This selection of photographs was made during November and December 2019 as a visual accompaniment to a Resonance Radio production entitled Walking with Sebald: Austerlitz and the East End. I followed the show creator, Patrick Bernard, as he and participants Dr. Nadia Valman and Dr. David Anderson of Queen Mary University, poet Stephen Watts and sound recordist Milo Thesiger-Meacham visited locations in east London that are evoked in W.G. Sebald’s 2001 novel Austerlitz.
The settings are Exchange Square, Liverpool Street Station, Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, Alderney Road Cemetery, Novo Cemetery, Mile End Road, St Clement’s Hospital and Tower Hamlets Cemetery. My role was to document the production of the show as participants walked, conversed, read passages from Austerlitz, and introduced readings related to the novel. Performing the readings in situ created an effect of psychogeography—a mood and a psychological landscape—which I hoped to capture in the photographs.
Photographs were taken with a Pentax K1000 SLR camera using Ilford FP4 black & white film and Kodak Gold colour film. See links to the radio show below.