Some photographs creep out of the woodwork and collide in ways you never would have imagined. In this case it is a photograph that exudes yellows, pinks and an enthralling sense of green and grey. Along with every element it is hard to escape the London light and the grey sky that naturally forms over the photograph. It is the layer of reality that pops our bubble before we get too high. Now, aesthetic drew me to this picture, and I am very sure I have had the same moment before. Only now am I looking to discuss this feeling.
I was delighted to discover this photograph was not on its own. It does have a sense of belonging amongst other images. For such a strong aesthetic it drenches me into a reality dream world that I just want to hang out in for a bit, take in the wind and look up at the glorious grey sky.
I am a man who loves a good grey sky when we have one.
As trivial as a colour might be, grey, it is the most important element of the photograph and ultimately the series of photographs. It is an individual tale, but one that we can all take a piece of and digest it in the same way. The set of pictures focuses on one person and this is something I usually avoid when looking at work, but there is something astounding about this particular photograph. It creates a gut reaction that makes me stop everything and sit down with the picture. It is a feeling that is rarely conjured up, nor am I inspired to do so. It is a rare quality when a photograph jumps from the screen, nowadays, and imprints itself in your mind. That is the fantastic thing about photographs, surely, that we create moments that you cannot forget, even when you had no right to even see it in the first place.
It is at this point where I realise this lady is partially sighted. After reading the biography and it is interesting to see how the photograph both addresses the issue but celebrates the character. It is not about her fading vision but more a way of encapsulating her persona and general being into one picture. For me, a picture that does all the work of the others. It is the others that add a context, situation and background to celebrate this outstanding photograph. Magic, you could say.
I guess I'm feeling soppy today.