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Evaluation

I’ve enjoyed this body of work a lot, a lot more than I thought I would initially. I’ve never really put much thought into landscape photographs in the past, and have never really tried to create a plausible body of work, only the odd snapshot here and there. So to finally make a full body of work within the landscape genre feels pretty good. For this module, the brief asked us to look at Social and Environmental landscapes. I chose to blend the two together and photograph the town/village of Berkeley in Gloucestershire.

Berkeley, is a border town to the River Seven, very close to the Welsh border. The attraction for me with this village is it’s closeness to Wales and how it’s situated in the environment. The majority of the town is placed on the rolling hills surrounding the village centre, this causes a relatively stress and flood free environment to live in for the residents. Another main attraction to the village for me was the ease of access by road. As initial ideas led me to scouting out the A38 as it is considered a fairly dangerous road with over 50 fatalities, which led me down the A38 and into Berkeley Heath, where my images were shot. I still had fresh knowledge and thoughts of Modern Housing from our field lecture presentations where I talked about the ecological impact modern housing entitles and how they are made. With this in mind, I wanted to take a look at how villages such as Berkeley are slowly expanding and pushing out the nature surrounding it as a result of human impact on the landscape.

I went our with very clear intentions of what I wanted to photograph and how I wanted the body of work to appear. I knew what I wanted, I just had to find it and shoot it. I feel like the shots I produced to capture what I was trying to say about the impact of the town and its growing expansion as a result of interest from well off city-goers looking to settle down somewhere quiet. The main and bulk of the body of work evolves around the housing situated in the town. As it is prime real estate for those looking to settle down into the countryside. I wanted to shoot images which very clear and easy to digest, as this work would be going into a public exhibition so I would need to give the audience enough to break the images down easily. Choosing the final big print must have been one of the hardest decisions of the project as I would need to choose something visually appealing that doesn’t give too much information away. I have gone into the reason for choosing such an image in my blog posts.

What could I have done better? A lot of things, shooting more is a bit one that I should definitely had done. Shooting as little as I did was a brave move and I am not proud of doing it either. I was intending to go back to the village to shoot again but got caught up in dissertation writing as a result of poor time management. I am not happy with only shooting as little as I did. Thankfully I got enough shots that I was happy with, otherwise my time management would have screwed me over. I also found that some of my images turned out a bit soft, this is a reoccurring thing that has been happening with my camera/lens combination that I need to look into asap. Even on f10 image seemed to be a tad soft. Nothing that post processing couldn’t fix, but not good enough from a raw file. The settings were good and there wasn’t much wind, so the fault lies within my equipment, which will be rectified as soon as possible.

The end result was great, the exhibition looked fantastic on setup and open night. Well worth all the time, effort and money put into this module. It was great to see images blown up in print rather than just as pixels on a screen. It makes you appreciate photography more and makes all the stress worthwhile. There was a surprisingly good turn out also, the food and drink ran out fast and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and enjoy the company of the work also.

If I could shoot this again I would like make it more of a social documentary piece, mixed with landscape images to give it a more personal feel to the work as well as adding a human element to the work. I’m interested in continuing this body of work on now that the project is over and adding it to my portfolio website with more shots and portraits. I would also like to do this again in the summer time, shooting landscapes in winter is notoriously dull and bleak, perfect to showcase the quint essential British lifestyle. I’d love to shoot this with clear blue skies and beautiful sunshine instead of overcast days in December.

One thing I have taken from this module is the enjoyment from printing images and blowing them up to a specified size. I had never up scaled an image for print from a digital file before, so it was great fun to produce images with the intention of exhibiting them. I am very much interested in continuing to print and exhibit work in the future, it’s so much more enjoyable than seeing them on a screen. I will certainly be printing large images a lot more in the future.

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THE BIG DAY!

