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Unravelling the normalcy of everyday scenes is challenging, requiring inspection beyond the obvious. A predilection for simple forms, surface treatments, basic lines and horizons, corners and edges, is often where visual contrast, encroachment, or interventions creates malleable results over time.
Whilst humour helps to humanise and make memorable, finding beauty where none is inherent, reminds us to stop and appreciate the super small ordinaries around us everyday, and help harbour a story-line about the place.
Within the mostly urban context, my minimalist viewpoint aims to reduce the ‘noise’ and focus the attention.
Taking slices between the obvious, isolates a tighter view to find calm and clarity. This dissection locates the forgotten or unimpressive and aims to highlight as a new 'hero' away from the confusion. I call this 'left-of'-field' viewing, the shift beyond the obvious, and it works at finding a new perspective or a subtle change in vantage point. The result of this shift locates what I call the ‘other.’
With the once-hidden now exposed, opportunities arise to delve and decode the details. I prefer slight nuances rather than grand gestures - a shadow which confuses, a reflection which promises, a distressed surface which contrasts, or nature's breakthrough at a crack or crevice.