Simon Clegg

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“Once More the Fleeting Sensation”.   “Once More the Fleeting Sensation’ is a series of photographs that explores the literal and metaphorical journeys that I went on in the pursuit of memory. The title is an excerpt from the first volume of Marcel Proust’s novel, In Search of Lost Time, in which Proust explores why certain objects and experiences can become the catalysts for the vivid recollection of erstwhile memories. While going through a box of my late mothers possession’s, I discovered several cases of slide film that she had shot whilst hostelling in the late sixties and early seventies, and I was struck by the clarity in which they had recorded a place and a time. I chose to track these places down, to discover where she had been, and in turn attempt to reconnect with someone with whom I missed deeply. Little did I know when embarking on this journey, just how powerful the act of moving through the landscape could become, memories flooded back, un-bidden and at times traumatic, this was not the first time I had travelled this road, and I now realised, decades of journeys had filled this path with countless impressions. For Marcel Proust, recollection of the past came in the form of a cup of tea and a Madeleine cake. For myself it came in the finding of old photographs, and the journey that they subsequently inspired. Influences for this work include the American photographers Stephen Shore, William Eggleston and Alec Soth, and British photographer Paul Graham.  

Venue- Rough Trade