anywhere but here

ghost girl
fly
wave
snake
roots
water
sheet
medallion
fish
mask
Queen's necklace
synchronised
rear view
bar mitzvah
Christmas window
chequered dog
curtain
smokers in the rain
sand bags
school girls
puddle
swimmer
Bintam
zebra
swept down the river
ocean
windswept palms
escalator
smoking in a cab
curtain 2
under
sunlight
departure

I began working on “Anywhere but here” in 2008. It’s a series that has grown very slowly and quite organically. 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