1. The Daily Round by Martin Brink

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    Above Untitled, from The Daily Round. (©Martin Brink/Courtesy of the photographer).

    ‘To me, the things that are beautiful and interesting in real life might not be the most interesting to photograph so I’m drawn to subjects that might often be overlooked,’ remarks Swedish photographer Martin Brink, who documents what many of us take for granted in his series, The Daily Round.

    These black-and-white images are marked by a graphical quality as Brink focuses upon the objects of his daily life. Opening with an image of freshly washed sheets drying in the early morning sun, the narrative expands as Brink explores suburbia, taking in the familiar such as an old refrigerator abandoned on a tree lined road; a discard daily newspaper in an underpass; a dog, patiently waiting in the back of a parked car for its owner to return from the supermarket; a bottle of liquid soap in a washroom; and a parked limousine caught in the late afternoon sun, awaiting silently for its occupants who may party the night away. 

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    Above Untitled, from The Daily Round. (©Martin Brink/Courtesy of the photographer).

    Throughout these images, physical presence can be felt everywhere, yet people feature rarely in this work, and when they do, Brink presents them as objects, in the same way that he responds to burnt out cars, and discarded banana skins; two indistinct, and small figures are caught in a misty street scene; the arm of a kitchen worker breaks into the frames which captures the industrial quality of restaurant kitchen; and a mere glimpse of the photographer himself is reflected in a window, hidden within the the layers of reflections. 

    These subtle images combine, not to present a dramatic look at modern life, but a memorable look at the everyday that we so often take for granted and barely register in our hectic daily schedules, but which in many ways is more powerful and interesting than the beautiful and picturesque.

    The first edition of the The Daily Round was self-published in 2009. A second edition is published via Blurb.

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