‘BBNK’ is a collaboration between four London based photographers responding to the everyday. With the overall purpose of compelling their audience to re-assess the way in which they view the commonplace, pushing the boundaries of art by using a sense of realism to merge art with the everyday.
Photography has been used in many different ways. We use photographs as memories to record the lives of ourselves and others, we use the cameras objective eye to document the world as it is, we use photographs as objects to hold and display, and as contemporary art objects to be displayed upon gallery walls. Since its announcement in 1839, photography has always been associated with representations of the real.
Exploring the theme of ‘Discovery’, each artist has produced a site-specific body of work, responding to particular spaces and discovering the potential of art within them, essentially exposing an alternative way of looking at and interacting with the everyday. Each body of work is representative of something already in existence, its potential as art stunted by its inability to be noticed or brought to the attention of others previously. Exploring the visual language of photography, each body of work attempts to shift perceptions of the everyday.
Through photography, the commonplace matter is given a visual charge and imaginative possibility beyond its everyday function. Luscious and sensual treatment, shifts in scale of typical environments, simple juxtapositions and relationships between shapes and forms are employed within the work of this collaboration, cultivating the visual curiosity of the viewer by subtly and imaginatively encouraging them to contemplate the stuff of the world surrounding them in their daily lives in unfamiliar ways.