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Where You Had Been

Peter Todd

UK, 2005
3 minutes, Colour, Silent, 1:1.33
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm / DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Images of the interior of a house and three short handwritten messages.‘Todd’s playful commentary, occupying the space itself, hints that this brief image-diary is more than the sum of its parts: “I looked for you / But only found / Where you had been.” Suggesting not only the possibility of finding presence in absence – that is, locating and even describing a person via the effects that they leave in their wake – but of the difficulty, ultimately, of really finding; of pinning down a person, or a place, or a time, and ascribing to that a sense of the definitive, or indeed finished. And, from here, of really looking, and of really seeing, because, of course, things are in a constant process of becoming, the world in a state of flux.’Adam Pugh. Where You Had Been: Six films by Nick Collins, Peter Todd and Margaret Tait. Screening Notes. 2012.