The exhibition went very well! A few manic days getting the print mounted and placed in the gallery, but seeing it on the wall make it all worth while. My prints location was very good in my opinion, wasn’t the first to be seen, but definitely one of the more visible ones, definitely not tucked away, which surprised me. I was situated right next to the door, on the left as you walk in, great location and with a plynth to put my portfolio box on with prints in. Opening night was fantastic, a few days before I was stressing about the money spent, if the image was okay, where it was going to hand etc, but seeing it on the wall hanging in a gallery full off excellent work made me very very happy. I loved the diverse range of photography that was on show my fellow classmates, we all did so well and congratulations to Jake & Lisa for winning best in show. I think that’s what made for such a great gallery, the range of work and our different styles. Some opted to shoot close up, such as Lisa and Aaron whereas others shot wide like Sam and I. Was a great night and luckily our work is going to be transported over to FCH library to be put straight on show after the close of the show.

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Having people approach me asking about the work was a great feeling, I’d already knocked back 3 beers so I was happy to talk for England, having to force myself to stop and ask them a question back to engage in actual conversation rather than me talking their ears off. I seemed to get a lot of interst as a result of the location, my image seemed to be the first people were engaging with as a result of the cleverly placed food table being right next to it. And the work seemed to be received very well, I did get one of two people asking for an explanation of the body of work, but on the whole I think it was delivered very well. Great turn out also, was good to see some of the lower years and different courses taking in interest in our exhibition.

 

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The exhibition as a whole was fantastic, I enjoyed seeing everyone’s enthusiastic chatting and smiles of their own work walking around and engaging with members of the public on the opening night. Doing more exhibitions like this is certainly something which I would like to keep up after university. Nothing beats seeing your image in print on a white wall, especially not on a pixelated screen. Even setting up the event was an enjoyable experience, feeling like we were doing something meaningful rather than just blogging about our work felt great. Made it much more rewarding when seeing it finalised on the wall. Next up, Degree Show – if I graduate, fingers crossed!!!

 

Construction, there’s always construction

I want to show you the thought that went into constructing the selected print to be chosen as my exhibition print. I obviously set out with the intention to photograph for print which I felt heavily influenced how I photographed this shot. Here’s a quick photoshop scribble of what I was going for.

RED = Eye catching leading lines

BLUE = Important things I want you to see

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I decided to use the telephone wires as leading lines to draw the viewers eye into the house in the foreground, which then send the eye over the background hillside cluttered with houses and onto the camper van, which then sends the eye back to the house. It creates a kind of circle for your eye. This is certainly not the only way for the image to be read, I understand that some may not read the image from left to right and may read it more conventionally from right to left. In which case, the sloping house roof top works in the same respect as the phone wires. Drawing the eye toward the hillside first and only the big white blob white is the camper van. In this instance, the wires act as a barrier to straying eyes, keeping the viewer away from the ugly chimney perturbing from the vans roof. My mistake, could be photoshopped out, but I dont want to manipulate the image in any way.

 

I feel that anaylseing your own images like this help give an understanding of what the viewer may originally see, and first impressions count for alot. So in that regards, with how the image is layed out in the frame I think it works well and puts across all the meanings and agendas that I originally planned.

 

I’ve chosen to print the image at 1000x667mm on printspaces C-type Matte finish paper. I feel the colours will stand out nicely on this paper and dont need the aid of textured/high contrast paper which I know a few classmates have gone for. Now I have to correctly sharpen it and upscale it slowly to get the highest quality image possible.

Images I want to talk about a little bit

I’ve already talked about why I’ve decided to choose the big exhibition image, but I feel there are other prints which I am going to print 10×8 which support the body of work that may need a bit of explaining also.

I feel that the images I’ve chosen are very easy to understand, that done necessarily need explaining, but these are slightly different and may need explaining to those who dont fully understand what i’m trying to say with this work. The rest I feel need no explanation.

