[NICK HAYMES] THE LAST SURVIVOR IS THE FIRST SUSPECT
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A collection of works by Nick Haymes, a British photographer based in Los Angeles who presides over "Little Big Man Gallery". It was published in conjunction with the exhibition held from December 2021 to January 2022 at the gallery "These Days" in Los Angeles.
This work is a celebration and a dirge. From 2005 to 2009, the project documented a group of young friends drifting between locations in Southern California and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here, the story blends the joy of documenting developing friendships and bonds with the looming fear that ends in a series of tragedies.
The intimate photographs in this work interweave a series of digital screenshots that serve as clues to the moments captured by the artist, giving the viewer a secondary narrative. Although the filming took place shortly after the spread of social media, the artist was keenly aware of the new nodes of communication between each group of friends. Platforms such as MySpace, YouTube, and online message boards have created new and unmet standards and expectations while allowing people to connect and build solidarity. The ominous premonition that drifts from the various communications of the characters, who have been enthusiastically collected, increases with each page turn. Dotted here and there with valid geotags and home page address references, you'll be able to delve into the subjective truths within the book.
In the introduction written by the author himself, he says that he was able to make up for the extreme shyness that developed in his teens with the camera.
“I found that I could pick up my camera, hide myself, and be close to people without ever having to interact with them again.”
In creating this book, the author returned to these photographs and pieced them together in an attempt to reveal what happened to the people he photographed. It was also for the author himself. The author explores the relationship between this particular historical moment and the present day, suggesting that the two things are equally different and at the same time the same. British author LP Hartley begins his coming-of-age novelThe Go-Betweenwith the words, "Thepast is a foreign country. The people of that country I am living a completely different way of life.” This work expresses this thought with remarkable clarity.
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