Photographs by Patrick Hogan.
96 pp., 71 illustrations throughout, 9½x7½".
'Still' is presented as a deeply personal and meditative visual novel.
Shot and produced over two years, it offers an intimate view of the artist's daily encounters and surroundings. This carefully edited, self-reflective work shows a world that existed for the artist at a particular time and in a particular place. Like a collision between the present and the past, the arrangement of photographs in the book encourages contemplation about memory, perception and loss. Images are sometimes repeated and re-appear elsewhere in the book in a cropped, faded or fragmented form. A constant stream of moments overlap and interact with one another, creating a multi-layered intra-relational photographic piece. This is a book about one person's unique vision of the world. But it is a vision that transcends personal experience and succeeds in addressing broader, more expansive themes of love, beauty, fragility, life and death; themes that go beyond the individual and have relevance to everyone.
'Still' is such a hard-won series of opaque images which reveals, superficially, the fragmentation of the self and the ways in which a life can seem to offer coherence of vision and then withdraw it, just as all is about to mean as a whole. But 'Still' is much more than this. It sees people, acquaintances, a lover, landscapes. It refuses to wash the palette of the world with the same colour, for the sake of visual and metaphysical coherence. Instead it perceives moments at which the sense of being is formed through the act of seeing, and it knows and accepts that these moments will appear incoherent, even broken.'
Colin Graham from his essay in 'Still' entitled 'Disappearing Opacity'.
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