This week I have had a trip down to the Tate Modern Gallery in London, It was part of my Photographic HND course I am doing. As a group of students we where tasked with searching out primary research and inspiration for our own work. It was interesting to look at so much art work and if we couldn’t find inspiration here I don’t know where we could, some of the installation work I found went over my head but other pieces literally gave me goose bumps.My style of photography tends to lead me down the documentary portrait style and I was pleased to see a selection of work from Miyako Ishiuchi and William Eggleston.
Two images from Miyako Ishiuchi’s collection Yokosuka Story 1977 and are Photographs on gelatine silver print paper.
These two images are from William Egglestons collection From Chromes 1970-73. Photographs, dye transfer print on paper
Both these photographer appeal to me as the images are very simple but both convey life at the time they were taken, especially Willaim Eggleston all of the subjects in this collection of prints looks very personable. To me these images are beautifully natural even they are all clearly posed. When I shoot I normally shoot black and white as that is my thing but I do really love early colour prints but to me colour photography is like looking at someone else’s sandwich, theirs always looks better than whats in your lunch box. But even with todays printing technologies the prints will never compete, older original prints will always be more alive and feel more tactile in my opinion.
While I was down in London it would of been rude not partake in some personal photography of my own, so when I had an opportunity to get my camera out and below is the images I got.
Your images have a high contrast and are wonderfully dark. Could you give us a quick break down of your post-processing workflow?
I understand the need for people to ask this question. However, in my opinion, to ask entirely misses the point. My work comes with a message…a narrative that hopefully engages and absorbs. I have never and will never purport to be a Scott Kelby or the like.
Shot this today outside my house and called it “Down The Line”. When we walk around in our busy lives we never take the opportunity to stop and just look up. Today I was in the middle of editing shoot for a client and needed a break away from the Mac. It was a windy but warm autumn day and I decided to pick up my camera and take it outside, as I looked around, the light was perfect and I noticed the sky with these white clouds just blowing through. Across the road from my house is a telegraph pole, probably one of the most unnoticed things in our day to day lives. I looked up and realised as I framed up this shot, this mundane piece of wood in the middle of my street was more than that. The pole was a connection to all of us and we just take it for granted, each one of those wires is a lifeline.
These wires that look so ordinary but keep us connected to our loved ones via phone and internet, help us when we are in trouble. Burst pipes we call a plumber, feeling sick we call a doctor, this pole is not mundane and unimportant in fact this pole is a very important part of our community. If this pole did not stand outside my house, being strong and holding its wires tight 365 days of the year in all weathers, keeping us connected to the important people in our lives we would be the first to rant and complain. Why is it we take so much for granted these days, we get up, go to bed and get up again day in day out, and notice nothing. Until its gone! Yes we have mobile phones and internet these days but there are still thousands of people that rely on these extraordinary wires to stay connected.
Nothing in life should ever be taken for granted even the things we think are not important. We should stop walking around with our heads down day after day. Next time you go out “JUST LOOK UP”