Wednesday, 23 March 2011

LostSD..

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I've never been into video games, and up until about 2 months ago I've only ever had a PS1. However after being coerced into some time on fifa whilst stranded during the snowy period, and secretly quite enjoying it, I decided it might be time to get a PS2. So I asked around if anyone had one to shift and got plenty of offers- £10 or £20 was the general consensus but I didn't really want to spend that. Instead I ended up trading an old digi camera with a broken screen for the console, which now sits proudly atop its younger brother.. although after I completed Tony Hawk, rarely gets played with. However that is not the point. The traded camera is currently sitting on the arm of my sofa, and has found its way back to my house after I accidentally brought it home from the Bowl , where its new owner had been using it.

Recently I have been looking at the work of Larry Sultan, who ideas are just as phenomenal as his photos. One set in particular, entitled Evidence, which features a set of carefully selected images found in the photo archives of hundreds of industrial, crime prevention and product research companies, really caught my attention. The idea was to take these photos, which were all shot for a very specific purpose, out of context, providing no caption, source or date for each, and create a thought provoking set of images that encouraged the viewer to create their own narrative.

I decided to remove the card from the re-obtained camera, and have a look at some of my mates bowl shots. As well as the folder that contained the Bowl shots, the camera also had numerous other folders, which appeared to be rather strangely named.. with titles like "Me&muqaddaas posingxxx2010". Well curiosity got the better of me, and after a brief moment of consulting my moral compass, as the mouse hovered over one of these folders, I went for the double click. What I was confronted with was hundreds and hundreds of photos of an Indian family. Mostly typical family photos, lots of adults and children standing next to each other smiling (which ironically ties in with Larry Sultans first set of images; Photos from home). My first reaction was to laugh hysterically, simple at the fact I could think of no logical reason these intimate snaps of a family from the asian sub-continent would be present on my mates SD card. to. So I rang the owner, still in hysterics, to see if he could shed any light.. he couldn't and was as baffled as I was, simply telling me he'd stolen the card of his brother- who is yet to release a comment.
So, In Larry Sultan style, I have decided to publish these photos, and after trawling through them, I've selected the 8 most interesting, and have uploaded them to my site, which, if you followed instructions, you will have already seen. If not, click here.

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