There are few moments when a photograph can change your perception of its medium. I have always been drawn to this image and have always been unsure whether it shows a moment captured or part of a long process, taking in each angle and detail, framing the distortion of the space and removing our ability to pin down scale and orientation. It is a perfect illustration for The Yellow Wallpaper though it was not intended for it. Nick Waplington is someone whose work I have long admired for his ability to shift perspective and medium, leaving one feeling unsettled, and unable to second-guess. ...more

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Faustian Nightmares, 2007, Nick Waplington
Faustian Nightmares, 2007, Nick Waplington

Nick Waplington

British photographer Nick Waplington was born in 1970 and from an early age was taking pictures of friends, family and everyday life on his grandfather’s housing estate in Nottingham.

He has a knack for capturing compelling images from mundane scenes, much as a good storyteller makes routine observations come to life. His first book, Living Room (1991), presented “ordinary” life in such a vivid and immediate way that he swiftly gained acclaim.

Waplington’s work is conceptual in nature, from Other Edens (1994), where the artist’s body appears in pictures around the world to Safety in Numbers (1997), about E culture. Other works include Learn how to die the easy way, his study for the Venice Biennale 2001 on the limitless freedom of expression potentially available online, and the 2007 exhibition Synesthesia – of found internet photos at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

His collaboration on a book with Alexander McQueen was ready for publication in 2010 when the fashion designer died. It is due to be published later in 2011.

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