A sense of place

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Monte Carlo... (c) John Callaway (2009)

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New York... (c) John Callaway (2009)

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Las Vegas...(c) John Callaway (2009)

In an earlier post, I made reference to Martha Rosler’s work, “The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems” (1974-5)

An overview of this work on the website of the New Museum, New York, highlights the “evidence of absence” in Rosler’s work.

On a recent trip to Southend on Sea, I was struck by the fact that many of the amusement arcades carried names with appeared to promise something much more ‘exotic’ than the reality. In the photographs shown here, converted to black and white, the  ‘evidence of absence’  seems further amplified by the fact that they were taken during the close season, without the presence of holiday makers….

Footnote to the residents of Southend. This isn’t an attempt to portray the place as an Essex version of the Bowery. It’s just that I arrived here at the end of my abortive trip to photograph the A13…

In truth this kind of image is available in every out of season holiday resort, including Southsea, the seaside part of the city that I live in.

So just to redress the balance, a couple of shots of Southsea out of season.

 

 

 

South Parade Pier, Southsea. (c) John Callaway (2008)

South Parade Pier, Southsea. (c) John Callaway (2008)

Leisure World...(c) John Callaway (2008)

Leisure World...(c) John Callaway (2008)

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