You know the feeling of looking at something deeply private to someone else? You’re not allowed to, but you’re doing it anyways while your nerves makes it feel like your stomach is dropping down to your ass.
If you have siblings then you’ll know exactly what i’m talking about. Snooping for diaries, pictures and private notes is part of growing up with brothers and sisters. Photographer Ben Gore‘s new book ‘Goodbye, Blue Monday’ gives you that very same feeling. Like you’re getting a peek at someone else’s intimate but strangely familiar and relatable world.
Having previously worked with the theme of transitioning from youth to adulthood, ‘Goodbye, Blue Monday’ acts as a follow-up and explores the ideas of maturity, mortality and age, although these ideas and concepts are not necessarily part of Gore’s game plan when he shoots.
”The way I approach shooting photos is to always keep a camera close and shoot whatever captures my attention. It’s a search for symbols in the world around me. I don’t really shoot with an idea in mind but themes usually appear during the editing process, which is when I’m working out how I fit all these different pieces together and what they say together as a whole.”
That method of working shines through in the finished product and leaves the book with an overall sense of chance and coincidence only the sharp eye would be able to spot and fully capture. According to Gore, photography allows him to capture and cherish scenes of intimacy, joy, or tragedy, and his books become collections of those moments.
If you’re anywhere near London on the 21st of July, you should make your way to the exhibition at Doomed Gallery (don’t tell me that’s not a perfect gallery-name for this book). If you’re not you can comfort yourself with some e-shopping and pre-order the book instead.