Thursday 18 July – Thursday 26 September 2013
Photographer Robert George captures the world. Working autonomously, his compelling portraits synthesize physicality and cultural turn within an ever-burgeoning series. Robert George’s brand new collection, Athelstan’s Dream, will be on display in The Kestrel Suite at Common from Thursday 18 July.
Robert explains more about his exhibition:
“Walking the streets of London, photographing men and women as they charm me. It is not a new thing, it is five years old; I have done it in places more alluring than our capital. But, I have never done it in our capital. Resisting planning – walking and walking – these prints are only the people I’ve found; those distracted or still enough to let me shoot; he and she uncaring, docile or unbelieving.
Prime significance? Perhaps it is our subtle difference; our pertinent parallels. Athelstan’s Dream is the new component of a life-long series – a collection of unrepeatable images taken all over the world. I have noticed the same things for twenty-seven years: opulence, hunger, desire, repulsion, fear, gall, ignorance and understanding. Now, I have a camera in hand.
When I shoot I find myself hunting for the physical, often discovering it in the old or infirm. But, when collecting the day’s work, it is not the deep wrinkle or missing eye I enjoy, but their conceivable incidents and aftermaths. I can imagine a thousand stories for each mark. Somewhere, they are true. The young and clean can give a beautiful shot, often subtle. Habitually, their moments are yet to come; that wonder they keep is a difficult but heavenly shot.
I enjoy the stories I have to tell: the angry vagabond at Marble Arch, the one-eyed Moroccan pickpocket and a Christmas night quivering toward death on an Oulx mountain. I’d do these places without the camera, looking at every person I can.
I hope we all want to understand. Look to understand; we are redrawn seven billion times.”
Exhibition Launch Night: Thursday 18 July, 6pm – 9pm