Harvey Benge

Harvey Benge is a photographer from New Zealand, his work is described thus.

These images explore the confining and containing structures of the urban environment. City dwellers the world oar lip their lives within these rigidly delineated territories. Directed by signs, lights, warnings, we conform; perhaps in the wistful belief that there is indeed ‘safely in numbers’. To ignore the city’s laws and limits poses a danger that is every bit as real as the dangers of the unpredictable open spaces of the ‘natural’ world. But there are signs of dissent too. Small anarchies for the observant. Unexpected intrusions by the untamed world into this controlled and controllng environment. In this series Benge sets out to question just what is natural. For many urbanites the natural world exists as an increasingy elusive place. No matter where we are the natural world is always somewhere Ask. It Is packaged and sold to us as place of purity, dangers adventure, mystery, solitude. We dream of escaping It. Yet we fall to see the mystery and intrigue in the everyday urban events that surround us.

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I Quite like these for much the same reasons that I like a lot of Egelstons work, they’re grabs that have become a mode of working, and as such they start to build up a flow and a meter of their own as a group, they become a body to mine for meaning, they can be treated as an archive in the archeological sense, which quite appeals to me – Also I’m intrigued by the fact that i took a picture that’s disturbingly like the final (seats) picture a month or two before I saw Benges version, which he’d taken over a decade before – the two pics are very different, but at a funny level they’re almost identical at the same time.

Mine is here; http://secretive-squirrel.blogspot.com/2010/03/more-fujiroids.html

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