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Photography Exhibition

FGC has opened a new line of business - Figure Ground Photography – led by Rob Farrands. Our first exhibition will take place at 25 Abberbury Road, Iffley, Oxford, OX4 4ET from the 7th - 15th May 2016.

The photographs in this exhibition are taken from the series “River” created between January 2014 and March 2016 walking the banks of the Thames (or Isis) between Wolvercote and Stanford Lock in Oxford. In many of the photographs Rob pays special attention to reflections and shadows in order to suggest hidden aspects and possibilities within each situation. The crystallized stillness of the images invites the viewer to contemplate the inherent strangeness in each situation and become aware of the limits of any given perspective.

One important question behind the photographs is whether photography can re-animate and enrich our contact with the world. Another is whether we can properly care for our environment in general without first making strange again the local environment we have learned to take for granted.

The assumption behind these two questions is that in time our perception becomes habitual - a kind of remembering that forestalls the possibility of fresh contact with the situation. A further assumption is that our ways of thinking bear more than a passing resemblance to our ways of perceiving.

The questions and the underlying assumptions mark out an overall commitment to photography as the continuation of a long running inquiry by other means. This inquiry originated in the conceptual architecture of Gestalt psychology and therapy, especially the concept of ‘contact’. It led to an interest in the philosophy of Gestalt psychology as developed by Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Rob’s article ‘Gestalt Practice: a reading of ‘Gestalt Therapy’ is a written expression of these themes. It will be published in November 2016 in the British Gestalt Journal.

For further information about the exhibition click here