Sunday, 6 January 2013

Derek Henderson, Terrible boredom of paradise


Henderson states; These photographs were taken over a 4 month period in 2004-2005. I was trying to recapture what I saw as a child in the backseat of my parents car when we went on holidays. Even though the car was moving fast the car window seemed to frame, isolate and freeze these moments which have stayed with me more as emotions rather than as images.

His latest body of work resulted from a 13,000 km road trip around New Zealand over four and half months. “I intentionally went to places that you don’t read about or see so much about. Those rural areas where there is a small pocket of urban.I would drive into those towns around 5 o’clock, and there would be a rush hour, for half an hour, and then there wasn’t a single person on the street – in a car, walking down the street, communicating with anyone – they were all inside, living their lives vicariously – through satellite TV, the internet, playstation.It’s a beautiful landscape, but everyone seems to be quite bored. It was a bit of a cathartic journey for me.”










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