Saturday, 29 January 2011

Mark Power: 26 Different Endings

A huge influence on the style of this project has been Mark Powers '26 Different Endings'. This project focuses on the imaginary boundaries created by the London A-Z. Power visited each square on the boundaires of the map and photographed what he found:

The reason these images have been such a big influence on my work is because of Powers ability to take such mundane scenes and make them facinating through his work. I feel that although Powers work based around a concept of imaginary space, not on a specific topic as with my own work, they are very similar in outcome. Both Powers work and my own focus on everyday aspects of out everyday lives. Power has taken very standard everyday scenes and shot them based around his concept, and in doing so has brought out the interesting aspects of each landscape. As with my own images the photographs in Powers series are things many people would pass by. The way Power has shot the images has been a big influence on my own work. He has shot on 10x8 in order to gain maximum quality. He has also chosen to shoot at times that when the weather is very dull, as if to mirror the mundanity of his subjects. Both these asspects are things I am focusing on within my own work, I have been shooting on medium format as this is the most cost effective and high quality format I can use. I have also been trying to shoot on days when the weather is dull. I have been doing so because I feel this is the kind of weather people associate with the British outdoors, and as such adds to the overall feel of the project.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Google Earth Allotment Images

As well as visiting the allotments I have been locating them on Google Earth and making copies of the aerial shots:

These are aerial shots of the allotments I have visited so far, My tutor advised me to do this as an alternative style of image and may be something to include in the series. Due to the nature of the different plots on each site they have a strange almost patchwork quality to them which I like. Unfortunately as they are screen shots from Google Earth I have no control over the images at all and as you can see they aren't particularly high, As well as this the Adelaide Road site is being obscured by the shadows from the surrounding buildings. Despite these factors I plan to keep capturing these images, I find them fascinating and feel they may add something to project in the end.

St. Hugh's Avenue Sheds

As with the previous plots I captured a selection of the most interesting sheds from this site:

I shot a whole role of 120mm film on this site as it was quite large and there was plenty of interesting sheds to photograph. One thing I have decided is to start using a tripod as the Bronicas' are quite hard to keep level by hand because of there opposite viewfinder. I haven't done so so far as I it is quite a bulky thing to travel with but I think it will be worth it from now on. I am still disappointed that I haven't managed to capture some more portraits despite the weather bring better. I think that going on a weekend will defiantly help with this as there should be plenty more people around. I have also got contact details of the man who is in charge of many of the plots around Leicester and I intend to ask for his permission to shot at those plots. I have also got a few contacts in Surrey that should hopefully lead to some more portraits. I also intend to visit the site in Brent Cross when I am in London next.

Eric Tabuchi: Miradors

These images are taken from Eric Tabuchis' series 'Miradors':

Eric Tabuchi is a French photographer who works mainly in this typology style. This series features these 'Miradors' which literally translates into tower or balcony, somewhere with a extensive view. There is no information about the series on Tabuchis' website but I believe the structures are hunting hides of some kind. The reason I have chosen them is because of the look of the structures and the fact they are shot in a very similar straight fashion. Although the nature of these structures is nothing like my sheds, they have a very similar rough wonkey look to them as the sheds I have been photographing. They are free from any kind of building regulation which has resulted in them being built from all sorts of different materials and in varying styles. Also the style in which Tabuchi has shot the subjects is similar to my own, positioning each subjects identically within the frame and shooting from the same angle each time. The lower image is also from Tabuchis' website and is a mock up of how he may display the images, and as you can see he has chosen a similar grid pattern to my own.

Sixth Shoot: St. Hugh's Avenue, High Wycombe

These are a selection of images from my sixth shoot. I have been carrying on with the typologies idea:

I have captured similar things to those found on the other sites. As with the others I feel that wheelbarrows have been the most successful due to their varied nature, I do also like the water cans for the same reason. Their were a huge amount of the blue barrels on this site and I captured as many as I could find. I feel that in these large numbers they are slightly more interesting. However I really dislike the idea of using this technique to bring interest to a dull subject, which is often the case, therefore I am going to stick to the subjects that I feel are individually visual interesting, rather than just in large numbers.

Alison Stolwood: Home Away From Home

These images are taken from Alison Stolwoods' series 'Home Away From Home':

These images of static caravans were photographed on Mersea Island in Essex. They explore the idea of the human relationship with the countryside and the idea of interacting with the landscape whilst only being one step away from home. Each caravan is an expression of the occupants taste and lifestyle.
I came across the series in an issue of Portfolio Magazine. The reason I have chosen to include these images is because I feel that Stolwood has captured an aspect of British culture this is often dismissed as boring but, through Stolwoods' images has become fascinating, something I am myself aiming for. They also have a very similar look to my own images, they are shot in a very uniform manner and Stolwood has used the idea of the typology as well. capturing similar aubjects. I like the idea of the caravans being a reflection of the occupants. I like to think that the sheds in my own work reflect the owners, from the neat and tidy to the disheveled.

Kingsmead Road Sheds

As with the previous sites I have photographed my favorite sheds from this site:

As with the previous sheds post all the large images here are 120mm scans and the gird is a copy of digital images to illustrate the typologies idea. Again I am very happy with the results, this plot had some really interesting sheds on it, I love the aged look of many of them, with the peeling paint giving them such beautiful texture. These images were shot early in the morning when there was still some mist in the air which has really added to the dull desaturated feel I like. I will definitely keep on with this technique. As with before there was no one on the site to take portraits of, I have a feeling that due to the worsening weather this may be a common occurrence but I do intend to shoot more where possible.