Karin Wach

Royal Vintage

I work with the single unedited photograph as my medium. From the multiples of one, rarely two photos I create an abstract image. These constructed images, mounted on board and framed under glass, explore through their formal layout and content the complexity of what can and cannot be captured in a single photograph.

The ruins of Edward III’s Manor House, once an important royal house on the Thames in Bermondsey, have been excavated but kept half hidden for protection under a grassy hill. History peeps out from underneath the edges.

Further along the Thames there is Hampton Court Palace with its great formal gardens. The flowers gave no sense of history and the passing of time. Royal Vintage I think, does: the constructed image creates a feeling of old-fashioned lace, a keepsake that holds the memory of something precious long since gone. The flowers photographed are not in their prime but faded.

All together, we are different