David George

Persistence Series (2009)

This series of interior photographs, taken in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hackney during the winter of 2008 examine the relationship a place has with its lapse of purpose over a period of time. Interestingly, even when the place is stripped not only of its function but also of the artefacts that defined that function, it can still persist in reminding the viewer of its now defunct sense of determination and, in this case, partly overwriting it with a new sense of place completely at odds with the buildings original use.

Dissolution Series (2009)

This series of photographs was taken around the edge of the Olympic redevelopment site on Hackney Marshes during the winter and early spring of 2008. The small, platinum prints suggest a frailty to their structure when viewed closely, giving a sense of instability. Their grey, flat tonality creates a chromatically neutral space that is punctuated by single figures of no specific age or gender existing in a plane between an indeterminate foreground and invisible horizon. The figures are caught travelling across this landscape towards undisclosed appointments and tasks, singular inhabitants in a world of myth and melancholy.

The work addresses the relationship between photography, memory and history. Memory is fragile and infinitely corruptible and these photographs, by the nature of their subjectivity and technique, allow this now significant site to be reinvented and remembered in an altered way. Photography has high credibility as evidence of historic fact and possesses the power to validate and reinforce memory, but it is also biased. In twenty years time, when these images are viewed, they may be interpreted as evidence of a concrete past that in fact only ever existed for the photographer.

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