Elaine Edwards and Ken Edwards - Bulverhythe Variations

Silverhill Press Photography and Prose

We lived in a house once.
But it didn’t work out.
Hey ho. Whatever.

"This series of images was mostly created during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020-22, on my early morning runs along the seafront and beach in Bulverhythe, East Sussex. Drawn to patterns and structures in the natural and man-made environment, I began taking photos on my iPhone. Experimenting with different ways of presenting these images, they seemed to fall into a narrative of their own, relating to a series of piano variations I was composing.

Meanwhile, Ken, my partner, inspired by the same environment, was writing in the imagined voice of a homeless person living beside the beach: an enigmatic character who might be a philosopher or a former private detective.

What we have in this book is a selection of the images, accompanied by Ken's texts. The texts are not to be regarded as captions explaining the photos, but relate to them in oblique ways. Text and image interact with each other to suggest endless possibilities." (Elaine Edwards)

It's necessary to always break and regain symmetry,
to not be trapped or have one’s thoughts trapped in symmetry,
we explained.
So you have to turn your thoughts inside out,
and only then can you really inspect them
and find out what they're made of.

67 pages of photographs and texts

Currently out of print