 

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First up, the cows grazing in the field. With this shot I was trying to comment on the notion and idea of towns/villages pushing away natures boundaries due to their expansion and growth over the years. I stumbled upon this scene after walking toward the town towards the local pharmacy, which appealed to me because of the solar powered panels they had on the roof, I glance to my left to see the separation in the trees and flock of cows with the power lines behind them. In my mind it summed up exactly what I was trying to say, our civilisation is slowly engulfing and surrounding nature, outing them from their environments, it was pure luck that the cows happened to be there at that point. The shot could be better had the bushes in the foreground where not there, but I feel the houses visible and power masts symbolise the towns expansion and the hillside/cows obviously symbolise nature, slowly being moved away from their own lad by us, greedy humans.

 

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This is the same scene but a wider angle, I liked this as to me it symbolises not just what was mentioned above, but also comments on the greenbelt, privacy and the towns location much more. How you might ask? Simply because of the fenced wall, to me the fence represents many things, all of which negative. Firstly, to me it represents the green belt, designed to show a distinct difference to what is country side land and what is village land. Typically in Britain the green belt acts as a wall, with sudden changes from civilisation to emptiness. To me, this fence is that symbolic wall. I also see the fence as a wall of privacy and especapeism. Us British tend to be very protective of our possessions and our houses, its just part of our culture. The village is also surrounded by bushy, tall trees, there to act as a separation between the free country land and the housing in the village. A wall of trees as it were, the trees and wall act as a privacy feature for us to live in.

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This shot has been leveled in post processing, but this is the raw image shown, hence the dodgey horizon. When talking to the angy shop owner that I mentioned a few posts ago who thought I was photographing for the local press, she started to explain some things in the village which makes it unique and interesting, such as the stream of water that flows underneath her shop and the history within the town. This house in particular, she explained was an old mill. She was quick to point out the wheel on the right hand side of the building used to transport goods from level to level. I found this really interesting that although the building has been made to look like a typical, fairly modern house that the wheel has been kept, almost clinging on to its past. It makes me think and try to visualise the village back to times of horse and cart and how the times have changed. Its crazy how a simple wheel can make you think, isn’t it.

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This last shot I also stumbled across whilst walking back to the car. For me this summed up the whole situation of living in the hilltops perfectly with the cute bird houses acting as the perfect metaphor for what I was trying to say. Living in higher ground in safety within the trees, In many cases we’re not far off from being like animals, maybe it’s our survivalist instincts telling us to live above ground.

Regrets

Now i’ve had the chance to look at what i’ve got and look at how little I actually shot, it’s clear that I should have shot way much more. At the time I felt that I covered the town pretty good, but looking back on the contact sheets now, it would be nice to have more options available for the 8, 10×8 supporting images. I’m still fairly confident that what I want to say is still visible and easily recognisable in the images i’ve photographed, but I would have like to gone back to shoot more and get more variety. So why didn’t I?

 

In a word – dissertation. I know its a poor excuse, but the overwhelming workload of doing a dissertation, landscape module, two part time jobs and finding time to relax and sleep is extremely difficult. It’s like a big circle of neglection. When working on dissertation I feel bad for not doing landscape and when doing landscape I feel that I should be doing dissertation. I’m left feeling very de satisfied if i’m brutally honest. I’ve never been good at time management, especially under stress and this year has been full of stress as a result of the colliding modules and the upcoming exhibition hovering nearby.

Choices…

I want to talk a bit about why I chose the big final image that I did. I wanted to photograph something visually appealing that the public would easily be able to understand. Nothing with too much hidden meaning and agendas, for example at last years exhibition there was an image of a night time countryside hill with a dimly lit white streak going across it. Talking to the owner of the work didn’t really fill me with much more information and instead he tried to make me guess what I thought the light was. If anything it confused me even more, this is not what I wanted to do at all. I wanted to photograph in a very clearcut, straight forward way which will be easy to understand for everyone but also have enough depth to make people want to look through the rest of the prints. Eye-candy is what I was going for, which is why I chose the following image.

