Bernard G Mills

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Extra Ordinary Objects is a series which concerns the seemingly insignificant objects that are discarded after their usefulness has apparently ended—the CD rack that holds an insufficient number of CDs, the radio which is incapable of receiving FM transmissions and the box camera which used a now obsolete size of roll-film. These are items that have been designed and engineered, often with great care, ingenuity and attention to detail, probably, to fit in with the visual aesthetic, stylistic trends and required functionality of their time of production. To be discarded, consigned to the scrap heap, seems to me a terrible waste. I have been collecting (or not throwing away) objects over a good many years. I imagine a future use for them, as multiple sound processing devices (in the case of quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recorders) that could be utilised to adapt and transform a chosen signal. In fact, they have lingered in cupboards, in boxes and in stacks where they became objects to be recognised in the future.


That future is here. It is my aim to give the individual items a chance to be seen for what they are: extra-ordinary objects. By picturing and rendering large the seemingly insignificant, I am attempting to re-present the object in its own right, so that it can declare, “Look at me, I exist, I am worthy of attention”.


The purpose of the series is to re-instate significance to objects whose original meaning or function has been lost.


The subject of the series is recognition—of a changed and different form of value.


These are photographs of objects from my collections. I began this series in 2006 and it is ongoing.