Damaging history

by thebeautifulpeopleblog

Since I first discovered the People of India volumes in 2005 I have now spent hour upon hour in the archives of Birmingham library. I have slowly turned the pages of these books as I searched for places and faces that I recognise. No matter how carefully I have tried not to spoil these precious artefacts, every time I have turned a page a creek or a crack of the dried gum binding that runs down the spine of each book reminds me that as an archaeologist searches for evidence of the past he also destroys much of the present.


As I lift the books to put them back on the shelf dust remains on the table.


Jason Tilley