James Cant has worked as an editorial and advertising photographer since 1995. His portraits have appeared widely in print as well as being exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers Gallery. In 2009 he completed an MA in Photography at LCC.
This work in progress ‘Past Imperfect’, inspired by a friendship with two Hiroshima bombing survivors, is a series of images including landscapes and portraits that consider how we understand events such as those that began over 66 years ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Belonging takes inspiration from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which Lefley sees as a story about the search for a identity and a place to belong, a home. These images, of an abandoned dolls house, capture a neglected glance into someone’s toy home. Dim artificial lighting produces a nocturnal effect and suggests feelings of estrangement. The bold and over-size wallpaper pattern compound the unsettling experience of this uncanny space. These pictures evoke memories of childhood and suburban gloom. These rooms become potential site for the ‘unhomely’ disruptions that occur in the darkest fairy tales.
Exhibition: Uncertain States 2010 – A Celebration of a Year in Print, 10/11 -19/11/2010
Location: East Gallery, Bricklane, London
Private View: 11/11/2010 7pm-10pm
Uncertain States, a photographic collective with work steeped in nostalgia, memory and obsolescence, commemorates its first major milestone with an exhibition of new works as well as the best of the past year.
Curated by Will Cooper / The Butchers Fridge
Image ‘Falling Bodies (Jack)’ courtesy Annette Habel
Flyer Design by Mikki