‘Scene for a small crime’ by Alan Dunn

What is a photography? An art or another way of transmitting information between generations? Only you decide what you see in those big or tiny pieces of paper. Alan Dunn once found a photo from police archive and he saw there one thing that changed his entire life. That was an image of a crime scene. Alan believed there were too many details press would never highlight and victim’s relatives would never discover.

So he started his mission of archive of investigating the West Yorkshire Police to re-examine crime photographs from the 1950s. He wanted to share something secret with rest of people.

Scene for a small crime
Scene for a small crime

The time

This was the very first thing one noticed looking at his photos. It seemed like there was a huge gap between how this world looked now and then. Not only people, but many have objects changed too and this difference is drastical.

A single glance on those images was enough to define the epoch they were taken at. What is more important, any visitors notice a so-called ‘state of mind changes’. Criminals of the past were more primitive than the ones we face today. Sissy and wily, they create thorough plans for their crimes.

Maybe, their ‘colleagues’ from the past worked out every detail too and it is only a matter of intellect of the whole nation that has enhanced since that time,

Scene for a small crime
Scene for a small crime

The place

Visitors of exhibition have recognised some of those places in Dunn’s photos. Some of them are visited by many of them almost every day. What is even more interesting, they still remembered them the way they are in Alan Dunn’s photos, but nobody actually notices how seriously those have changed over 60 years.

Those photos reached their aim making people think on how short our lives actually are. And that we do not really mean big for this world. As many things are still there after our death and day by day they meet new visitors, change from inside and outside without even noticing those human life losses.

This blood-chilling truth is one of the reasons for many people to stop and look around for a while. A pitch point, that requires certain changes. It is actually an effect each throwback has on us.

Scene for a small crime

The location

Alan Dunn wanted as many people as possible to see his artworks. Choosing between various options he thought that would be great if he managed to bring those photos to some public place. So he took it to Platform 3, Bradford Interchange, Bridge Street, Bradford BD1 1TU.

Visitors could see all showpieces for free. Only train ticket could be required. Dunn believed that was a good and wise thing to do. In the rush at railway station passengers should have an option to stop, take a deep breath and at least for a while leave all troubles behind.

Did he hit his aim? We don’t know, but at least we can be sure he did a good job which definitely made a few people stop and think on where they were moving. And it is not only about the trains.