david o'mara

points in between

Walking has always been central to my artistic practice, as has been selectively collecting detritus in the street, be it negatives, photographic prints, pieces of paper, or other artefacts that illustrate how we as city dwellers relate to our tumultuous visual stimuli. Walking has also been a way of utilising that time which would otherwise be artistically unproductive, and means that in the time spent travelling to and from work I can feel that I am contributing to my photographic projects.

 

The motivation for the project Points in-between wasn’t originally well defined. It unfolded almost accidentally, filling a space caused by the sharp decline in domestic film usage. As well as accumulating an array of found items (children’s drawings, shopping lists, etc.), I started using a small 35mm compact camera on my journeys around London. I take photographs in order to compensate for the negatives I could no longer find, and it is a way of giving a purpose to my daily commute.

 

At the end of 2005 I found myself confronted with two collections; one of black and white photographs I had taken during that year, and one of miscellaneous found paper. To put the two together was a logical progression that articulated something of the past year, a process I have continued annually since. The combinations in the most part suggested themselves; similarities or coincidences informed the final configuration.