Julian Germain

7 Oct

What a nice piece of work. Looking at the work on the homepage of the artist was the only source I found but I fell in love…that might be a little strong said but the clarity and the nearness shown in the pictures are to me striking.
I would like to meet the man and the photographer that made the pictures of normal day activities interesting. Nice in tonal range, composition and interesting in many ways.

Definitely something to look for and go after in my own work.

Looking at further work of Julian is appealing to me and his documentary style works for me. It has a calmness in it but even a nearness, a warmth to the pictures. A welcome difference to so many documentary photographers that only show misery and black and white pictures.


Taken from the homepage:

A series of photographs made over 8 years of the quiet, contemplative existence of Charles Snelling, an elderly man living alone in a small house in Portsmouth, shown alongside pages from Snelling’s own photo albums.

‘I met Charles Albert Lucien Snelling on a Saturday in April, 1992. He lived in a typical two up two down terraced house amongst many other two up two down terraced houses… It was yellow and orange. In that respect it was totally different from every other house on the street…. ….Charlie was a simple, gentle, man. He loved flowers and the names of flowers. He loved colour and surrounded himself with colour. He loved his wife. Without ever trying or intending to, he showed me that the most important things in life cost nothing at all. He was my antidote to modern living.’ Julian Germain, from the book ‘For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’, SteidlMack, 2005

“….‘For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’ is a template model for what critical engagement should try to achieve in our day and age: forget the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ and provide examples of people who operate in a different forcefield. People who are not grasping, not filled with self-importance and not embittered, people with a profound understanding of who they are and what they stand for, something that cuts across all cultures.” Hans Aarsman, from ‘Do we just keep complaining about injustice or do we set an example?’ Published in the book New Commitment, in architecture, art and design. NAI Publishers.


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