Claremont Street

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Critical Report

 Claremont street .


Here we have a series of wetplate images where the author rowe has a central thesis where he is asking the viewer to contemplate anachronism

1 A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned

2 The action of attributing something to a period to which it does not belong:

and recurrence .

Historic recurrence, the repetition of similar events in history

Rowe has taken a series of images of modern day subjects set against an object which is a remnant from the past ( as an icon of time ? ) . They are combined and brought to the future , our present , via means of the wetplate medium .

This meaning I gleaned by virtue of , and concluded through the subjects in these portraits , the way they are dressed , their attitudes and the objects that accompany them does not match the importantly significant timeworn survivor that is recurring and concurrent  in each image . The old lamp accompanied by the medium gives a quality and aura of strangeness or is that just the familiarity/defamiliarity of wetplate ? Although quite vague at first it does “ In time “ give me insight into a contrast between two different eras . This is provided by the juxtapositions of time through the medium and the recurring focal point of the modern people against this vintage lampost that has survived from a past to this present , within the areas geographically relevant history .

Rowe attempts to use logic and reason in a manner , that once deduced he hopes may sway opinions . By bringing to our attention the need for change and a progression towards it by instilling emotions of anger about the said societal direction . I think the concept is great but something is lacking in its effort to clearly highlight his true intention of ideas regarding class and social failings in a democratic state , one that keeps the cogs turning , but only in favour of the socially elite with a repetitive price to be paid by the seventh class , or in our times summed up by the precariat , for the craving of a personally deemed fairer system .

He is attempting to portray his images as a metaphor to societys myth of its promise that everyone is rewarded fairly , equally and just , for their hard work . The carrot on a stick so to say . But it isn’t a promise that bears fruit it is always just a promise that keeps this system oiled and the fat cats fed and watered . So I feel that the author should include hints at a solution for the said predicaments in his work alongside his main creative artistic thesis . To stimulate change one needs to aggravate a cultures emotions regarding the authors proposition .

Whilst throughout history other things have seemed to evolve such as technology and structuralistic advancement . But only whilst supported by the basic premise of an administrated underclass doing most if not all the work in an everlasting circle of controlled manipulation , doomed to be repeated over and over again to support this evolution . Why and how would a different system work ? I would like to visualize this .

The author must feel the need to argue for these changes because his impression of society and the current system is that it feels broken … and he wants to fix it . With an instinct to help others… or maybe even himself having been let down and hindered by the organisation in control of his group and its dominating ideologys .

We have come to where we are and have already set aside these social systems in favour of the ones we have in play today . Im not saying that there isn’t a better way as there will be a million better ways but they might not necessarily make things better . But for people to yearn change shows a flaw in a structures identity , its character a rebel , or a desire to lead people into something better or even a hungry eagerness to change ourselves manifesting itself in a form of human salvation .

The almighty task of changing the very fabric of our societys existence may seem quixotic but our history is all to frequently scattered with revolution , so what better place to start than with a work of art .

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