Books, books and more books.
There have been many photobooks in my life recently. What a wonderful thing that is! Over the next few posts I am going to share a few recent purchases and kind gifts that have been sent my way, and round up the 2nd PhotoBookFestival in Vienna, Austria I attended a few weeks ago.
First up, is In the Company of an Invisible Man by Harry Rose, who has just graduated from Newport University, South Wales. Harry also does a fair share of writing and general sharing of wonderful photography over at Darwin Magazine. If you’ve not checked them out, I suggest you do. This intimate book is the culmination of the photographers final year project, and holds within it a mediation on loss, memory of place, and of person. Below is an extract from the accompanying essay in the book by Kate Mercer;
“In his body of work, In the Company of an Invisible Man, Harry Rose explores notions of loss, memory and human relationships within landscape photography. Specifically, his work focuses on a particular landscape that has influenced him personally as well as professionally. Having kept his distance from this place for some time, Rose has been drawn back to photograph this landscape, to reflect and find some inner peace. Retracing walks and journeys from countless miles travelled through his youth, Rose guides us through the landscape he photographs giving the audience access to treasures and memories collected along these routes. Through significant objects, rock minerals, childhood photographs, immersing himself back into the environment, Rose explores not individuality but an awareness of self and a search for identity in a key psychological landscape formed from his subjective experiences.”
As a keen observer of graduate work I have come to realise the sheer amount of introspective work being produced. Quite often this overtly personal work can alienate a viewer. In Rose’s work however, I am granted access into the wider focus of the project. Present within is a weighty contemplativeness as Rose’s photographs of wind shaped landscapes, age-old trees uprooted or rock piles reminiscent of an ancient burial site come together to evoke a sense of time and loss, while also, and perhaps most powerfully, represent a psychological journey that is applicable to each of us. The often harsh elemental forces which have carved this landscape mimics our life journey; a marriage of creation, beauty, erosion and loss.