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I feel that it also has the most amount of visual communication to say what I want to in the project. I’m trying to comment on British society, how we live, where we live and how we enjoy ourselves and I feel this does it. It also touches on the whole environmental impact too with the telephone wires spanning the top portion of the image, a physical and prominant feature of the landscape which woundn’t have been there if it wasn’t for the development of the town. It’s difficult choosing the right image for showcasing the entire body of work, you want to open up and let people know what your story is about, but dont want to give too much information away.

 

Out of the not so many images I shot, this stood out as the most eye catching and better of the lot.

The Shoot

First shoot, I feel it went well, spent a few hours there walking around, spent some time talking to local residents who spotted me photographing and a very angry shop owner who thought I was from the local press untill I told her otherwise, then she offered me tea and scones in her shop… But the shoot went well, speaking to the resident who kindly let me photograph in his front porch was a good experience, he and his family were exactly what I wanted to talk to, retired Londoners who moved to Berkeley to settle down and enjoy the rest of their years. Stupidly I didn’t manage to be smart enough to whip out my voice recorder or switch my camera to video mode as I would have loved to shown our conversation. He explained his transition from city to village life, experience with the estate agents and settling into his new house. Was really good talking to him and he was super friendly, as was everyone I spoke to during my day visit.

 

My favourite images from the day would have to be both the first image with camper van and luscious country style house in the foreground with a glimpse of a few hillside houses spanning the hilltops as well as the road on the way in with the church on the right hand side. This shows a great view of the hilltop houses as well as a sight of the highly sort after country houses. However I much prefer the first of the two as it shows an aspect of British society which I didn’t intent to photograph upon arrival, but noticed and picked up on fast. Which is how we enjoy our holidays, camping and camper vans is more popular in the UK than anywhere in the UK with 1.2 million people camping more than once a year in 2013. Camping is a huge part if our British culture and heritage, appealing for its affordability and exploration of the UK, which has slowly died down as a result of cheap international flights etc, but the camping industry is still very much alive and well. There’s also another oldschool transit camper in one of the images which again comments on the whole notion of camping in Britain.

 

What was I going for? Well I had it in mind that I needed something visually appealing as the end result is to appear on an exhibition wall. The more eye candy, the better. I also went with the main intention to capture the environmental impact of villages like these as I had not long after done my presentation of modern housing, so all the remaining thoughts and knowledge about the damages of houses loomed over my head. I mainly wanted to capture the way villages are pushing away nature when they expand due to high demand for new and improved housing. I feel like the shot of the cows on the horizon captures this in a subtle but effective way.

 

 

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When photographing I was trying to keep the following in mind, as I knew they may play a factor when looking at them and blowing one potential image up for exhibition:

  • Keep a distinct narrative in the images
  • Lighting conditions changing (thankfully it was very overcast with soft lighting)
  • Historical value
  • THE landscape
  • Eye Candy
  • Consider output
  • Sharpest images possible
  • Role of the landcape
  • IMPACT
  • ‘how will this look on a wall?’
  • NARRATIVE
  • Highest apperture possible to get a good depth within the images (weighted tripod used)

Actual Idea

So I’ve been swapping and changing ideas over time and haven’t really found anything I’ve really been interested in enough to go out and photograph. We’ve just had our talking presentations today and my topic was Modern Housing. I’ve really enjoyed learning about how modern houses are made and what they are made from. My sisters bought a brand new built house 2 years ago, so its very revealing to finally understand what went into building that house. Which got me thinking. I want to do something around the UK’s obsession with housing and ‘the housing ladder’. It seems that, the ideological goals in life to have are do well in school, go to university, travel the world, settle down, get married and own your own home. We British are obsessed with housing, from buying, restoring and modifying our homes to drastic levels. Places like B&Q will never go out of buisness…

 

New build housing are appealing to me to photograph, but with so many advancements and the sheer quantity and rate they’re built at, im sure everyone knows the impact of modern new build houses are. So I want to look at prime real estate, something which is now worth a hell of alot more than what was orginally intended. For this i’m going to have to travel into the countryside a bit more as the countryside is home to some of the most desirable homes in the country, specifically the Cotswolds due to its location and surrounding areas. I want to photograph places where those fortunate enough to, settle down in the quiet, picturesque countryside.

