Published on 10 February 2010
For this new commission for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents, curated by Martin Parr, Hackney based photographer Stephen Gill has created Outside In, a series steered and guided by the physical place itself, literally scooping up bits of Brighton and dropping parts of it into his camera.
Gill employs finds such as seaweed, local plant life, a false eyelash, a jelly bear, fish tails, etc discovered on his walks around the city, creating surreal montages. Insects crawl across the film emulsion like creatures caught in amber. The objects introduced to the camera chamber are integral to the photographs then produced, rather than being merely superimposed, their place in the composition occurring entirely at random and establishing both harmony and conflict.