20 imagesThese images were taken while on a study trip with a group of twenty nine students and two other colleagues from the University of Derby. We spent a week exploring Florence, its streets, cafes, museums all with a quote from the author and Journalist Ital Calvino's famous book Invisible Cities “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” (Calvino,I. 1972, p.44) Generally I was looking for some kind of order which was for me a motif for the trip and my response to the city. I was looking for ways in which there were elements of uncertainty, of difference, where things were not fully explained even though the formal structure of the composition suggests that they should be.
11 imagesThese images are part of a wider series which takes as its starting point the photographic horizon which becomes a boundary between what is seen and what is inferred. In some instances this may be infinity or some other landscape or activity that the viewer, whose point is fixed, cannot see, making visible the boundary between imagination and the concrete order we often surround ourselves with.
6 imagesThe inspiration for this collection of images was the locks that I found attached to any number of posts and fences not, as one would imagine, to secure something, rather to secure a memory of love. I found other expressions in the day I spent at Cinque Terre national Park on Italy's Western Coast a few hours from Florence by bus. A flower laid at the clifftop, and elderly couple taking a 'selfie', a heart painted amongst the rocks or a youngster recording his love of images and of cats, all expressions of our desire to be visible and to leave our mark, somewhere.
8 imagesSan Salvi is a former Psychiatric Hospital situated on the eastern side of Florence it was officially inaugurated in 1891 and was dedicated to the great physician Vincenzo Chiarugi. We spent a few hours walking around but were unable to gain access to the hospital buildings that were now derelict. Some of them were still in use and others were being restored and used for health administration. The visual approach I took used the structure and geometry as a metaphor for the confinement and offsetting this order with items which alluded to the confusion and isolation felt by those either confined within their own world or within the institution itself. Light for me was the one element that transcended the boundaries of confinement and the flashes I saw in the darkness beyond the window, evidence of a fugitive humanity illuminated in the patina that remains.