P.F.White

Re. As they come/As they go

Photographs, when they are taken, usually have a specific job to do, so they have meanings. It takes a long time for intentions to dissipate and for images to be capable having a life of their own.

In 1975 a camera, on a tripod and with a telephoto lens attached, was pointed through an open window on the first floor of 66a St John’s Street in the English city of Winchester. It captured images of people as they rounded the corner, past a fence that held in a thicket of buddleia. It appears that the shutter was fired as they crossed a plane that extends from the fence panel diagonally into the left side of the picture. There is nothing before or after the moment they cross this line. It is the converse of the mirror in Jean Cocteau’s film Orphée that both gods and mortals step through to travel backwards and forwards between life and death.

Photography is a structurally liminal medium and physical and temporal thresholds are always potent. These may be seen as portraits of people on the street, but the point at which their appearance becomes image, and floats its analogue into a future which is not theirs, is decided only by the crossing of a line.

Across the plane of existence
As They Come/As They Go (detail).
2011, from images made 1975.

Across the plane of existence
As They Come/As They Go (detail).
2011, from images made 1975.

Across the plane of existence
As They Come/As They Go (detail).
2011, from images made 1975.

Across the plane of existence
As They Come/As They Go (detail).
2011, from images made 1975.

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...These interim/provisional pages show sample images and texts selected from seven collections of the work of the photographer P.F.WHITE (Peter Frankland White). ACTIVE: 196Os to the present. LOCATION: Europe (United Kingdom). SUBJECTS: vision, perception, location, time(s), class, power, rhilopia. STYLE: exploratory, aggregative, aleatory, attentive, punctum averse.[Top]

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