My name is Colin Buttimer.
I try to walk around with my eyes open. I take photographs and make one-off books, pamphlets, fold-outs and other formats containing selections of those photographs. The predominant subject of my work is the impact of neoliberalism on London, the city where I've lived most of my life. I am looking for a publisher - if you can help me, please get in touch.
My work is made expressly to be viewed as a book or publication and one of the challenges I most enjoy, apart from developing my ideas and their photographic execution, is in experimenting to find the best form for the viewer to experience them. I've published images of all the contents of my books on this website, but it's a very poor substitute for holding a book and turning its pages.
Here are the books I've made, listed in the order I've produced them:
Thirty Six Views of the Emerald City
There is no one
1 Brand New Community
The State for Years Uncaring
All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core
An unserious series:
(The images at the top of this page are a part of 'All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core'.)
This work references Hokusai's Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji (1830-32) and Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).
A four year study of a small nature reserve at the edge of the King's Cross property development.
An exploration of my own and my family's mental health reflected in and registered upon everyday reality.
Dedicated to the landowners, corporations and developers that control our pseudo-public spaces.
A study of an isolated place on the Thames estuary.
The loss of people to images.
A small act of questioning, resistance and memory.
The aspiration and fate of this period of architecture mirrors that of the society that produced it.
For a moment I hesitated, and was afraid to make this book.
The title is a quotation from The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud.
Three small publications in a slipcase that playfully explore ideas of series.
The irresistible attraction of a warm keyboard to a cat and the computer's response.
A work that seeks to address the changed sense of time that the pandemic lockdown created.
An examination of the pseudo-public King's Cross Quarter.