Peter Dench · On the badly behaved British

Peter Dench’s comment

Of course none of us wants to be identified with the people in Dench’s images, and most will sneer or laugh or perhaps even feel disgust. However, I think that in some ways Dench is making a serious point of a particular social behaviour that is far from appreciated by people outside of Britain.

In general the images are humorous and surreal. Is there an ethical issue, I don’t think that there is if what we are referring to people in compromised states (inebriated) and not full compus mentas. In general his work appears to me more as tragic that funny. So I think that the idea that it is always interpreted as humorous is questionable. However, I can see his point. Some of the images do work as a sort of scene from a British sit com that could be passed as funny. On the other hand, being at the scene, one might find it less than amusing.


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I'm a student photographer studying through the OCA a UK based arts university. I'm in the foundation year of my studies and enjoying it immensely. I'm also a yoga teacher and co-founder of Bodhiyoga a buddhism based yoga teacher training program that runs in the UK and Spain each year. As a photographer I'm interested in all forms of fine art. I find the arts really important in my life. I love nature and aim to be in the outdoors as much as I can. Generally I think that all the different strands of my life are flowing to towards self development in the greatest sense of the term. The arts, buddhist practice yoga and meditation are all tools to that end. I feel committed to communication the these values in the world both through the visual arts as well as teaching.

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