Once Removed (2011)
This present iteration of Once Removed moves closer to the individuals who were in an earlier showing distant and remote figures in the Venice landscape. This version facilitates the original intention of research: visualising the continual cycle of migration. The photographic series now juxtaposes the classic romanticised 1950’s/60’s image of the suited male Caribbean against the contemporary realities of life for 21st century migrants – selling items for tourist purchase. The smaller images are not hung opposite but in-between the larger emblematic images of the suited figure. Presented as his own photographs, these blurred, unbalanced, out-of-focus ‘snaps’ stand in a deliberate and aesthetic opposition to the carefully balanced bigger photographic images, and intend to return the viewer’s gaze back to the reality of Venice for some of its current inhabitants.