I WANT THAT

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Our default condition is one of wanting. Often, we foolishly pander to our desire to have by attempting to get a little closer to the people, places and objects that we believe are symbolic of fulfillment, satisfaction, success and happiness. All characteristics of the life we endeavor to live. Dreamy wanderings amongst the opulent surroundings of London’s most luxurious neighbourhoods begin with an uplifting pleasure in the allure of clean white stone against immaculate green privet, gold trim on black glass, impossibly glossy shop window displays and deliciously colourful confectionary. Rapidly the pleasure is tarnished by an awareness of the distance between us and them. We are reminded of the disdain we feel for our current situation as the lure of the beautiful luxuries fuels our hankering for a ‘better’ life. It is all so painfully out of reach. Abrupt self-awareness follows with a sense of shame brought on by the ease in which we have been seduced. Due to the democratic nature of all elements within the frame, the photographic image encourages us to interpret what we consider right before our eyes with autonomy. Rather than being senselessly seduced by the opulence surrounding us, we have the opportunity to scrutinise more closely and perhaps discover something less familiar. These photographs encourage us to consider the absurdity of our appetite for that taste of a better life. I hope that in these photographs of beautiful things, there is another kind of beauty.