This is the first time I have preordered a book. I have been a fan of Trent Parke for some time, but have neither seen his work at an exhibition, nor in book form. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this modestly priced book – after all, Minutes To Midnight is modestly priced at £20. At such a price one tends to get either a large(ish) book with relatively poor quality or a smaller book with better quality. Thankfully, it turned out to be the latter.
Trent Parke is a Magnum photographer, but he’s…. different. Although he shoots in (grainy) B&W, his work has taken a more modern twist. There’s a darkness to it, which I can relate to, but he does not seek out the macabre as some (gratuitously) do. He just looks at the world differently and his ‘documentary’ work (if we can loosely call it that) is quite distinctive. His subject matter is simple. It seems to be ‘found’. And his camera is simply a witness to the playfulness of his senses and the meanderings of his mind. I love the free-spiritedness. It’s just my kind of dark fantasy, borne of a slanted take on reality. The man has to be a dreamer. [Continue reading]