|Arrival (King's Cross St Pancras) (c) artist|
|Rain Regent Street (c) artist|
ORSO MAJOR GALLERY,
These two images capture the excitement of people moving towards a brighter future, with new goods to buy and new places to visit. In reality both places - Regent Street and King's Cross Station - are noisy and confusing. It is not unknown for traffic to be heavy in Regent Street, including nose-to-tail red double decker buses, but here two intrepid shoppers trip lightly across the road in perfect safety. Similarly travellers are often rushed and crushed on station platforms. In Arrival they could be enjoying a sunlight stroll.
But the viewer already has common sense in abundance. In both places we are likely to keep our eyes firmly in business mode, our ears on the alert for traffic noise or information which will progress our journey. John Duffin transcends this. These beautifully pared, stripped-down images release us from the treadmill of our quotidian needs into the the beauty and imagination of the soaring roof, the elegant lamp posts, the sinuous road and those parallel railway lines pointing to infinity. .