The images are a representation of spheres of shared habitats with their liminal spaces, and the demarcation of boundary marked only by the completely individual lives that occurs in each of those dwellings.
The two above photographs and beginning sentence represents what this project is about for me, and is what is displayed in the 2nd year Novis 18 photographic exhibition.
The development of this project that led to the above photographs. Firstly I have been influenced mainly by Andreas Gursky’s work for this project. The way he put’s his subject matter in context gives an impressive depiction of scale to his images, and he likes to use high and distant viewpoints.
A quote from the article on Gursky’s work, ‘He freely manipulates his images, altering the architecture of the built and natural environments, creating repetitions, deepening colours and collapsing time, in order to heighten the sense of the sublime’.
That’s is what I like most of Gursky’s work, it’s his use of repetition, pattern, colours and scale that is employed in his images. The same qualities of a scene attract myself to capture similar attributes in a photograph.
Other Photographers and research:
Cindy Bernard; from a series of twenty one photographs taken at sites used in popular movies. It’s her photographs relation to cinema and the way she depicts it that has me interested in her work.
She likes to photograph sites that have been used in films, and shoots from similar angles and using the same aspect ratio as the films themselves. Cindy Bernard believes that cities have become mytholized through cinema so they are experienced as a mixture of social memory and cinematic fantasy.
I like Thomas Struth’s work because he takes a slow and deliberate route to image taking. He produce’s large scale street photographs that depict a full visual description, to encourage the viewer to read his images as complex interactions of elements. So rather than focusing on single buildings, he likes to show architectural relationships that have accumulated over time, where the edges and boundaries are as significant as the buildings themselves, which can result in a form of social history.
As stated in my previous blogpost I have always had an interest in housing, from a young age, which developed from my observations of different styles, from travelling throughout all the regions of France and Spain.
To get started on the project I first just wanted to take pictures of groups of houses in the places I had planned such as Nottingham, Matlock, Melton Mowbray. My first aim was for a single image showing rows of houses preferably from an elevated viewpoint, but as the project developed it morphed into something which I thought better represented what I wanted to express, which resulted in the two panoramic’s for the exhibition.