‘waiting’ by Jason Larkin
23 June 2015
A new photobook by the British photographer Jason Larkin, published by Fourthwall Books and Photoworks, focusses on people waiting in Johannesburg.
While living in Johannesburg, British photographer Jason Larkin was struck by the ever-present reality of people waiting.
This state of expectation was, for him, a visual echo of an in-between state that many people in South Africa can find themselves in. Larkin was drawn to those who sought shelter from the harsh summer sun by positioning themselves in the shade. Here the features of individuals are obscured, leaving only the subtlety of posture and the details of place. Omitting any reference to the purpose or outcome of each wait, Larkin simply records, beside each image, the duration of the wait.
Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks says, ‘Having worked with Jason during the 2012 and 2014 Brighton Photo Biennials, we’re delighted to have had the opportunity to contribute to this international collaboration. This project forms part of an important legacy of our work with South African partners during Brighton Photo Biennial 2014.’
As part of the project, the website waiting today shows the photographs alongside a collection of essays, poems and stories on the theme of waiting.
‘Waiting’ opens a wealth of possible readings into contemporary life in South Africa.
Even the most everyday experiences are inflected by larger forces, as Jason Larkin subtly demonstrates with his series ‘Waiting’.
Jason Larkin’s book ‘Waiting’ collects photographs of South Africans waiting in the shade, which reveals a story that goes beyond the superficial.
Jason Larkin (b 1979) is a British photographer, internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage. Jason lived in Johannesburg from 2011 to 2013. He is the author of Cairo Divided, After The Mines, and Tales From The City Of Gold.
This project has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.