Glasgow-based photographer Alishia Farnan captures wonderfully subtle moments in an exploration of light, time and the concept of presence. In many of Farnan's compositions, it seems as if someone has just been, or may return any moment, to the scene. An empty sidewalk, a discarded banana peel, sunlight across a wall... These photographs are of ephemeral moments, quiet in their simplicity and everyday-ness, yet the quietude belies an overall feeling that things are about to change.
Farnan likes to make work on the go, a daily basis; it's part of her daily routine. By focusing primarily on places and things rather than human subjects, she concentrates on color, shape and other formal elements, elevating an everyday potted plant or a corner of a building to a composition one can study intently. When people figure into her compositions their presence becomes a formal part of the landscape. Inspired by the work of Joel Sternfeld, Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, she also draws on inspiration from the multifarious work that appears on Instagram.
From minimal interiors and studies of light and texture, to open landscapes, there is an underlying sense of waiting. Waiting for a train, waiting for the post, waiting for children to arrive at school, waiting for a car to pass. The majority of her photographs are calm and pensive in their almost suspended state, taken on any old cloudy, Scottish afternoon while providing a glimpse of the everyday and a closer look than we might normally get at these scenes and aspects of our world.
She is currently working on a series of small photo books that she plans to release this summer, and regularly updates a fantastic Instagram account featuring work in progress. More examples of her work and further information can be found at alishia.co.uk.