‘Untitled Colour Photographs’ highlights the descriptive nature of the photograph by – literally – describing photographic scenes. Each ‘image’ is printed on photographic paper – it is a photograph. But as with any photograph, we only get a part of the story. There is much left unsaid. Each work emphasises the role that the spectator plays in imagining the scene; in fact, the entire image exists only in the mind of the spectator. The meaning of each image is left entirely up to the viewer and how he or she chooses to ‘read between the lines’. The momentous ‘truth’ of the photograph is exposed as a myth, and the image is transformed into pure interpretation, unique to each person viewing it.
Additionally, each photograph is accompanied by a map reference, locating the source of the image in real geographic space. The grid reference – much like the photograph – is simply another form of spatial representation. It describes a location, but at the same time it also acts as a quotation – a reference for the description. In this way, the authorship of these images is brought into doubt; if the geographic grid reference is the quoted ‘author’, what is the role of the photographer?
Ongoing series, printed on photographic paper