Afternoon Dust

Making time is hard these days

Finally got myself organised and got out of the house in time to see some exhibitions. Guy Tillim’s ‘Second Nature’ at Huis Marseille was an odd experience – his photos of São Paolo and Polynesian islands looked as if they could have been taken pretty much anywhere, which I’m not really sure was intentional. I loved Bertien van Manen’s ‘Let’s sit down before we go’ at FOAM, all intimate, off-the-cuff snapshots of friends in the former USSR, images of people eating or drinking or lounging round the house or running around in the snow. The New York Times show, also at FOAM, was nicely done, but to be honest I can’t look at any more press photos, I just don’t see anything anymore. I liked Gary Peress’ admonition to “Listen, listen, look, look”, though. I wish more photographers would spend more time listening and less time looking.

Here’s an obligatory photograph from yours truly:

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