Elementor #20404

(1211) David Houghton – Time (UK)

About this Artwork

Time, The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. The continued progress of existence as affecting people and things. (Oxford English Dictionary)

Time is a phenomenon that fascinates me, and as a universal experience, very little is actually known about it and how we internally measure it.

The page of Newnes’ Pictorial Knowlege 1950’s Encyclopedia that I was given refers to ’Time-recorders of the Past and Present’. I was drawn to the devices that measured a finite amount of time, such as the Candle Clock, and how they can symbolise our mortality.

I replaced the candle with a burning cigarette for the artwork, which felt more immediate and poignant. Unlike a candle, the burnt cigarette still retains its body, but the clean, sleek perfection of its original form is now disfigured by the burnt-out ash and is no longer of any use.

The photograph is intended to be a personal meditation on one’s own existence, but it can also be seen through the lens of a broader global human experience.

About David

David Houghton is a photographer and artist. His work deals with the themes of transience, imperfection and time’s passing, inspired by the Japanese philosophies of Mono No Aware and Wabi-Sabi.

Influenced by Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photography, the paintings of Agnes Martin and George Shaw, and Yasujiro Ozu’s films, he often utilises grids and interval techniques similar to time-lapse photography. Much of his canon combines multiple photographs to create a single image that takes on a whole new collective ambience to its constituent parts when viewed in its entirety.

In 2019 he was one of the winners in the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2019, coming 2nd in the single image category, with On the way to Shimoda.

Although based in Cambridge’s historic UK city, much of his source material is derived from his trips to Japan – a compelling influence on his creations. Over the past year, he has had to find inspiration closer to home.

Link to David’s Art Aviso profile HERE

David was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 9
Industries that serve our everyday needs.
Time Recorders of the past and present