John McDowall writes: I thought that I would like to take photographs of something that was
current to the time that the Brownie 127 was in mass-production, that the photograph made today
could have been taken then, producing an a-chronological moment. My project was in a wonderful
way anticipated, for the camera I bought on Ebay had a roll of exposed colour film inside. I don’t
know how long it had been waiting there but possibly since the 1970s. The photographs were taken on
one occasion in a garden, the common feature being red roses. Three show a young boy and, I presume,
his father and grandmother, the other, unseen, person is the photographer, the mother perhaps.
John McDowall’s book Of time: fermata will resemble published sheet music, being a sewn pamphlet
of 24 pages including cover, 278 x 201 mm, digitally printed on Vanguard 135gsm Ivory in an open edition.
The seven photographs will each be on a recto page, opposite these a page of blank stave lines as found
in music manuscript pads - an implication of a story in abeyance, indefinite but open to conjecture
and imagining. On the last page will be a short text outlining the source of the images. The book will
be exhibited in a way that invites its handling and reading.