Dark Ramp

‘Artist and city both display themselves in hiding. Psychoanalysis had shown the unconscious mind working in a similar fashion; Brassai prowled the dream-time of the city exploring what Walter Benjamin, in 1931, called ‘the optical unconscious’…. In Brassai’s pictures of Paris arcades, the arches lead into a perspectival tunnel. The sense is of being taken deeper and deeper into the city.’                                                                                           – Geoff Dyer: ‘The Ongoing Moment’ 2005

                                          Dark Bays

                                           Dark Space   


‘Eugene Atget often photographed stairs and steps. Like the roads and passageways … they lead us deeper into the picture even as they indicate a way out of and beyond it. … The stairs do not always lead to the light … but they are almost always leading up. …. In Brassai, by contrast, the sense is always of stairs leading down … there is always the sense of a more intimate knowledge of a city being found down the step, of the truth of a place being found in its basements…. in the city beneath the city.’                                                       – Geoff Dyer: ‘The Ongoing Moment’


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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