What is immediately around us? What is in view each day? Something we do not always consider is our own lives when we focus heavily on the lives of others. Discovering our current state and our current situation. These are rest bites. These are moments of the parts of our lives that are mostly private, intimate experiences. Recorded in such a way that there is complete freedom to roam around the life of the photographer. Every observation gets recorded. These are moments of hope and expectancy and the parts in between our adult lives. The second adolescence in this case are our pivotal but frivolous years.
The short time we are young is a time where you can make mistakes and develop. These are the organic years your parents would not like to know about. They are your successes and temporary feelings of fulfillment. They are the time you tried to grow a beard and grow your hair long. They are times of reflection. To capture these moments in a sense is a rarity. It is down to the viewer of these moments to take a step back to record, always seeing moments through a lens instead of their eyes.
Ben Gore’s publication covers ground we thought we knew. He offers an insight into his world, but more importantly opens up ideas about how we live our lives. This second adolescence imports us elsewhere, into the mind of someone else. It is the genuine glance of someone who sees you through dough eyes. The small smile as they smile before they raise a camera. It is the moments that then become noticed and eventually accumulated into a series of edits. Seeing the book process from initial pictures to an eventual completed product reveals an organic way of viewing photography. Made by a person with a quiet but polite charm always viewing the world with a curious mind the photographs seem to reveal a learning curve for him. It shows people he has come into close contact with, soaked in the sheets of immediate experience and eventually dedicates a larger period of his life with. For the photographs are casual but plentiful. They record singular moments to work up to a collective roar. Each moment at the time seem separate, accumulated together with a sense of logic.
As day turns to night they take a turn for enthrallment. A phone rings as adrenaline reaches a happy medium. Your feet make your way to another location. The spaces they occupy in day-to-day life turn into theaters of playful performance as the drink swirls in the minds of many involved. The night changes everything. People get closer as the pages progress quicker and quicker and the adrenaline makes positive steps towards a complete cycle. For a moment everyone has reached a high point ready for the slow spiraling of emotional levels to resume normal play. The body calms as people progress to their houses. The night appears to stop for now. And as the morning light rises the antics live through in tidy shuffling of feet to the shops to pick up some pick me ups. Our minds are groggy but rich in experience. For the whole process of living seems to seep into the pages of the publication. We feel liberated as if we have experienced everything they have. The intimate experience opens up a sense of thought. And without pretension the work plays off the reality of life to make a small mockery of our worries. For we live, we experience and decline but the process is astounding. For what might seem unimportant becomes crucial in our general well-being as we enjoy our youth and adolescence. Continuing from where we started off as younger forms our current selves.