Week 4 – Thomas Demand. 15.02.20
The introduction to this book started off well , discussing form, composition, how Demand builds his life size sets. However, I actually found a lot of the photographs boring , surprisingly. Online , the images seem to have a different meaning , or rather, a different kind of presence. Viewing them through technology, these seemingly ordinary scenes come alive and command attention. In a book they seem quite lack lustre , and yes, just ever so slightly boring. There were two exceptions photographically to this, the below images from the book were really intriguing to me, probably because they were the images I most connected to my project visually in the terms of office / working / pedagogical spaces . There was also the most beautiful short story, ‘Heels’ by Laura Franck , which seemed to me (although I am sure it wasn’t) totally unconnected to the photographs. It was full of warm and emotion, and contrasted demands images beautiful. It did make me think more about the possibility of poetry and/or writings in any potential book I make going forward from this project.
Demand, Thomas. 2004. photography. Germany, Schirmer Mosel publishing.