anywhere but here

swirl
surf
foliage
shop house
ghost girl
fly
snake in a bag
bird
wave
water
sheet
mask
Queen's necklace
synchronised
bus
rear view
windswept palms
bar mitzvah
Christmas window
school girls
steamy window
gold fish
two fish
shutters
calendar
chequered dog
corrugated
curtain 2
curtain
asylum
smokers in the rain
sand bags
puddle
swimmer
Bintam
rain taxi
smoking in a cab
swept down the river
night beach
ocean
sunlight
departure

I began working on “anywhere but here” in 2008, and slowly over the years it became my main focus.

The images attempt to express the restless feeling that the place I’m in isn’t where I should be and that the next location will be better. As someone who has always moved around, I am very interested in the idea of belonging to a country or a community. This is a feeling that I’ve never had and, although I feel like I’m supposed to belong somewhere, I don’t want to. If I had this feeling of belonging, I wouldn’t have a reason to keep wondering about it. The geographical and temporal reference points in the photographs are blurred because the work isn’t about the location or time, but about a state-of-mind. There’s no real beginning and I don’t think there will be an end. The work comes from reality, but it’s a reality that’s distorted by subjectivity. It’s an expression of my state of mind during these restless off-moments.

The images here are a small selection from a large, on-going body of work.

© Alison McCauley