Allan Grainger

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In This Place

These tableaux are of celebrated cultural locations in Europe. Well known places generally have a collective cultural consciousness. People arrive at these places with some idea of what they will find there.

By revisiting these locations over several days and then spending a day or days photographing them I create narratives that are imagined. Time is spent, while standing in one spot, waiting for encounters to unfold, waiting to fictionalize happenstance, remembering past photographs, past stories. The light, the sounds, olfactory scents on the air, all have an impact on the image making. These are psychographical encounters that are realised, not by pacing through an urban landscape but by a quiet meditative stroll that is halted when the spot is found.

Later the tableaux are formed, over many hours, by stitching together selected occurrences during the post-production.