Cat Garcia

Folio 01.Portraits

Every year, the world withers and begins anew. The seasons weave into one another, as sure and seamless in their cycle as the hour hand on a clock face. The leaves turn and fall; icicles cluster on park railings while crocuses wait, green beneath the soil, for their moment in the sun.

These are the broadest brush strokes of change. The cycle of the seasons does more than change the scenery. It is not just a team of stagehands slipping into the shadows of a four-act play to replenish the flowers and rearrange the furniture. The effects are slow; they unfold almost imperceptibly, and yet they touch upon everything: the colours of the world, the qualities of light and shadow, your mood in the morning, the clothes you put on, what you do with your day. It might go unnoticed at the time, but every year we silently recalibrate our habits, hopes and expectations on the emergence of the first daffodil.

These images pay homage to the fact that the idea of ‘quarterly’ suggests more than the dates on a calendar, but refers to the wonderful metamorphosis of the world each year – both outside our doors and inside our heads.

Folio 02.Quarterly

Folio 03.Mr Porter

Folio 04.Boys by Girls Magazine - Alex Lawther

Folio 05.Boys by Girls Magazine - Solomon Golding

Cat Garcia has documented the working lives of Britain’s most creative talents to produce this series of quietly revelatory images. Featuring some of the most pioneering minds in the fields of art, photography, design, fashion, film and more, Our Time combines candid black-and-white and colour portraits with telling incidental details from the ordinary lives of extraordinary people.

The photographs in this book don’t try to dissect creativity or explain the process of inspiration; they make no thunderbolt claims about genius. They are simply the result of time spent with 60 of Britain’s most creative people – an assortment of artists, designers, photographers, film-makers and other talents – 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.

Each of the people featured in Our Time allowed Cat Garcia to share their lives for one day, inviting her and her camera into their homes and workspaces, taking her along on their daily journeys and giving her the chance to see them at work. The resultant images are a compelling assortment of candid portraits, captured moments of stillness and telling incidental details. These fascinating still lifes from their environment (a model unicorn, a rainbow of paint pots, an antiquarian book…) offer the viewer, for one stolen second, a flash of insight into the style and surroundings of Britain’s creative generation.

Don’t open the book expecting to find sample art, finished pieces, or examples of what each contributor is ‘most famous for’. There are other books for that. Cat’s book is about the life, not the work. Above all else, it is a series of photo stories about people, a compendium of quiet revelations, the collected fragments of lives lived creatively, one day at a time.

Folio 06.Our Time

Folio 07.Ecuador