17th November - 22nd December 2008
The photographer Henri Cartier Bresson said there is a moment in time when everything is in perfect visual harmony.
Containment shows us the photographer anticipating and composing that moment. Sometimes it is captured in an instant, a fixed image which holds us within its scope, and at others the harmony emerges slowly, the camera waiting for the right configuration of light and subject. Containment explores the parameters of the photographers gaze, what is held within it and suggested beyond. Some images focus within the borders, whilst others extend beyond its boundaries.
These images are contained within themselves, contradictions of safety and imprisonment, ritual and abandonment. Here we see sky held within a sculpture, lives defined through spaces and homes, identity contained through work. Each image has its own particular narrative, it is the theme which provides connections between the works and suggests an insight into the photographers vision of the world.