‘Usually my journey home... by bus... from work, is a mix of elation and tiredness. On good days, I'll make an effort to notice my surroundings... (it was a bit of a shock to discover, now that it's getting lighter in the evenings, that the area near where I work is actually surrounded by these beautiful hills - in addition to a council estate, the motorway and an industrial estate). So. Noticing. I look for these, what I sometimes call, sculptural occurrences. Mostly, small fleeting material occasions where a colour or a form of something almost laughably ordinary, catches my gaze.

I sat in the bus the other day and suddenly, while looking out the window, I saw this white, ring-shaped piece of plastic, about 5 cm in diameter I think or lets say 7, 7 cm in diameter... hung on this thin branch like an odd Christmas ornament, and dozens of other branches formed a dark backdrop for this... thing, making it stand out even more. I really wanted to capture this constellation of objects. Take a picture. I also knew it would mean having to get out of the bus at the next stop and walk back five minutes. It was cold and I was sleep-deprived, so I didn't move. But the image stayed with me. So much so, that I did go back two days later. Of course the white ring was long gone, a good gust of wind must have blown it into the river nearby...

These sorts of moments preoccupy me. They become (photographic) images or intersect with language (when I use them as a writing prompt for example) or they 'just' add another layer to how I think about and perceive (my place in) the environment I'm in…’

Annotative Behaviour (L.P.’s Apartment), 2017 Digital photograph

Annotative Behaviour (L.P.’s Apartment), 2017 Digital photograph

Portable Inertia, 2018, digital photograph

Portable Inertia, 2018, digital photograph

Claire Yspol

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