CLOSE ONE’S EYES by Peter Greene
A4, 40 pages, Colour printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, Ed. of 70, 2023
Whilst the zine’s title (a line paraphrased from a line in Bachelard’s renowned work, ‘The Poetics of Space’) may be a clear reference to concerns of the body in space, more widely this work can be regarded as a focus on the core idea of any experience of a space and time as being deeply particular and individual.
Greene aims to capture the tender moments of beauty and quiet that exist in the in-between and frequently overlooked. Whether it is a person leaning over the edge of a bed, their back to us a suggestion of a deeply personal moment or the drama of warm red lights shining through the gaps in condensation of an interior window, these shots transcend the ever present subjectivity of the photographer, to exist formally as observations of quiet, unsuspecting beauty.
Influenced by themes of placelessness, this carefully considered work responds to the unstable connections that exist between people and their environment. Greene’s experimental use of text and approach to language attempts to articulate an understanding of a world filled with uncertainty. For Greene, this sense of placelessness was borne from a social landscape in flux caused by the consequences of a city restricted by pandemic conditions. However, ‘Close One’s Eyes’ is a work that surpasses categorisation as simply a work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; these are atmospheric, timeless photos and a powerful statement of intent from an emerging talent.