 

For this I have chosen to photograph the town of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, because of it’s hillside location, high house prices and accessability by road, all selling points which im sure the estate agents love to plug. For the most part, Berkeley is situated in rolling hills, with many houses occupying the hillside overlooking the village, this is it’s main protection from flooding. Berkeley is relatively clear from flooding as a result of it’s location near the River Severn, aided by nearby flood defences on the Severn Way. (shown in the Environment agency’s map) House prices in the area range from £430,000 – £200,000 for a 3 bed house, obviously this number fluctuates year after year and there are many different aspects which go into determining house prices, but it is still fairly high. Here’s two examples from online ads (below)

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What am I going to be looking at in Berkeley? After our presentations I am interested in how the expansion of villages and towns are forcing nature and wildlife further afeild and the environmental impact of such things. I also like the fact that most of the homes are situated in the rolling hills, almost reminds me of medevil times where humans would migrate to the safest place least vulnerable from attack. In short I want to look at our housing, our location, our physical impact and natures relationship with regards to its green belt surrounding villages like these.

Photographer Reasearch

Simon Rowe – Local Authority

http://www.simonrowe.co/Local-Authority

 

Simon Rowe photographs a council estate in London, showcasing the stark reality of not only the environment, but also of the inhabitants, gaining access into the lives of a select through who call the estate home. The estate is due to renovation which will leave it’s habiters without a home, the body of work paints a picture of the views the residents share within the estate. The body of work is beautiful, showcasing the personalities and  expressing the visuals of the ‘rough and ready’ qualities that the estate shows. The mixture of greatly composed landscape images of the flats with the crisp, stunning portraits of the residents gives us a far better understanding of the estate as a whole, who lives there, how they live and more importantly gives us a personal, relate able experience which we can all share. The body of work not only shows the investment of rebuilding and investing into improving the area but also highlights some of the key social and political problems which surround the estate, and estates similar to these around the country. Such as poverty, unemployment, boredom and privacy which the constant reminders of cctv cameras within the project, showing us that the government is watching. I love the body of work and it really does bring back memories of growing up in London next to places such as these.

 

Richard Billingham – Ray’s a Laugh

I’ve been researching alot about Billinghams work due to dissertation and i’ve slowly started to appretiate the work steadily more and more each time I look at it, not only for the photographing values, but also the bravery of showcasing ones family to the world to see in this manor. Billingham showcase life growing up in the late 1990’s with an alchoholic father Ray in a poor household in Birmingham. The body of work simply shows his family in an unconvensional manor but striking portraits of his immediate family living in a poor household. I’m sure by now everyone has seen the Ray’s a Laugh series, so I wont go any further into the project, but I want to look a little bit into how it can relate to landscape and commenting on the political issues that arise when looking at poverty. The opening image of the book is an image of the street taking outside his window in the flat, rich with colour structure and straight away gives us perspective as to the living conditions, with the large shadow of the block of flats lingering over, almost as a metaphor for the poverty lingering over these residents lives (at least in my mind). Landscape images also need to narrate some sort of story (well they done need to, but I would like mine to) Billinghams opening images does exactly that. The work is then followed by showing us his family. The body of work as a whole comments on the political situation at the time within the UK’s govenments policies to the working class. It brings it’s argument across very well, without the need to backup the intension with text. Ray’s a Laugh makes us question the state of poverty striken households and begs us to question change. A great, well executed photostory with many agendas and meanings.

 

images from: http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/richard_billingham.htm

 

Isidro Ramirez – 360

http://isidroramirez.com/?works=360

 

Isidro’s body of work, 360 captures buildings in East Berlin which are by nature very dull, which comes from their construction in former USSR times. Isidro photographs each corner of the naturally unappealing buildings and layers the images ontop of each other to give us a unique look at the buildings structure and aesthetics. the body of work gives as a view which can be hard to digest at first but gives us a new, very much experimental way of looking at political problems we face. Looking at East Berlin’s history with USSR in this way is a very unique and certainly clever way of questioning and rasieing discussion about the topic, much more so than generic photography of the buildings. I like Isidros work as its shows us that there are many ways to look at photographing something whilst still maintaining your intentions within the frame. 360 offers a way of opening our minds to being more experimental and creative with our photographic process. Which is why I have chosen to look at this body of work – to be more creative.

