Thursday, 19 November 2009

lost my way

thanks to the fine japanese blog omatasei for featuring my work this week...along with maurizio anzeri with whom i recently exhibited in london.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

big sur

The sea seems to yell at me, GO TO YOUR DESIRE AND DON'T HANG AROUND HERE; for after all, the sea must be like God. God isn't asking us to mope and suffer and sit by the sea in the cold of midnight for the sake of writing down useless sounds. He gave us the tools of self-reliance after all to make it straight through bad life mortality to paradise maybe. I hope. .... Kerouac

Sunday, 25 October 2009


coincidentally, this recent pair just seem to belong together.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

axis forum

interesting rant on political correctness -- the richard prince, brooke shields thing-- here.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Friday, 11 September 2009

last night

special thanks to rebecca, charlotte, whitney, mandy, mary, justin, tim, darrall, turbo, etc for making last night such a good evening.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


poignant but also slightly sinister. the unsentimental gaze and surface texture inspires me to shoot and print in a similar way....

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Monday, 10 August 2009

Sunday, 9 August 2009

rojo magazine

ROJO® is an open independent creative consortium founded in 2001, dedicated exclusively to the promotion and support of the contemporary arts. ROJO® global headquarters are in Barcelona, and creative centers in Milano and São Paulo. Amongst other things, ROJO is a world class text-less art magazine, composed entirely of exclusive art contributions and distributed in selected bookstores around the world. I unexpectedly saw my work in ROJO today alongside many other artists and photographers I admire.

Monday, 3 August 2009

mementi, cont'd

"Photography is nothing - it's life that interests me." ~ Cartier-Bresson

Friday, 31 July 2009

Saturday, 25 July 2009

nudity etc

“Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.” Milan Kundera

Sunday, 19 July 2009


expired film. just one roll. natural light. no props or styling. no predetermined 'pose'. the dogme aesthetic. (light meter also failed so exposures were approximate)

Friday, 17 July 2009


“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." Hannah Arendt

Thursday, 16 July 2009

saatchi-hoppen exhibit

10 September with Maurizio Anzeri, Gabriele Beveridge, David Birkin, Hannah Dakin and DY Kim. Curated by Rebecca Wilson. Information here

Tuesday, 14 July 2009


from memory, this was a sad day for both photographer and subject. a typical saturday in the park but with a hushed and heavy conversation going on behind the camera. finally the negatives have deteriorated to a point where the surface reflects the murky atmosphere of that occasion....


same day....

Thursday, 9 July 2009

aura of nostalgia etc

i discarded this picture years ago. the expression seemed distorted and unnatural. i'm still not sure about it but i like the way it has deteriorated over time. scanned as is. no photoshop.

Friday, 3 July 2009

mementi, cont'd

'lieux de mémoire' where memory crystallizes and secretes itself ....

Sunday, 28 June 2009

artinvestor magazine

Thank you artinvestor for featuring my work this month although, for the record, being born in India does not make me an 'Indian artist'. I am American-raised and English.

Friday, 26 June 2009


what is the word? when the ordinary becomes sacred. symbols of people and times we miss. shrines. lockets. security blankets. our need to hold on to something when what we really need isn't there. 'a battle cry to treat this absence'. material objects inscribed with the physical and affective traces of memorial transmission

Sunday, 21 June 2009


“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed". Baudelaire (The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays)

Friday, 19 June 2009

michael hoppen gallery

Michael Hoppen Contemporary is delighted to collaborate with Saatchi Online for an exhibition of work by six artists, hand-picked from the Saatchi Gallery website. Entitled ‘Starting with a Photograph’, the key criterion is that the work must begin with a photographic image- found or made. Beyond that, each piece is unique, sharing only an interest in exploring and expanding the limits of photography.

The exhibition will take place at Michael Hoppen Contemporary, situated close to the new Saatchi headquarters on the King's Road in Chelsea, and will begin on the 10th September.

Friday, 12 June 2009


"There is just this for consolation: an hour here or there, when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined , though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) knows these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult."
The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

do not

"pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will"
(thank you amy for reminding me of this)

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

process of inquiry

Poetry deconstructs and slathers love all over the formal aspects of language and words, and painting does the same. Why wouldn't you put all the elements into play in photography? Pit the chemistry, the paper, the film and the enlarger into a death match where it's not clear who is going to survive. The outcome doesn't matter as much as the process of inquiry; this isn't abstraction it's exploration. The scientific demands of the photographic process necessitate a lot of rule-following. Best not to become too docile in the mind, though. As Carl Sagan says in the Backbone of the Night episode of Cosmos: (sic) too much conventional thinking isn't doing anyone any favor.' Mariah Robertson, 2009

Sunday, 31 May 2009

swan version

alternate -- rougher, damaged -- version of something from before.

"the subject's gaze is always-already inscribed into the perceived object itself, in the guise of its 'blind spot,' that which is 'in the object more than object itself', the point from which the object itself returns the gaze. Sure the picture is in my eye, but I am also in the picture."
From Matt Lau's review of 'The Parallax View' by Slavoj Zizek.