Flash Fiction

July 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Double Glazing

That half an hours sleep was doing nothing for me, after that old woman with the knife and long black hair had crept into the room at 02:30, it had been a lights on, brain on alert, kinda night, and now here I was, pissing a shit log to pieces at 08:30, in the toilets at work, 2 pieces of undigested sweet corn staring back at me like 2 demonic eyes, the only places that are real in offices are the toilets, the only place where the shit shows and the nose can pick up the stink.

My eyes weren’t having it, each blink was like dragging skin across sandpaper, I must’ve gotten like 30 minutes sleep, no more, no less, and now my brain was giving me the middle finger and urging me to fuck the day off. The vending machine looked as depressed as me, he was probably out drinking with the coffee machine till the early hours, hoping the whiskey would kill him so he wouldn’t have to serve cunts like me for 12 hours the next day, Wotsits… for fucks sake, I was always a fan of that Cheetos Cheetah, he seemed fun until he got addicted to the cocaine.

The boss is here, he’s wearing his piano tie, the crazy cat.

“Morning, Morning”

He nods to people, a big shit eating grin on his face,

“Let’s make some epic sales results today guys!”

this is a guy who gets off, sexually, on talking old, frail, dementia ridden women into buying double glazing windows, when they either already have them, or are so close to death that they won’t benefit from it

“You can take your double glazing to heaven with you; in fact show Jesus, we’ll give him a discount if you recommend him”.

The Wotsits are sticky, turning my mouth into a quagmire of cheesy, orange glue, I am at the breakout table, the city of Manchester pulsating in the window behind me, the boss begins to approach me, and I get excited, and I smile

“You were supposed to start half an hour ago, get on the phone, those windows aren’t gonna sell themselves! You’re up a for a disciplinary soon”

My smile fades, I felt upset, I wanted him to ask how my morning was going, if I had slept well, if I was enjoying my bag of Wotsits or whether I would have preferred them to stock Cheetos instead,

“Mr Boss, I have made a unilateral decision, Cheetos are far superior to Wotsits, and I feel sales productivity would go up 3 fold if we replaced said Wotsits with Cheetos!”

I grab the knife from my pocket and I ram it into his fucking throat, twice, he falls to the floor gurgling, I breathe cheesy dragon breath, I am smiling again.

Shameside

February 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Tameside is a metropolitan borough of Manchester, set alongside the river Tame, from which it takes it’s name. The borough incorporates 8 towns, with a current population of 219,324 at last census, the history of Tameside can be dated back to the Stone Age, still Holding over 300 listed historical buildings, and an interesting and proud history surrounding the industrial revolution, some cite the area as the creation of the industrial revolution. In 2013 Tameside was reported to be the hardest hit area for unemployment in the North West of England.
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The term “Shameside” comes from the current inhabitants of the area, a kind of endearing nickname for an area which is now showing high levels of poverty, violence and a strong reliance on benefits, a town with its roots buried in a tradition of hard work, and industry now lies barren and struggling to progress.
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The reclaimed project has taken another direction attempting to now focus it’s subject matter towards to the Tameside area of the UK and it’s inhabitants. I am currently looking for residents of Tameside to photograph and to include in the series, if you or anyone you know would like to be involved, please contact me at arronhansford@yahoo.com.
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Thanks again!
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Arron

Sympathy towards the inanimate

February 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Even as a child I always had a strong feeling of sympathy for the inanimate, I can possibly attribute this to my only child status and my somewhat isolated and lonely childhood. Even as a child I have vague memories of picking up toys that other children had discarded in the street, not for the want of ownership or to play with them, but for the items own emotional salvation, the object would lie there looking forlorn to me, and the feeling of sympathy for the object would be overwhelming , so much so that I would over the years, establish quite an impressive collection of these “rescued” toys.
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Thorough research Into this self explained “sympathy towards the inanimate” returned information on a phenomenon know as kinaesthetic sympathy, a brief official definition of which is listed as “the state of having an emotional attachment to an object when it is in hand which one did not have when it was out of sight.” Kinaesthetic sympathy has been linked with the actions taken by people with hoarding disorder and also sufferers of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and or ADD (attention deficit disorder). although I have never been officially diagnosed with OCD or ADD, my kinaesthetic sympathy did lead to issues of hoarding when I was in my early teens, regularly filling my bedroom with collected items to the point where it was virtually inaccessible, thankfully this did calm down towards my mid teens and the feelings of kinaesthetic sympathy did dissipate somewhat.
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what started out as a photo series attempting to capture images reflecting the world after humans, has developed into something much deeper and personal. Spending time alone shooing the “reclaimed” series has began to re – open the feelings of attachment that I feel towards inanimate objects. The images depicting the lonely and used up objects, capture a deeper part of human nature, one that I have always found shocking and somewhat upsetting, the complete disregard and contempt that we show to those or that which no longer shows any possible benefit for ourselves as individuals, and through this I feel that those who connect through kinaesthetic sympathy, show a stronger connection and understanding to the world around them, a bit more sympathy that perhaps the world as a whole could benefit from.
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The “reclaimed” series is ongoing, however, I have decided to shift direction of the series and will target it towards a more deeper study of kinaesthetic sympathy, I will keep regular updates on the piece.
Thank you!!! :)

F – Stop Magazine.

February 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

F – Stop Magazine have chosen to feature 2 of my images in their Black And white edition that has been made available online today! Please check out the link to view my work and the work of other chosen photographers

http://www.fstopmagazine.com/mobilegroupexhibition.html

Also it is not too late to purchase a copy of last quarters Flip Magazine which also featured my work in November

http://www.londonphotography.org.uk/magazine/flip29-conflict/

Thank you

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Work progress

January 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

With the snow settling in over the UK it has given me an opportunity to explore new tones and colours for the “reclaimed” photo series! Just a few images below that have been shot over the weekend and early this week.

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Untitled, reclaimed, Jan 2015

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Got told off…

January 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Got shouted at today for letting my feet walk me onto the site of a security protected derelict mill… woops. Got some further images for the reclaimed body of work!

Got a free website set up today as well, but i HATE it, if any of you guys know any affordable/free website companies, drop me a line and SHARE THY KNOWLEDGE! heres the link to my rubbish one http://arronhansford.wix.com/arron it wont be up for long haha!

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untitled, Greenfield, Jan 2015

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untitled, Greenfield, Jan 2015

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untitled, Dovestones, Jan 2015

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untitled. Greenfield, Jan 2015

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untitled, Greenfield, Jan 2015

Reclaimed project and working with new project

January 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

So the reclaimed project is going ahead as planned and is now starting to bulk up as a body of work! The work is going to be exhibited (more information at a later date) and will also be set out into a book platform which will support the exhibition!

Further more I have began working with, through wide eyes! Which is an upcoming magazine and blog focusing on contemporary art and literature, they are currently looking for submissions so if you are interested in getting a bit of work out there, check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

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Untitled, reclaimed project, Jan 2015

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Untitled, reclaimed project, Jan 2015

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Untitled, reclaimed project, Jan 2015

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Untitled, reclaimed project, Jan 2015

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