8am Walks is a series I’ve been working on in the background since 2016, when I first moved to Germany and wanted to know more about the neighbourhood I lived in. The core structure of the series - to leave the house at 8am and document a journey by taking photographs - was developed during my time in University in London in an effort to combat creative blocks. My method at the time had been to shoot a roll of 35mm film on route to college everyday and then curate the results in the studio. So, when I moved to a different country a few years later, it was an intuitive way of exploring a new place and studying the landscape.
Three years on, the series has developed into a daily diary of discarded ‘things’ that stand out from the mundane in Berlin. This is what really motivates me at the moment and gives my walks a sense of purpose – the challenge of finding moments of disruption in one form or another.
I see this series as a photographic study of the everyday. It has no further grounding other than that. As such, it has no foreseeable end point or target to reach. 8am Walks is my record of day-to-day ramblings. I have no doubt that the series will continue to evolve alongside Berlin itself.
Vol. 2 is just getting into its stride.
“Deeply influenced by personal encounters and often captured within the frame of a single day, my work borders both documentary and conceptual photography. Series of works are driven by stories and accounts that explore the human experience by connecting person to place, and have either stemmed from observations made along journeys or are otherwise records of journeys in themselves. Pattern, repetition and coincidence structure my approach to ongoing projects.”
UNTITLED (YELLOW IN SHADOW)
This is one of my favourite images of the series so far.
I caught this view while out on one of my morning walks in Berlin at the beginning of the year when the sun was barely coming out from behind the clouds that lurk over the city for months at a time. I was totally in awe of the crisp shadows and lines. I then went back to this site a further three or four times over the course of a week before I was happy with the final image. I spent around five hours each day waiting in the same spot holding a flask of coffee and waiting for the sun to move into the right position.
My work is at an intersection of documentary and conceptual photography, concerned chiefly with highlighting things that stand out from the mundane. I’m drawn towards patterns, repetitions and anything that jars the eye.
Though there is not necessarily a single focus of my work as far as content/theme, a key approach of my practice is to move, observe, document and reflect. All of my series have come as a result of this process of observation and following research. In recent projects (8am Walks 2017-2019, Dresden nach Prag 2018) the series literally describes a journey.
Recent graduate and emerging young artist Jeremy Knowles was born in Hertfordshire, UK, in 1992. Having graduated with a degree in fine art photography from Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London) in 2015, his practice has developed into a playful photographic study of the everyday.
Jeremy’s images draw patterns and humour from the randomness and repetitive non- events that characterize the mundane within our lives – the overlooked and often unnoticed aspects of our existence that make us human. At the core of his approach lies a search for order and formality: whether in architecture, amongst people, or in the bits and pieces he finds while walking the streets of Berlin. By bringing greater prominence and visibility to the accidental, the miraculous and the comical, we are challenged by the artist to reconsider the weight of our daily interactions with things and people, and meditate on what happens when we think nothing is happening.
Jeremy was shortlisted for BLOOOM Award in 2018 and he exhibits regularly between London and Berlin.