Photographs & Photobooks by Andrew G. Taylor on display at the Corner Gallery from Wednesday, 6th April to Sunday, 10th April, 2022.
Open daily from 12 noon to 6pm.
Taylor on Taylor re. “The past is a foreign country” , series of nine photo books – “they do things differently there,”
About the series and title:
The photographs in the photo-book series were taken between 1998 and 2004 and each book is organised around a place – or more specifically a place in a foreign country. So quite literally in these photo-essay-stories, the past was a foreign country.
“The past is a foreign country:
The Go-Between (L.P. Hartley, 1953).
I knew the quote was from The Go-Between but have never read the book and so I googled the quote to check I had it correct. (I didn’t – I thought it was ‘The past is another country’). Following the quote, the web offered this coda: ”
How we understand the past and how we come to terms with our own memories, is an unpaid debt that all humans share”. This postscript resonated with me. Is that what I was doing in making this series of photo books? ‘Understanding the past’ and ‘coming to terms with my own memories’? Maybe that is all there was to it.
Was I just sharing my unpaid debt?