Fleeting Views of Ships is a photobook that uses a combination of text and images to explore the London Docklands at night. Text is written by Isabella Martin.
Exhibited in 22/TwentyTwo at the New Gallery London, 2011
“We’re lost again, a site of endless making and unmaking going on around us. Walls and floors change in an endless jigsaw of commerce, construction and daily time, going on, just around the corner. These photographs trace this perpetual life of the London Docklands, where some lights are always on and the rows of cars belie the odd emptiness the places oozes out of its pores. Between the fresh laid bricks and behind new neon signs and electronic doors lie the ghosts of bustling trade, the role of an international port reduced to history books, to glimpses of the water of the Thames flowing quietly past. Viewed always at a remove, through clean glass, past no entry signs, gleaming rails and empty loading bays. Voices, people, the fragments and echoes of conversation lie heavy on the paving stones and quiet streets.Layers of lives, lived experience and old news press up against half full carparks and solitary figures clocking off for the night.
When our day is over, the doors close behind us and we retread familiar paths home, snail trails across this Sceptred isle. Behind us, in a glimpse down an empty corridor, there are fleeting views of ships, passing by in the old night.”
Written by Isabella Martin
FLEETING VIEW OF SHIPS