Of the current obsessions inflicting the “psychology of photography”, the nostalgia that comes with photography’s attempt to adjust to its place in a changing world, is particularly poignant. Like nurses in a home for the bewildered, collectors and artists alike have been conversing with the patient who sits calmly and retraces past exploits with lost friends. It is a confusing disposition for photography, a kind of dementia, when moments from the past resurface and the faces of long lost relatives appear to sit beside us once more.
Erik Kessels, undoubtedly someone who has proven his adept ability to coax a tale from the patient, is also well known for another current obsession in contemporary photography — the photo book. What connects the two is obvious to those of us old enough to remember the family photo album; that hard covered folder thing in the drawer that rarely gets opened.