Diversions is a series of photographs, digital prints taken from stills of videos filmed in the darkroom. They are about rapid experimentation as well as being idle and distracted. There is a slippage in the mechanics of image capture, as out of sync flash and shutter speeds fail to connect. Human and animal subjects appear out of the place in the architecture and machines of the darkroom.
First published in ‘An Imperfect Choice’ a Photo-soup book, I contributed images from the series and the introduction. Photo-soup is driven by Carlos Saladen Vargas and Gianni Forte and an occasional and permanent group of contributors.
‘This new format – the publication appears to show the beginning of a proposition, rather than an end conclusion, bringing the work together to offer a possibility of interpretation, rather than revealing a pre-defined agenda. This seems brave and more aligned to a process of enquiry, than presentation.
‘No museum is ever going to let me write the press release on the last day of the exhibition.’ ‘Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop.’ Anthony Huberman in dialogue with Anthony Elms
..Individually we have all reacted to the works differently, are pulled by some, pushed by others, but it’s done by email, we’re all in different countries and its too many people, so we can’t all meet and talk and argue it out. In its imperfect fairness the lines on the grid begin our alongsideness, as we come together through our work and figure it out in between the pages.’ Extract from Introduction