Mirna Šolić has written an essay over at The Disorder of Things blog. I’m really drawn to this. I think partly because it captures something of the temporality of this post-war rebuilding that I see in the work I am doing around reconstruction in France. There’s a blending of past memory and future hope. I also appreciate the importance of photographs in her telling of this story and as key points in her developing analysis of the pandemic situation as it unfolds in the UK.
Mostly, however, I’m thinking about the ways that her essay holds us in the spaces between. Paused on the cross-channel ferry, or in the now between the past and the future. I’m thinking about the capacity of photographs to arrest us and, in this stillness, to open up the time required for critique.