Notes on a photograph: A broken cup

May 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

A while ago I shared a short project I’d done, photographing the cups and mugs I use for my quite particular tea and coffee drinking habits. This photograph is a follow up to that but also probably an insight into why I photograph ‘the everyday’ quite so much: these things mean something to me but they don’t last forever.

 

Photographic print on a dark grey fabric background. The photograph shows a broken blue coffee cup on a saucer on a carpeted stair, taken from above. Broken coffee cupBroken coffee cup by Jayne Lloyd.

 

A few months ago we watched ‘The Dig’ on Netflix, it’s a good Sunday afternoon movie about about the excavation of Sutton Hoo. In it one of the characters said something about ‘photography as a way of fixing moments in time’. I know it’s been said many times before by many different people, but I scribbled it down in my notebook because on that afternoon it reminded me that’s what I think I’m trying to do a lot of the time. I guess we all are - hold on to moments, document places I won’t physically go to again, see something I can’t hold in my hand again because it smashed when I slipped on the stairs. It seems like a ridiculously grand thing to say about a picture of a cup but I'm talking more broadly about photographs that document places, events or things when I say it - it's the closest things I have to time travel, really.

 

Photographic print on a dark grey fabric background. The photograph shows a blue and white cup and saucer on an open diary, with 'le café' written in black text on the side of the cup.jayne_210527_3262 Photographic print on a dark grey fabric background. The photograph shows a broken blue coffee cup on a saucer on a the laminate floor at the bottom of a carpeted stair. jayne_210527_3263

 

As with the previous images in the series, I shot this with my Mamiya RB67 (once I'd solved the light leak problem). The other images show the cups in the places I usually drink from them, this sets the scene of how it met its demise. At least the saucer survived.


 


 

Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex, UK. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch. I promise I'm very careful with other people's cups!

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