Unit 33 lens based image making critieria P 1,2,3,4,5
When we first looked at this project the choices were far-reaching. People and Environment covers such a wide gamut of topics and possibilities for subject matter that it did, at first, seem overwhelming. So I decided to break down some of my favourite ideas into a Chart and began to pick away at them in finer detail.
Given my previous reluctance to Image people, I quickly discounted several ideas on the board and some may see this as a mistake including myself in some ways As I found some later confidence to go and do some street imagery with total strangers in London which I enjoyed and found to be a lot safer and easier in approach than I had imagined. You can see the outcomes HERE.
Prior to my decisions about themes, and probably a good influence, I had been researching work by Robert Adams and Stephen Shore amongst others and the work they all did documenting the increasing urbanization and encroachment on the natural Landscape from mankind.
I decided to pay a loose sort of homage to the theming and style of some of those great images by completely turning them on their head and showing how nature is reclaiming what mankind left behind when they were finished with the areas of land they had encroached on.
Intention….To portray decay and dehumanisation
With this in mind I researched desolate areas… Urban wastelands and places long forgotten in the eyes of most of the general population. It was then I remembered going to Dungeness as a boy with my dad to fish…. Dungeness is officially classed as a desert.. The UKs only one in fact, a former army training base… A set off point for the D-Day landings… A thriving fishing community… all of which is long gone and now it is a huge nature reserve with a rather imposing nuclear power facility at its tip. The landscape is pebble and rock for miles littered with small shacks, old railway carriages, boats and boat winches all of which are rotting and rusting away unused for decades and slowly but surely being reclaimed by the natural environment… Man is no longer master here… now there’s a project title.
The place was, as I remembered, quite sparse and somewhat serene in its quietness and stillness. I initially drove down for a reccy and to shoot hoping for looming clouds and sunless skies to add some drama and a foreboding sense of doom to the images I had envisioned. I was met with bright blue skies and high sun which to honest completely threw my ideas up in the air but open a new door.
I proceeded to take images of areas and objects and the theme began coming together as I had hoped and using my 10-18mm and my 18-135 with an nd filter and tripod in tow I managed an array of angles and shot styles which i really enjoyed finding and doing (particularly a wide shot of a T tower which was very reminiscent stylistically of a Vegas desert structure)
As you can probably see from the selection above there are some grey skies in a few and this is down to a return visit where the weather decided to do a complete uturn and be cloudy and dull rather than the clear blue skies i needed for reshoots….theres a lesson here….
So now we have images its time to select them and with that in mind I printed the selection I had lightly edited as 9×6 prints and took to the class for my classmates to look at and give opinions to consider. I will then re-edit the final images into a cohesive and flowing set with similar theme, tonality and colour which I will blog about once done along with the edited images.
For printing I am thinking of 12×8 which is as near as I can get really to the A4 size for the project but I will be looking at potentially adding borders and printing larger but this may be prohibitive as spome of the images are crops of larger pictures for artistic and visual effect.