I happened upon a couple of online portfolios recently: portraits
of people who participated in the Occupy movement of a couple
of years ago. You probably remember that so I won’t explain it

The thing that most struck me (and it might be, probably is, just
me) was how uninterested I was in them.

Funnily enough (I’ve never said I wasn’t “funny”) if these portraits
had been presented with less context (and had been more tightly
edited) I would probably have liked them more. But the fact that
they were so aligned with an actual event (as well as being so
repetitive) was was turned me off.

And that got me thinking about my preferences . . .

I’m quite sure that I’m most drawn, most interested in and most
affected by images that aren’t really about any one defined event
or movement. I guess I like images that are less historical, more

And in conjunction with those thoughts I bumped into an very
interesting article over on BagNews.

They (BagNews) look at how photographs of some of the poorer
parts of Washington, D.C., shot by Susana Raab, are “changed”,
or re-contextualized, with the addition of extended (and pointed)
captions, by Politico, the magazine that featured some of the images,
from Ms Raab’s (pre-existing) series.


It’s not like the captions added by Politico place Ms Raab’s fotos
into specific “events”, but what the captions do do is narrow the
viewer’s ways of reacting to the images by making them more

Specificity is fine sometimes, but complexity, subtle symbolism
and a coherent yet open-ended point of view are enough for me.

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There are 2 copies left of the Special Edition of Back to me., by
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They come with an original, signed and numbered print:

Untitled (Hand) and detail, by Christina Riley

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In 2011 I lost my mind.

Somewhere beneath the world we all know, was mine. With reality
removed, I stepped forward. Into a dream. There was no self, there
was nothing else.

191 photographs followed me back from that time.

In Back to me., lay 30 pictures from then. They may or may not
give you a glimpse into that world. You might feel what I felt, but
mostly you will feel what you feel.

Christina Riley, 2014

Burning Back to me. work prints


And a note by Timothy Archibald . . .

Photography Calling : It’s been a long time since I purchased a book
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Will I in the future?
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How do you know it?
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What do you remember?
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Back to me., by Christina Riley.

Page spread: Back to me., by Christina Riley

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Untitled (Land). One of the two prints available. Back to me., Special Edition

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