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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
Camley Street
Loci
Piss Corners
Creek
There is no one
1 Brand New Community
The State for Years Uncaring
Oneiric
All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core
An unserious series:

r5o90i3[]mot
Komu/Ma
Vicinal

(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'.)

Thirty Six Views of the Emerald City

This work references Hokusai's Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji (1830-32) and Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).

Camley Street

A four year study of a small nature reserve at the edge of the King's Cross property development.

a close-up of a hand-painted signpost with the words Bio-Dome

Loci

An exploration of my own and my family's mental health reflected in and registered upon everyday reality.

a close-up portrait of a young person looking downward

Piss Corners

Dedicated to the landowners, corporations and developers that control our pseudo-public spaces.

the cover of the book is the title in capital serif letters in grey on a pale yellow background

Creek

A study of an isolated place on the Thames estuary.

The cover shows the title of the book against a background of river-borne detritus

There is no one

The loss of people to images.

The cover of the book shows a green hedge with the title in white in the centre

1 Brand New Community

A small act of questioning, resistance and memory.

A close-up of a front door - a sunflower has been drawn in blue and yellow on top of dark brown artificial wood grain

The State for Years Uncaring
Abject they became
Wretched, stolen or vanished entire

The aspiration and fate of this period of architecture mirrors that of the society that produced it.

A very high contrast black and white photograph looking up a stairwell which appears almost abstract

Oneiric

For a moment I hesitated, and was afraid to make this book.

A boy lies on a bench seemingly asleep, to his left is a dense thicket of branches

All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core

The title is a quotation from The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud.

A distorted photocopy of the title of the book in handwriting

An unserious series

Three small publications in a slipcase that playfully explore ideas of series.

Atavism and

The cover of the book shows two vertical blue rectangles with the book title on the right one

Eleven figures, my children among them

The cover of the book shows two vertical pink rectangles on a white background with the book title on the right one

Seven Dachlawinen

The cover of the book shows two vertical beige rectangles on a white background with the book title on the right one

r5o90i3[]mot

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.

Vicinal

An examination of the pseudo-public King's Cross Quarter.


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