Jim Brook

Nothing to see here…

The American road trip has an important place within the history of photography as David Campany outlines in his book ‘The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip’ (Aperture, New York. 2014). The many journeys of photographers traveling America and experiencing life on the road has resulted in iconic bodies of work that have contributed to our visual awareness of ‘American Surfaces’ (as Stephen Shore’s book title clearly articulates). In the series ‘This Way For Fun!’ we are presented with a different perspective and unusual view of some familiar American scenes. Brook’s online American road trip through open access CCTV cameras offers a different insight.

Whilst the images themselves are intriguing, this series also manages to capture something outside of the frame. ‘This Way For Fun!’ is able to represent the state of mind of a nation. The security conscious individuals who set up cameras to keep watch over banal scenes manage to communicate their fear, paranoia and insecurities to the viewer. This series also outlines the many opportunities for voyeurism with new technology. Photography has often been described as a ‘window on the world’, maybe ‘cameras of the world’ would be appropriate to describe the sheer scale of cameras available that Brook was able to utilise, unbeknown to the individuals who installed them.

Please pay attention as you travel through these pages. These seemingly quiet and distant images of an America devoid of people, captured using surveillance technology, may appear banal on the surface but they reveal far more than there is to see here. Enjoy the ride!

By Adrian Davies

Published by Ceremony Press in an edition of 50 with a special edition of 10.

Launched at Village on the 31.1.2020 - 13.1.2020

80 Digitally Produced Positive Slides

This Way For Fun! (80 Digitally Produced Positive Slides) moving image of installation

10x8" Prints (Photo Rag) In Tray Frames

10x8" Prints (Photo Rag) In Tray Frames

100x80cm Velvet Print

Keyring (Edition of 10)

Full Colour Risograph Print (Edition of 5)

Using Format