Potentiality / Actuality

The photographic medium is rich with potential and chance, no more so than in analogue form. The ends of the rolls of film exposed to light before they can be exposed to the restrictions of subject or composition make up the pages of this book. The ends of the rolls are the unfertilised eggs; often discarded, but full of potential under precise, nurturing, conditions.

When we look at something that is not really a representation of anything at all, it can be the purest way of seeing as the imagination is responsible for conceiving the eventual image. The sublime in abstract, the lack of true form, provokes the truest form solely through perception. As a photographer, I offer my medium to the viewer without the familiar anticipation of transferring a concept or narrative.

Treated in the same way as the body of the roll of film, and combined with the imagination of the viewer, the potentiality of these sites becomes actuality.

Book Information:

  • Title: Potentiality / Actuality
  • Artist: Lucy Bentham
  • Design: Lucy Bentham
  • Year: 2016
  • Edition: Dummy
  • Size: 10.5 x 13 cm

Website: www.lucybphotography.co.uk