A sense of Place
For this Assignment a series of photos has to be taken in a well defined place. We need to draw together all the skills learned so far, and also show what buildings and spaces mean for people. This is an assignment for an intelligent thoughtful travel publication and demanding a considered, in depth treatment.
At this point I want to apologize for the few months delay to submit my assignment. However, this happens due to the fact that I was looking for a job and the relocation from Guildford to Blackburn when I found one.
Visited the following galleries since the last Assignment submission (either I was not in the mood to take notes and just visited them for the sake of it, or when I kept they have been lost due to the relocation)
- National Portrait Gallery in London (visited early autumn, some interesting portraits connected to the Olympic games in London)
- Photographers Gallery in London (after refurbishment, early September 2012)
- Towner Contemporary Art Museum in Eastbourne (mid September 2012, I remember that I like the building but not so much the exhibition)
- Watts Gallery (outside Guildford, as a part of my volunteering, mainly features paintings of Victorian artist George Frederic Watts, really like some of his portraits)
- Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston (really like the building and the Art work)
- Manchester Art Gallery (Really like the combination of the old and the new building, like some of the photography they have and the modern art, visited it twice but need to go back again)
- Cornerhouse gallery
Other students work:
Find this in the blog of the week. Seems like a well organised blog, I think his research is well done. Kind of inspiration to do more research.
I have seen also these in the past
(seems well organised but I think the quality of the images is not great)
Not so good organised, but I have to accept that is close to my blog or how the blog was before the tutors suggestions. The photos are not too bad however in one of her submissions there are not people at all which is not what we have to submit in this Assignment. Also, some of the photos she did not submit in the final 6 are stronger than those she submitted (again I remember the same comment from the tutor in my previous assignment)
Again here we do not have so much interaction of the people and place (same of the photos absent of people, also slightly dark photos)
Looking to magazines:
I like reading on flight magazines. I am usually flying with easyjet. Sometimes the way they present their stories or describe destinations it not like a tourist magazine, but give us more insight about the character of the people and the places.
Oct 2012 (p. 74-75, 102)
January 2013 (p. 62-67)
Also the BA magazine, I could not find link to an online edition, an example I found in their website is
(Really like both photos but look like they gone to extreme in the post production of the sky)
I decided to check if I can find something relevant to the books I have. Open the “Genius of Photography” , and found a chapter called “Towards a social landscape”.
First photo in this case is “Southam Street, North Kensigton” by Roger Mayne, google it and find this link http://photomuserh.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/roger-mayne-street-photographer/
The 1st photo is the photo in the book. I think all of them are great examples of people interacting with place (of course in our day there will a possible issue with taking photos of children without permission).
Another interesting photo is the “American Legion Convention” by Garry Winogrand
or here with more of his work
Another one is by Tony Ray Jones “Derby Day”
I think in these cases it is hard to be critical as they are all masters of photography. We can just learn from them.
Furthermore, Chris Killip’s “Craps and People” http://www.phillips.com/auctions/lot-detail/CHRIS-KILLIP/UK040210/38/4/1/12/detail.aspx
The tutor suggests the following:
http://todayspictures.slate.com/resort/ ( i have seen some of the photos of this series in the past, like his work, also like some of his selfportraits)
http://simoncroberts.com/ ( I think I have seen the photos of the piers in a gallery or a book about them. Also seen the “We English” photos in the past, really like the emotions that come from his work, inspiring)
I think both photographers can inspire me to move in this direction, not so much in this project but in general in my photography work. I believe sometimes we can “see” photos like the ones presented in the “last resort” but we are shy to snap them as the object is really close to us. A skill which is not so easy to learn and need a lot of courage to overcome the boundaries that stop us from doing so.
More research follows in Appendix 1 (for a personal project)
- Anna Fox, Natasha Caruana, (2012) “Behind the image”, AVA Publishing
I really like this book as it makes clear to me the importance of research in photography