Samuel Ryde is a British documentary photographer living in London who uses repetition to create a story larger than the sum of its parts. Building a running narrative through the re-presentation of a subject or theme, Samuel has an obsession to document the parts of life we don’t notice. He brings life and character to objects that are, as he puts it, “remarkably unremarkable”. The Hand Dryer project records these superfluous motifs of the age of convenience in which we live. This project is testament to this idea and concept – capturing the servitude of an object that is at once as recognisable as it is forgettable. From LA to London, New York to Newport, each location reveals the character of the scene.
His latest project, Telephone Booths, throws light on our inherent ability to only see what we want to see when it suits our needs and convenience. He brings our attention to a long-forgotten friend that we have failed to notice is still here but is a literal scar in our worlds, defunct and forgotten. Samuel’s ongoing Instagram project, TwelveThirtyFourPM, aims to capture life at the same point every day. Launched in 2012, this body of work records the same time, 12.34 pm, forcing Samuel to stretch his creativity, and bringing forth the beauty of the mundane.