Distorted and obscured views of Brighton, taken for the local 2010 photo biennial. Gill found objects on the streets and beaches and placed them inside his camera before shooting. Seaweed, local plant life, a false eyelash, a jelly bear and fishtails – rather than being merely superimposed, their place in the composition occured entirely at random and established both harmony and conflict. This resulted in surreal montages, but at the time of shooting Gill felt he was using his camera as a vacuum cleaner, absorbing everything in the area around Brighton where he took up residence while working on the project. As always, Gill considered the bookmaking process to be a key final stage in the production of this photographic work. Directed by the requirements of the work rather than any external influences or considerations, this resulted in a publication with an individual, unique presence.
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