Photographs - Rory O'Bryen

Boat to Gomera
3 Nov 2018 - 10:00 am to 25 Nov 2018 - 5:00 pm
King's Art Rooms

Rory writes:

"These are photos that I’ve taken over the past few years. They were all taken on 35mm black and white film and developed using the traditional chemical process: in the dark and under water.

They bring together just some of my recurring fixations. One of these is water, both as a subject and as the medium in which the photographic image develops. Water is the matter from which we emerge, but the photograph fixes and arrests its flow, just as it fixes and arrests the unfurling of life itself. It’s what the image forgets, but also what sustains it, seeps into and through its pores. Another fixation is on crossings: literal crossings – over water or in the street, but also figurative crossings: missed encounters in which we cross each other’s paths without seeing, in which we cross one another out; but also fleeting moments in which we unconsciously touch one another in our solitude."

The images were taken in Cambridge, France, Colombia, Spain and the US, but their location is of secondary importance. Rory is a Fellow of King’s College and a University Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies. For more information contact Rory:


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