20 enlarged Polaroid photographs C-Prints
20 x 20 ins each
Dash Snow originally started taking photos when he was a yobbish teenager. Using his Polaroids as a diaristic record of the many â€˜nights beforeâ€™ he couldnâ€™t remember, his snapshots piece together a fragmented portrait of peripheral existence. Filling in the voids of his blackouts, Snowâ€™s photos broach the seedy and taboo with a dislocated intimacy. Suggesting a subplot of double-identity, Snowâ€™s camera operates as a tool of psychological intervention. Creating a â€˜memory bankâ€™ through a lens, he becomes an observer of his own life, forging the personal as dissociative media experience. Working in similar genre to Nan Goldin and Richard Billingham, Snowâ€™s images are uncomfortable in their subject matter. Instances of sex, drugs, violence, and poverty are documented with disarming frankness and honesty. Offering a unique insight into an alternative lifestyle, Snow uncovers a poetic beauty within the dissolute and discarded.