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- DescriptionI have forgotten the language of my fathers and have t yet learned the language of my children. I live in a foreign country, I am an immigrant, I live in a little yellow house by the woods in Oslo with my family. I was born and brought up in a tough industrial town on the south bank of the Tyne, Jarrow, Britain. I call it Home. My Mother and Father are getting on and moving out, cutting me adrift with way back. Combined with an incoming Tory government that seems determined to wreck what they missed in the 80s and I have been forced to think about who I am and where I belong. I am photographing my hometown and the people I kw there, to try and establish how much of where I am from determines who I am. Why I cant let go. What makes Jarrow so special? It has a history going back to Roman times. The Venerable Bede was a Jarra Lad and the Jarrow Hunger March is world famous. None of which makes it special to me. For me its something intangible. Jarrow is a place that exists more in my imagination than in fact, its a collection of stories and I am an unreliable narrator. If photography turns reality into metaphor then I am trying to photograph the metaphors. Hopefully by photographing my home, a place I kw intimately, I can show something we all recognize. As L.P. Hartley said: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. Photography doesn't come easy to me, I fail more than I succeed. Kwledge of my craft is vital: the camera is t a tool but a partner, albeit a reluctant one. I take photographs because I have to confirm that what Im seeing is real. All my work is about Britain, its t about tions of Britishness. I am interested in the Britain that remains rigidly class-bound and how that has warped everything and always has. There is irony in my work, Im a romantic. Irony requires distance, but I want to get as close as possible to my subject. Each essay is a reference point on an imaginary map that Im using to find my way home.
- Author BiographyChris Harrison is a photographer who grew up in Jarrow, England. He now lives in a little yellow house by the woods in Olso, Norway with his family.
- Author(s)Chris Harrison,Val Williams
- PublisherSchilt Publishing b.v.
- Date of Publication22/10/2012
- Place of PublicationAmsterdam
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- ImprintSchilt Publishing b.v.
- Out-of-print date06/12/2016
- Content Note75 colour illustrations
- Weight970 g
- Width280 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine20 mm
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