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. I produce this work with the intention of finding a publisher, so that I can engage in the wider debate about some of the issues I explore. The predominant subject of my work is the impact of neoliberalism on London, the city where I've lived most of my life.
The images above are a small part of an ongoing project called 'All the while clamouring for a piece of the world's true core', see the relevant publication below for a few more details.
Here are the books I've made listed in the order I've produced them:
This book references Hokusai's 36 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 made between 2011 and 2018.
The loss of people to images.
The Robin Hood Gardens estate lies at the nexus of a remarkably broad range of issues including, but not limited to, the funding of the welfare state, neoliberalism, austerity, Right to Buy, the financialisation of housing, the treatment of council tenants and immigrant minorities, urban planning, the social role of architecture, and the politics of cultural preservation. This book is a small act of questioning, resistance and memory.
The State for Years Uncaring
Abject they became
Wretched, stolen or vanished entire
Demolished - Robin Hood Gardens, Sampson House. Privatised - Balfron Tower, Camden Town Hall Annexe, Post
Office Tower. Right to buy - Alexandra Road Estate, Brunswick Centre, Thamesmead. Public: National Theatre,
YMCA/St Giles Hotel, Guildhall, Institute of Education
27 photographs on A2 rice paper.
For a moment I hesitated, and was afraid to make this book.
34 black and white photographs, with one exception.
The title is a quotation from The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud
The work is dedicated to André Kertész
It exists in two versions: one of 52 photographs in four rice paper sections and the other 44 loose photographs in an envelope.
Three small publications in a slipcase that playfully explore ideas of series.
A Dachlawine may be a pole that warns pedestrians of an avalanche falling from the roof of a Viennese building.
The irresistible attraction of a warm keyboard to a cat and the computer's response.
Komu - nothingness, emptiness
Ma - a void that isn’t empty, an absence that is a presence, a space between things full of energy
Five A2 sheets of rice paper containing between 5 and 7 photos in a non-repeating grid. Each A2 page held in a separate cover. The five parts girded by a belly band and contained in a plain bookboard slipcase.