Our Time – uncovering the lives of creatives

A beautiful new book of photographs by Cat Garcia, entitled Our Time, looks to uncover the lives and minds of some of the UK’s most fascinating creatives, unveiling the processes that go into their work.

Quentin Jones
Quentin Jones

Garcia documents the lives of designers, photographers, artists and filmmakers including Peter Blake, Stuart Semple, Gary Card and Fred Butler, creating black and white and colour portraits that depict the little details and nuances that help shape their creative processes.

Fred Butler
Fred Butler

‘The photographs in this book don’t try to dissect creativity or explain the process of inspiration; they make no thunderbolt claims about genius’, says the book’s introduction.

Stuart Semple
Stuart Semple

‘They are simply the result of time spent with 60 of Britain’s most creative people…all linked not by the arena in which they operate, but by the fact that ideas are their currency. Whether artist or curator, fashion designer or florist, their aim is to cross a few boundaries, shake things up a touch, make something new.’

Gary Card
Gary Card

To create the images, Garcia spent one day with each person featured, taking her camera around their homes and studios to get a feel of their lives.

Julie Verhoev
Julie Verhoev

As such, the images have a quietly insightful quality, offering snippets of revelation through objects, movements and scenes, showing lives, rather than artwork or finished pieces.

Peter Blake
Peter Blake

‘There are other books for that’, the introduction explains. ‘Cat’s book is about the life, not the work. Above all else, it is a series of photo stories about people… the collected fragments of lives lived creatively, one day at a time.’

Gavin Turk
Gavin Turk

The book is edited by Anthony Leyton and curated by Olivia Triggs, director of illustration agency Breed.

Our Time is available now and can be bought here http://www.thisisourtimebook.com/the-book/ priced £35

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