The Suburbs is an exploration of the physical context in which I’ve grown up. Through time things have changed; I’ve grown and matured and have engaged in things which have brought me to the more conscious position I now find myself. I feel as though the suburbs have nurtured some aspect of my development in this way. Through the years I’ve wandered the streets, whether it be on a bicycle or on foot, engaged in dream-like conversations both with myself and with now lost friends. I’m fascinated by spaces – we grow and change, but spaces remain. They act as a natural canvas for beautiful, yet fleeting moments. In this way I find the suburbs quite foreboding – not in the sense of imminent threat, but in a sense of a personal estrangement from our previous selves. Through this ongoing project, I’ve tried to reconnect with the previous selves I’ve inhabited – the precursors to the current “Fynn”. In taking these photographs, I’ve walked strangely familiar back streets and shadowed paths – liminal spaces. These journeys have somewhat transcended their original meanings and have instead turned into something with a psychological value: I truly feel as though making these images has brought me home to myself. You’ll find a large chunk of me in each of these images. They’re a part of me; we’re interlinked. In the same way I’ll never be able to remove “the suburbs” from my psyche, these images will forever be part of my growing sense of self.
Hamshack Library are excited to feature the work of Fynn Wilson, Cape Town-based photographer and visual artist. You’ll have probably seen Fynn around, snapping away at Death of Glitter, or his work for Float Apparel and Born Out of Boredom. He’s also featured in Kaltbult Magazine, Barebequeer Magazine, Three Mag and Unlabelled Magazine. About his work, he simply says, “Ultimately, I want to make people feel something, whatever that might be.”
Go check out Fynn’s work at: https://www.kaltblut-magazine.com/introducing-born-out-of-boredom/