Hauntology [n]: present absences; absent presences (author’s definition, after Derrida)
What do these images say? About the town? About rivalries between hostelries? What tales might be told? How might they figuratively, literally be connected to one another?
The primary concept was to photograph pubs that are (or were) obviously pubs. Since taking these the photos, and especially with reference to the book below, it has become apparent that many more pubs have existed, many buildings of which are still standing. The author’s ground floor was once a pub called The Castle, dating to 1774. A future project may, or may not, involve using the book as a guide to photographing those less obvious examples, hidden as they are in plain sight. The book, too, details more than can be seen: of tunnels and passages, of violence and intrigue.
As well as an effort to capture images of pubs that are easily discernible, it was also an attempt to explore the uses of black and white film. All photographs taken with Nikon F50 in January 2018. Photos 1-17 with Ilford FP5 Plus black and white film. Photos 18-25 with Ilford FP4 Plus black and white film.
All dates from: Davis, M & Pitt, V, 2015, The Historic Inns of Frome, Akeman: Gosport; except date for Cheese and Grain, from Wikipedia.