Friday, 4 February 2011

Daniel Meadows: The Bus

As I have been discussing I have been thinking of ways of making my portraits more interesting, and have been looking into the idea of documenting the passage of time. Daniel Meadows project 'The Bus' is perfect example of the use of this technique in documentary photography:

Meadows started the project in 1973 when he converted an old double decker bus in to a moving darkroom and living space in which he toured the UK. He intended to offer free portraits to members of the public in the hope that he may be able to gain an insight in their lives. In 1994 Meadows found his forgotten portraits which shortly became critically acclaimed. However Meadows wondered what had happened to the people in the photographs and embarked on mission to find them. The book features the then and now photographs as well as interviews with the subjects. The project was completed in 2001.
Although my time scale is no where near that of Meadows the principles are very similar. Meadows has documented the change and growth of people where as my own work is more concerned with the change of space and the growth of plants in order to portray the real character of these people and their allotments. I like the idea of including interviews of the subjects, something I had intended to do. I also like the way Meadows has displayed the images side by side so you can really see the change. This idea of documenting the passage of time and revisiting changed space is something that is used quite a lot in historical practice but rarely in photographic, I think this is why Meadows images are so striking.

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