The Depot, London, E5 8BQ
Nicky Hamlyn and Neil Henderson both make observational films that are most obviously documentaries when they focus on sites that are fast disappearing. Hamlyn’s Gasometers 4 is part of a series of films recording the dismantling of gas holders in North London, while Henderson’s Grain Tower centres on a giant power station chimney that has recently been demolished. In both filmmakers’ work there is a reciprocal relationship between the subject documented and the mode of shooting and editing, which often involves either a fixed stare or sequences of single frames. A broad and recurrent concern in their work is the transitory nature of objects as images and light, especially in Henderson’s reprised Candle films and Hamlyn’s fascination with filmic depiction as a mode of interplay between grain and image.