Hewn from the bedrock of the surreal, elegiac and witty tradition of documentary photography, yet shaped in his own inimitable style, Sam Parkes’ work blurs the distinction between photojournalism, street and fine art photography.
This cross section of work reveals a meticulous and dissenting eye for the spirit and essence of people and place. It explores the ground between the domestic and the ecstatic- finding the magic in the mundane and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Through these images we’re offered the chance to smudge our nose against the window of our time, to bear witness to its rapture, its cruelty, its comedy.
There’s an immediacy to Sam’s images yet a timelessness that bisects the fleeting moment, drawing to the centre the world of long ago and that of today. His images reveal more than what can be seen. In discovering resemblances and correspondences he captures everyday living- of fishermen, market stalls and street commerce, farming and industry, architecture and landscape, worshippers and pilgrims, ceremony and ritual, a look, a glance, of mankind within nature and the nature within mankind.
With the vitality and coherence of all good storytelling, Sam’s photography probes beyond surface appearance to proffer a deep curiosity about human life in all its enigmatic complexity. It is a worship of the imperfect and reveals that nowhere is inopportune to unearthing magic, intrigue and beauty.