out walking 보름 i stumbled on an abandoned school near to me. as you will see from the photos, a lot has been left there, as if one day the pupils & teachers just vanished, leaving the school to the clemency of time. i wanted to convey recollection, nostalgia & i think i have managed to at least tackle that a little with the juxtaposition of interior / exterior & the texture of the photos. you can’t really escape memory as concept in such a place, though my thoughts weren’t of my own school life, but rather the hive of activity that would have filled this school, you can maybe hear too if you listen hard enough.
i find myself getting more fixated on photography these days. i watch documentaries, rummage through blogs, journals, even in a waiting room, cafe, restaurant i thumb through mags at composition & framing; look with lenses at the world happening, thinking in photos. i am a perfect amateur, but i think i have been nipped by the bug of photo.
i want to draw people’s attention to a pal of mine who is not an amateur: Argus Paul. i have followed his progress some years now, at first without an eye or even any respect for the method of photographing, then i started to see & thought Paul’s work very good. however, Paul recently took a trip to Bangkok where he did a workshop with david alan harvey & the photos from that trip astonished me.
thai news has been saturated in grief of late owing to their beloved king dying. Paul captures the subjective & objective perceptions with a series of photographs at once human, jarring, personal, emotional, make use of a range of compositional methods that accrete dimension, of people’s identity, memory, social status, grief & much more i am sure repeated study of the images will draw out of anyone who gives them the attention they deserve. they have something of the gritty in your face style of William Klein, a brutal honesty & devotion to subject but also a manipulative element that bends the viewer into feeling the environment.
Paul’s Facebook , Instagram & website where you can find his series on wrestlers, cosplay & an intimate portrait of parents & loved ones grieving for their children who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, a very moving collection. i am not going to post a ream of photos here, you really must go & see for yourself, you won’t regret time spent with them.
(the featured image is from Paul’s Reflections Inside the Seoul Metro & my favorite photo from that series Bupyeong-gu Office To Onsu).