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Photograph - Five People Thinking the Same Thing I

Five People Thinking the Same Thing I

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    UK (photographed)

  • Date:

    1998 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kearney, Frances (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type prints

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Frances Kearney

  • Museum number:

    E.646-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Frances Kearney was born in Norfolk in 1970 and graduated from the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art in 1998.

Kearney’s work is concerned with the passing of time and with how one copes with that awareness. Her large-scale photographs seem to be spontaneous snapshots of mundane everyday domestic activity, but they are meticulously staged. Locations, clothes, expressions and posture are all contrived for the photograph, and scenes are re-worked until a sense of stillness is achieved. Kearney’s figures convey a monumental and meditative quality, absorbed in what she has described as ‘lost time’. They are caught at a moment of personal reflection, perhaps waiting for something to happen. With her series 'Five People Thinking the Same Thing' Kearney creates images in which the layers of meaning unfold as one spends time with the work. Her choice of title invites the viewer to embroider the scenarios with their own narrative.

Physical description

A colour photograph depicting a woman kneeling on the floor next to a fireplace. She is holding sugar in her hand over a bowl that is placed on the floor next to a mug.

Place of Origin

UK (photographed)

Date

1998 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Kearney, Frances (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

C-type prints

Dimensions

Height: 123 cm image, Width: 153 cm image

Object history note

Acquired directly from the artist

Descriptive line

One photograph by Frances Kearney from the series 'Five People Thinking the Same Thing I', 1998

Labels and date

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)

Kearney’ s images seem to be spontaneous snapshots but are in fact meticulously staged. Clothes, expressions and posture are all contrived for the photograph, and scenes are re-worked until a sense of stillness is achieved. Kearney’s figures convey a monumental and meditative quality, absorbed in what she has described as ‘lost time’. They are caught at a moment of personal reflection, perhaps waiting for something to happen.

Marta Weiss []

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

C-type process; Photography

Categories

Photographs; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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