Research Code Key
[E] Explanation [O] Opinion [W] Website [R] Further Research [Q] Quotation [U] Useful [!] Critical
[X] Exhibition [T] Timeline [I] Important [>] Indent
[P] Photograph [B] Book To Read

 

[W] http://www.clarestrand.co.uk/works/?id=101

Gone Astray Details (2002/3)

[U] Gone Astray is a series in two groups, formed of Gone Astray – Portraits and Gone Astray – Details. Both series were the result of a year-long residency for The London University Of The Arts.

[U] The work proposes a series of twinned (and conflicting) themes – the urban and the rural and the real and the artificial.

[U] Each image is styled and staged to assume a documentary context and uses the diagrammatical language of a solitary hand as guide.

[Q] “In the Details, as we contemplate the signs of unseen subterranean forces in the city, there is, again, a consciously hamstaginess, the shallow flash-lit revelations of Weegee and Brassai, forced to comply with the more whimsical priorities of an urban nature trail. Here and elsewhere, there is a sense that Strand is always smiling behind the camera, the sober formal or narratives dialogue between image and audience are forever being thrown into confusion.”

David Chandler, 2009

[W] http://www.clarestrand.co.uk/works/?id=100

Gone Astray Portraits (2002/3)

[U] Gone Astray Portraits borrows from the 19th century street portrait convention of using painted murals as backgrounds to photograph city dwellers.

[U] Each sitter is carefully styled and propped to assume an urban generic type, on close examination each subject shows signs of wear, from ripped tights to bandaged wrists.

[U] The title of the series is taken from a Charles Dickens text, Gone Astray 1853 which is an account of a young child lost in the City of London.

[U] A story filled of references to anxiety and vulnerability and to people leading double lives.

[U] Gone Astray Portraits is housed in the Museum Folkwang Collection.