Instead, I tend to photograph smaller, often overlooked elements of locations, as those are the records that feel special to me. Below are a few of my snaps from a recent trip to London and Bath:

 

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Very old graffiti on the Palladian Bridge in Prior Park, Bath.

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The front window of the Chelsea Cake Shop, near Sloane Square.

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A stately looking feline coming out of an Earl’s Court basement apartment.

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A funerary monument in Old Brompton Cemetery.

 

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An old Banksy stencil in Notting Hill.

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Liquorice Allsorts, as commemorated by a Heathrow airport display.

Follow up: Ann Hamilton’s ONEEVERYONE prints

In a previous post on The Art Show 2014, I wrote about Ann Hamilton’s ONEEVERYONE series. For this project, Hamilton photographed fair attendees and printed their images for display in Carl Solway Gallery’s booth:

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I had my picture taken, in part because I got to pose for Ann Hamilton and in part because each sitter would be mailed a print of someone else who participated in the experience. I received my photo last week:

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Because Hamilton photographed subjects standing behind a membrane, many individual details are intentionally out of focus. But those that remain pressed up to the surface–his nose, a lock of hair–are hauntingly present.

Update: I’d love to know whose photo this is. Please share this post with anyone who might help me identify him!