Andrew coming in to talk to us at university was great, immensely well produced, well structured and greatly executed images caught my attention. He sparked something in my mind when he was talking about photographing the fire department in his early photography career when he was discussing the topic of wanting a certain image more than anything in the world. He was talking about this scene were an unfortunate elderly woman stood out watching her house engulfed in flames. He explained that he was in such a photographic state of mind that all he could think about was getting the shot and producing the goods as it were, all moral and emotional sympathy had for the time being resided. All he wanted was to get the shot he was looking for. This sparked something which I felt greatly about and was actually the starting point of my dissertation, in essence discussing the theory of how photography disjoints yourself from reality and the outside world.
Moving on to the work, one series grabbed me especially.
The Hidden Landscape
The images are very simular to what I want to achieve, roughly the same location and the personality/tough boy persona is also comparable in the subject I hope to photograph. I really enjoy the way Andrew has created this body of work, using details such as the way the men sit on the stairs together as a way to add narrative, as well as a peek into their homes. The body of works gives us a great insight into the lives of these young men and their emotions, however much of a front they decide to cast upon themselves. I really enjoy the way in which the images are shot also, fairly wide angle, some with a little depth of field but not too much and greatly composed. Another shot I really like is the one where Andrew photographs through people with the hand in bandages being in the foreground with the woman with her hood up being the main focus. Leading lines play a key role in photography and the reading of images, and Andrew has mastered it. As you could probably of guessed, the shot of the young man against the wall is the inspiration I used for my shot of Inan agains a similarly red wall. I will do into my image selection process in another post.
Having Andrew come in to talk to us was highly rewarding, one of the best visiting lecturers we’ve ever had in my opinion. I feel his work has heavily influenced my own work and has greatly improved my ability to photograph individuals in a unique manner.