Hysterical realism, also called recherché postmodernism, is a term coined in 2000 by English critic James Wood in an essay on Zadie Smith'sWhite Teeth to describe what he sees as a literary genre typified by a strong contrast between elaborately absurd prose, plotting, or characterization and careful, detailed investigations of real specific social phenomena.
Finished reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Thanks @rjbirkin for the recommendation!
"The Lost and Found"
These images were made as a response to the decline of the area in the city in which I live. I collect rubbish from the street in an attempt to not only turn it into something useful but something beautiful.
The area in which I run my studio has a collection of creative businesses; tattooists, art galleries, recording studios, all working together as a creative community. I wanted to photograph the people that are involved in that creative community using objects found in their locality.
I have always been obsessed by process, how something works, why something works? I enjoy playing with different photographic materials and techniques until I suddenly find myself working on a more specific project.
These portraits were created using plastic bottles found on the street outside my studio. The bottles are flattened, “sensitised” and then loaded into a 5x4 sheet film camera to be used much like conventional photographic negatives.
These “negatives” are then developed and Silver gelatine prints are produced by hand using traditional darkroom techniques.
Farewell Cannes, you mad, wonderful, stupid, awesome place, you. #cannes2014 (at Cannes La Croisette)