Yellow Room

Yellow Room

‘Freud describes two orders of the uncanny, one of which proceeds from the residues of archaic and animistic forms of thoughts, the other from repression …. Freud explains how, through the mechanisms of repression, the thing that is considered frightening might not appear so, but it is through the agency of repression it has become so. This explains how the meaning of the words heimlich (homely) or unheimlich can actually enjoy the same meaning, for this class of the uncanny is based around nthing strange or alien, but something which is familiar that has become alienated through the process of repression. … The uncanny is also characterised by a disturbed sense of self. … The uncanny often involves an uncertainty of who one is, and what is being experienced, a disturbing of one’s self, of the borders of the self, what is personal and what is private.’
Emma Dexter: ‘The Interconnectedness of All Things: Between History, Still Life and the Uncanny.’


About barryfalk

I am a self-taught photographer based in West Sussex. I photograph ‘Incidental Spaces’, places tucked away and neglected: edges of car parks, junk-filled garages, loading bays, abandoned spaces, vacant rooms, ransacked offices. These are the overlooked details of a city: architectural features which appear to serve no function. My images seek to capture an aspect of the city which is not willingly acknowledged. These places can be read as metaphors for loss and as such are suffused with a disturbed sense of self, what Freud referred to as the unheimliche: the familiar which has become alienated through the process of repression. However, when re-seen, photographed from a particular angle, in a certain light, these incidental spaces turn out to be resonant with association.
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