Andrew G Fisher - The Passage of Time

Andrew G Fisher: Forgotten Corners No 1
Andrew G Fisher: Forgotten Corners in ink No 1

The movement of time, taking us from one point, and then the next, seems fateful. It is a process that is both unchangeable and inevitable, one that dominates so many aspects of our lives, but one that is also so often dismissed or disregarded. It is always with us and it is always moving events and processes, so that nothing can ever really remain static or frozen.

However, photography does in a sense, freeze time. It is a tool that has been supremely popular since the day of its invention, and it continues to be used today by both amateur and professional. Artists have always seen the potential of the camera to convey ideas and concepts, to compose and narrate individuals and landscapes, to freeze moments in time, 
Andrew G Fisher: Beside the Seaside No 1
Andrew G Fisher: Beside the Seaside No 4

The artist Andrew G Fisher has found the camera to be the perfect tool in which to document frozen moments in time. Andrew has always been fascinated and intrigued by the passage of time, and has used the camera to capture instants in time, points that have ceased to exist as those instants.

Instants are just that. They are there for a flash, no more, no less. The moment speeds by and the panoply of senses and the framework of the landscape that was brought together for that moment, has gone, never to be repeated in the same order or in the same sense again.

In capturing the fleetingness of moments, of solidifying flashes of the instant, Andrew, through his photography, has given an insight, not into how time can be stopped, or even how time can be registered, but in how time reflects the journey. Whether it is the journey of a place, or a person, or an event, Andrew explores the relationship that all have with time itself.
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Andrew G Fisher: Forgotten Corners in Ink No 7

Time can be both tangible and abstract. It can have a physical effect and it can be thoroughly conceptual, but whatever form it takes, or appears to take, it has a fundamental relationship with all things. Nothing lasts, everything is in a constant flux, everything is moving, going through processes, being born, living, dying. The rhythms and ripples of life cycles are an aspect of time, its passage and its inevitable route.

If you piece together sequences of photos, you produce points of instant that document the ascents and troughs of the passage of time. Photographic sequences can show the slow deterioration of a building or community, but can also show the subsequent regeneration of that same building or community. That that regeneration inevitably leads to subsequent neglect and deterioration, shows that the cycle is never ending. It gives us a fascinating glimpse of the passage of time. One that we rarely see or consciously notice within our self involved lives.
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Andrew G Fisher: Beside the Seaside No 13

The imagery for this article highlights two of Andrew's most important projects, ones that took a number of years to produce. Both Beside the Sea and Forgotten Corners deal with the relationship that forms, collapses, and reforms between people and places, and the constancy, or perhaps relentlessness of time.

Nothing is forever, we all live for a few moments, and then we die. The same is true of our towns and cities, our landscapes, our planet. In the end, as Andrew says, all that remains is time.

More of Andrews work can be found at his main website - andrewgfisher.org
He can also be found and followed on instagram - @andrew.g.fisher

All work illustrating this article was kindly supplied by the artist. Please contact Andrew before sharing. Thanks!
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Andrew G Fisher: Forgotten Corners in Ink No 8

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