Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tanya Poll

Tanya Poll's series titled "There's No Place" is a similar project to mine, in that it contains images taken on a journey through a location. Her's contains images from London, Tokyo, Melbourne and Auckland.

I have taken an image a lot like this one for my project, but mine is a lot more colourful. I think that the image works because its really simple and its something we see everyday but don't really notice - a theme which is present quite heavily in my own project.

I think that the images in this series are interesting for one reason in particular - you have to look at them properly before you can tell exactly what it is. Tanya Poll takes images of mundane, everyday things in an exciting and different way. For example, this image of a tree was taken from the reflection of a puddle or a pool of water. Different viewpoints are something that I have taken into consideration in my own images.

This image is quite different, it looks pretty straightforward, but I think that its more about the lines produced and the composition than it is about the way the image is presented. I think that it looks interesting visually while still providing the series with some variation within the images.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Jessica Backhaus

After some discussion with a tutor, she advised me to look at Jessica Backhaus - Link HERE - in particular, her series titled "One Day in November".

I think her images are really cool and they all have a look to them that I can't quite describe. The Formalist structures are really evident in all of her images, not just the ones that I have chosen.
Her use of lines is really interesting and in the last image, the use of shadows is quite effective too. They're similar to the images I take whenever I'm out and about, which you can see on my Flickr.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

more trish morrissey

i was just scouring the web and found this:

Minus the two girls, this is the kind of location I'm gonna be shooting in. So imagine a shot like this but with a guy instead. :)



I think that whilst I have my heart set on shooting in Bushy Park (or Home Park, they're both the same.) its good that I can look at other places too. Such as Richmond Park.

Richmond Park is such a nice place. I took a Medium Format film when I was there, this was a learning curve for me as I had never used Medium Format before and I found it really quite easy to pick up.

Yeah, so. Good. I still think that I'm gonna shoot in Bushy Park. I should hopefully have photographs this weekend. Maybe on Monday if you're lucky. :)

Thursday, 3 February 2011

boom photographer binge

Trish Morrissey

Trish Morrissey's series of Photographs titled "Seven Years" are ones in which she recreates photographs from her family album, using the same location and same people, just at a later period - so naturally, the place would have changed a bit and the people will have become a lot older. I find this really interesting and it's definitely something I wish to follow. I really like that while I know it's staged, it could quite easily be a holiday snap at the same time.

Here's a few of my favourites from the series.

The idea of recreating scenes from memory fascinates me. I think its a combination of the personal memories that the photographs hold with the nostalgic feel they all have.

My childhood was all fields and  playgrounds and spending hours on end just messing around in fields and only coming home for food and then i'm back out getting muddied up. I think I might recreate this now, but as I can't physically go home and back to the locations I spent time in, I plan to recreate the photographs here in Kingston.

So yeah, this work by Trish Morrissey will probably be my main influence during this project.

John Szarkowski

Szarkowski has photographed open space really well and I think that although he used B/W film rather than colour doesn't really matter because he's still managed to capture the space really effectively. However, I think that if he did use colour then the photographs would have a completely different feel to them. There's just something special about photographing the space in B/W that would be lost if he used colour, I think.

Thursday, 27 January 2011


Hyung Geun Park
Trish Morrisey
John Szarowski
Janaina Tschape

New Term. New Project.

Imagined Places

For this project, I intend to do a series of Portraits based on places that I remember from home. Seeing as I can't physically go home to do this project, I plan on re-creating scenes from memories in a different location.

I've been on a Location hunt and I found a massive field just outside Kingston, Hampton Court Park.

It reminds me of home, somehow. Maybe it's the acres of open space that are so common at home, but are a rarity in London? I dunno, but its really quite cool and I definitely plan on using it in this project. I might even go back later and do some self portraits there.. maybe.

Another place that I often associate with my childhood is a playground, naturally. I found a really cool playground which is shockingly similar to one back home, so I may use this, too.