City Shadows 1 by Lisa Furness


LF: For me, it’s pretty much all the same thing. These are in-between places, corners of our man-made world that exist quietly, generally overlooked and yet completely integral to our existence. We barely notice them, yet we leave our traces on them. In fact, with toilets this is often done in the more literal sense of writing on the walls. I have an entire collection of pictures of writing on toilet walls that I have never got round to showing. They are the flotsam and jetsam of our lives and offer fragmented insights into private worlds.

SDk: Would you say that a person either has a natural affinity with the subject matter you deal with, or that they just don’t relate to it at all, with very little middle ground?

LF: Some people will instinctively turn away from my work because it has a subject matter not usually considered beautiful. None of us can help but see the world through the frame of our assumptions. I think those with a taste for mystery and contemplation will usually respond more openly to my work, but I hope that anyone who takes the time to thoughtfully engage with it will find some tranquility and tenderness in the images. In an attempt to help this process along I take every opportunity to show my work as a collection of images rather than a single piece as I think their cumulative effect promotes a frame of mind that’s receptive to their message.

Some people will instinctively turn away from my work because it has a subject matter not usually considered beautiful. None of us can help but see the world through the frame of our assumptions.

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