Simon Kossoff – Remains to be Seen


‘Remains to be Seen’ is a personal work which explores grief, loss and memory and the emotional impact these experiences have had on the way I have come to perceive the world here in the present. It’s a book of clues, keys, symbols, echoes and traces. Like latent fingerprints lifted from the psyche – made thousands of miles away from the graves of which it speaks of and recorded several years ‘after the facts’.

Because of a lack of direct access to perhaps more concrete ‘evidence’ which still remains stored in a barn in England, a basement in Norway and a spare bedroom in Wales, this book has become very much a history of the present. Because of this, my only resources for making this work have been internal in nature – accompanied by a certain awareness, like a frequency that was tuned into and the series as a whole has been, to some extent, something of a ghost hunt.

The sad events which have silently surrounded this project have consequently altered who I am today in ways which I am still discovering and has been part of the secret drive behind the books creation. It is not an exorcism because the possession (if this is what it is to be called) is permanent – dissolved into the self and is present more as an evolution in progress. There are seven stages of grief and this book, I believe, marks for me its final stage; Acceptance.

It’s always nice receiving books in the mail. As I paged through Simon’s book I was conscious of his statement and had a fairly decent idea about the underlying mood that inspired it, but that really didn’t impact how I viewed the photographs too much. He emailed a few days ago to ask what I thought about the book, and I responded  that “I liked the photographs but thought it was a bit esoteric conceptually.”

In response,  he said he didn’t think that was “necessarily a bad thing” and I agree. I’m sure most of us have experienced the grief of breaking up with or losing a loved one. Through photography we can articulate that emotion in interesting ways that don’t necessarily force the viewer to face the trauma head on.

I don’t know how Simon’s work will be interpreted in photoland but he’s one of those photographer/thinkers I’m proud to collaborate with….

You can buy the book HERE.