Met with Richard again this week and we had a swap of images and cards. This week, apart from the switch, we had a short meeting after Echoes to discuss the archive and I now have some more background information on the archive; how, for example, several boxes of prints were taken – though the negatives still exist. How Richard was in the department of Oriental Studies at Durham until his retirement, and that I feel he has a lot more information that he might feel relevant to me and the archive, but has not thought to impart it as yet. I am intrigued about the missing images and some of the images that seen to have provided the photographer a privileged position.
Anyway this week’s selection has some echoes within some of the discussions within the college campus (if such a term is appropriate).
presented as they appeared to me from this week’s batch:
Something Khan. Two things to remark on here: Firstly the very obvious military pose, shoulder harnesses of ammunition, the rifle held by a man who looks as if it isn’t exactly the first time he has held a rifle. And very smart shoes. Smart shoes in the Middle East suggest a position in life’s hierarchy.
Two with rifles, in the same place and I would venture to suggest, the same time – give or take a 1/125th second. Now I think perhaps a hunting party – though hunting for game, not hunting as a game as in war.
And then this, stripped or their paraphernalia, sitting and regarding some documents. And nothing to suggest either hunters or militia.
Then this venerable old lady, I wondered about the affectation on the framing?
Surely a Grandmother shot, stiff and upright as per the previous hot, and not really any sense of softness with the child in her arms?
Am mother – with that expression , no doubt.
And then these two child shots. I thought about the recent discussion in the WeAreOCA blog about pain, these shots seem to have an essence of Arbus about them; slightly awkward