There’s No Time For Art

Marcus Haydock’s photographs add weight to the idea that photography can be as much to do with sensing as it is with seeing. Like other visual Artists and writers, Haydock tries to persuade us that the world turns not only on dramatic events, played out on an epic scale, but on more subtle, barely traceable forces that are continually folding in and out of one another, all around us, at all times. It is here, Haydock’s work insists, in the familiar patterns of the everyday, that the world we inhabit and that we make for ourselves can offer up its secrets. Or, at least there are times when we can sense them. Haydock’s sense is that certain delicate energies are at work here, energies which at times are somehow held in the balance, and become tangible, become felt. Revelation seems to be too strong a word for this feeling, because the moment does not exactly declare itself; in Haydock’s work it is not gestural or expressive, and,   we might imagine, it is mostly not ‘anticipated’ – nor is it particularly decisive. Nothing, we feel, is dependant upon it and no specific meaning is waiting to be revealed or understood. We might be tempted to describe this moment in terms of coherence, a glimpse of some form of order, of things falling into place. But these moments, so beautifully preserved by Haydock’s camera, would be more correctly referred to as a falling out of place, when this confluence of forces cuts through our habitual acceptance of the world. ‘There is a part of everything which is unexplored,’ said Flaubert, ‘because we are accustomed to using our eyes only in association with the memory of what people before us have thought of the thing we are looking at. Even the smallest thing has something in it which is unknown.’ It is this sense of the unknown in the familiar that Marcus Haydock has discovered in these photographs. And with it comes possibility, the gift of the world opening up and seen again, as if for the first time.

David Chandler

Marcus Haydock

Marcus Haydock’s work explores the human condition and our relationship to images from a philosophical, psychological and poetic perspective. His work has been exhibited worldwide, in venues including the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; the Latvian State Museum, Riga; and Photofusion, London.



Permanent Vacation, Bordeaux, France


Le stade du miroir, group exhibition curated by Nicolas Hosteing and Loan Calmon, Analogues, Arles.


Recollection, Superette Gallery, Paris, France.
British Express, Kunsthalle, Kosice, Slovakia.
Transitions, Pure Arts Group, Battle, UK.


Humbly Through the Dust, Cooper Wilkinson Gallery,
Enniskillen, Ireland


Joaquim Paiva Collection, Museum of Modern Art,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Insurrection, Zero Camera Book, London


9213, University of Brighton anniversary publication


Marcus Haydock

There's No Time For Art

Marcus Haydock’s photographs add weight to the idea that photography can be as much to do with sensing as it [...]

Marcus Haydock


The lucidity of a photographer’s attention to the world can transcend the limitations of what it is that we expect [...]