Of crossed arms and the mortar board

By Dr Shawn Sobers, 20.7.2017 Associate Professor – Lens Based Media, University of the West of England, Bristol Twitter @shawnsobers   Graduation season this year for me coincided with funeral season for my family. Last Friday, in the morning I was giving out certificates celebrating the achievements of children I did not know for a

Speech given at the opening of the Roots photography exhibition at Tafari Gallery, Fairfield House, Bath – 3rd January 2015.

Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Menen Asfaw. Welcome to friends and visitors to Fairfield House, whichever mansion, community or identity you represent, or however you came to be here today.   You are all welcome.  Give thanks. My name is Shawn Naphtali Sobers –

Small things that change, and small things that change us.

This is not an article lamenting a lost past, as that is boring and indulgent, but more of some thoughts on small things that change, and the relationship to human habit. I just picked up an old book to read again and look what I found as the book mark. People below a certain age

Disconnected colonial landscapes in a pre-photographic era

Before the invention of photography and film, we got to know the world beyond our personal experience through the oral, drawn, painted and written descriptions of the explorers that went forth, and came back.  The communication between what was experienced via the explorer’s senses, and what was subsequently represented to the people, did not always match up. See below