This a documentary project, a novel, a lipogramme and an imaginary anthropological study in one. It responds to the death and disappearance of the author’s close friend, photojournalist Anton Hammerl’s, during the 2011 Libyan war, through an examination of the geography, players and circumstances surrounding his demise as well as a reflection on the paradoxical role that photography has played in conflict zones.
Produced almost entirely within a 3km radius of the author’s home, and inspired by Salman Rushdie’s critique of the film The Wizard of Oz, The Diminishing Present is a visual contemplation on the concept of home and what it means to belong somewhere.
This seminal book is brings together 5 bodies of work, inspired by both early 18th century evocations of the sublime and contemporary pictorial traditions.
But for all its historical evocation, the photographs in this publication are fraught with anxieties about ruin.