Modern culture: living to record ourselves living so others will say we have lived


Today's Menu by Lisa Furness - Bristol Chocolate Factory

Lisa Furness approaches her subject with an artist’s eye and, in so doing, transcends the boundaries of documentary. Her respect, even love, for the buildings that have played such an important role in defining who we are (or where we came from) extend beyond urban decay to the modern built environment. Her work reflects

not just death and the process of
dying, but invites us to contemplate
our existence in the urban landscapes we have constructed for ourselves. In
this article for SDk, Furness, perhaps paradoxically for a photographer, advocates putting down our cameras
– a symbol of self-obsession – in the interests of life itself.

Like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety and a tool of power. – Susan Sontag