Lawrance Cook

 
Teoman Irmak

‘Water cane sugar’ – 2009

“Time has a collating affect. Sometimes things are revealed when layered by time.”

Why not just paint?
I used to. Then I found I was repeating myself. Preconceived self-conscious acts like painting only re-state what I already know. There are no real surprises for me. To accomplish this surprise element an outside controlling force is needed like chance or a photograph and an applied system.
I might go back to it one day though.

You see photography’s role purely as a means to a chance input?
Essentially for some aspects of my work, yes. The prime function of photography is the transportation of visual information. On the face of it is the best tool to date. And that’s why I still use it.

Which comes first, the image or the prescription?
It might sound like it but I don’t work it all out beforehand. In reality it is a lot more haphazard than it seems. I don’t always see the implications immediately.
I think many crucial observations are in fact afterthoughts, time has a collating affect. Sometimes things are revealed when layered by time.
I don’t mean in the image itself but more in the intentions.
So in retrospect my initial intentions appear clearer.