- I bought these
people: this Victorian photograph album full of carte
de visite photographs at a local Saturday morning
antiques and collectables auction during 1996. I do
not know anything about the subjects except for the
obvious connection that they were from one family
related by blood and by marriage and if not rich then
they were perhaps of some wealth. Who were they? What
did they do? Where did they live? Did they live happy
lives? Are any of them still alive? Have our paths
crossed before - when will they cross
Who I wondered was
the last owner of this family? And why was one of the
pages empty - the photograph missing! Who was this
black-sheep, this stranger, whose image, presence and
very memory had to be erased from this collection?
What possible sin had they committed against
the tolerance of the crowd?
To this conundrum
the artist adds another. Every space has to be filled,
without question, for the sake of order and neatness.
If the boat is unbalanced it will rock and someone is
pushed overboard to drown.
To create my
appearance of correctness and completeness - I have
introduced an alien presence introduced another
picture into this album to fill in the empty space.
There is one person, one picture, one presence, one
image that does not belong at all. Belongs in fact to
a completely different family album.
Can you decide
which one will be the alien. Is it easy for you to
decide from these pictures of "all my friends now
ghosts..." Or have I papered over the cracks too