Richard from CK Ponderings and I work completely independently on these collaborations. We have been doing this for some time now and in the past there have been strange coincidences where we’ve chosen the same thing to photograph or shots have complemented each other really well. This time…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

R C-K Falling Slowly

Falling Slowly, 2014

I admit to being a little flummoxed by Richard’s theme this time around. It was abstract enough that I could do something with it, but for a while I simply had no idea where to start. Then it struck me. The weather in the UK has been pretty awful this winter – not the biting cold and snows of January-March 2013, but constant, relentless storms and rain that have left many parts of the country under water and thousands of families facing weeks and months of waiting a) for the water to subside and b) for their homes to dry out before they stand any chance of moving back in again. The storms have battered the south and south western coasts for ages now, making daily headlines. Listening to one of these, I was drawn to the West Pier in Brighton. Closed due to safety reasons in the 1970s, its fate was sealed in 2003 when two fires (allegedly caused by ‘professional arsonists’ wanting to avoid competition from a neighbouring pier) demolished what remained of the pavilions. Since then annual storms have slowly but surely worn away at what remains and, piece by piece, the rusting skeleton is being devoured by the waves.

Richard Guest:

Falling Slowly, 2014

For this collaboration, I spent a week constructing a multi-frame photomontage of a street off Kingsway; then, in a fit of pique, I deleted the lot – it seemed too much like style over substance (and the file size was enormous). A couple of days later, I spotted these bananas and somehow, even though they didn’t really fit the theme, they worked much better.

 Oddly, even though they are of vastly different subjects, I think Richard and I have taken shots with very similar meanings…his shot, of course, is beautiful. 

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Richard Guest would also like to recommend you visit the blog Strata of the self. It’s ace!

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