Subjects, Objects, Verbs is a ‘photo-logographic portrait project’. Like a waltz, it’s in triple time (well, sort of…)
1) The invited subjects of the project are asked to select up to three objects.
The objects can be anything; a shoe, a trinket, a book, a coin, a key, a toy, an instrument, a ring, a ball, a clock, a bag, a tool, a piece of equipment, a stone, a map. It is something tangible selected by the subject which connects them to an important time, or event, or place, or person in their life. A connection which they feel is important to you because that time, those events, that person, or that place was formative. It can be to do with work or it can be something more personal, but it should be something which represents a connection which is not arbitrary, but to something, someone, or sometime which really mattered to them.
In the land which today falls largely within modern Iraq and Iran, in the ‘cradle of civilisation’, long after the discovery of how to control fire, but also long before over thirteen hundred videos featuring the admirable Ray Mears teaching fire making become available on YouTube, from marks made to tally and track trades and accounts, Sumerian culture evolves the invention of writing.
It’s not the only time this happens, but it is thought to be one of the earliest.
Let’s begin with a confession. At least one lifetime ago, I skydived.
I’m not talking a one-off charitable hop, or a passenger ride in a tandem (I don’t think they’d been invented back then!). Nor a long-term pursuit of sporting excellence, but something a little more than the once-in-a-lifetime occasion the bucket-list might require… nine months or so’s hobby leaps into the blue.
I was surely a braver man than I am now! Particularly if technical considerations could be combined with physical action, I was an enthusiastic trier. Inevitably perhaps, most of these youthful endeavours succumbed in time. Continue reading