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Isidro Ramirez – Closed for Winter

http://isidroramirez.com/?works=closed-for-winter

 

 

I want to look at another body of work by Isidro, as they both carry very strong agendas but show them in two drastically different ways. Closed for Winter is a project about his home town, Cadiz, Spain during the off holiday season and how it takes its toll on the environment. The body of work depicts environments which in peak holiday season would attract up to three times the towns population with bustling holiday makers. Isidro has cleverly captured these scenes from 1999-2001 within the off season of tourism removing the human element from what should be heaving with people enjoying their holidays. The lack of human interaction and presence offers spooky yet visually rewarding experience, which makes me question what the owners of these businesses do during the off season, how do they survive without tourism? The body of work closely resembles that of Martin Parrs holiday resort images in my mind, showing the exact opposite to his images. The body of work also shows a direct separation between the ideology of fun holiday resort environments, as Isidro comments in his introduction: “But however special these long summers were, a bittersweet feeling always lingered. We knew that after this short and intense burst of activity, once September arrived, we would be abruptly returned to the tedious routine of our off-season lives”. Great body of work with clear narrative and well thought out concept, really enjoy both Closed for Winter and 360 for expanding my mind and trying to look at situations in a unique way.

 

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John Davies

http://www.johndavies.uk.com/

 

 

One does not do a photographic set of landscapes of Great Britain without looking at the work of John Davies. Davies work captures beautifully rich images of Britain from the early 1980’s to 2009 showing various parts of the UK and making continues comments throughout, each images representing as a different topic of discussion. Davies work is now seen as historical artefacts of Great Britain and will be on show in Dubai in March 2016. Davies work captures Britain in an innocent light, showcasing what once was and what is now. I would love to see Davies photograph in cities in the present day. Every photograph has a different meaning and talking point behind it, the image in Hulme, Manchester is so far my favourite, showing an emerging Britain lifestyle in a way which I’ve never seen before, big expansive land surrounding the isolated house on the right and empty roads, i really enjoy these images. I also love the way that Davies photographs looking down on the landscape, which exemplifies the feel of the images and makes the viewer feel powerful, as looking down on things gives the impression of importance. For Davies, getting high is his technique on photographing landscapes, almost every shot of his are from a higher than eye-sight level, which I adore. Davies work shows us how many different meanings within the images but also shows us a new and simple way of giving the viewer the impression of being in control, by forcing them to look down. Great stuff!

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Maximus Chatsky

http://maximuschatsky.com/

 

I was looking through the Cargo Collective website one evening looking for inspiration when I stumbled across this Russian photographer called Maximys Chatsky, his photographs of blocks of flats in Russia are very visually appealing to the eye. The symmetrical traits they have remind me that or architecture design and mathematics, which is odd considering the age of the buildings, but to me they scream precision to make use of as much space as possible. The structure and texture of the images jump out of the screen to you, very nice images indeed. In terms of his photographs, in my mind at least, less is more. They less things in the foreground to distrcat you, the more powering and impactful the image feels. Having said that, I love the shot with the bright green and yellow cars contrasting the green trees ontop of the green panels of the flats, fantastic.

 

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Landscape, what automatically springs to mind for me a greatly composed, highly detailed Ansel Adams-est photograph with rich, beautiful colours bursting with vibrance. It is our challenge to produce something similar in the heart of England’s winter time, overcast days, 3pm sunsets and all round misery. I’ll try my best.

 

I’ve been looking at alot of Richard Billingham’s work recently as a result of doing a chapter of my dissertation on his Ray’s a Laugh series. I’ve been drawn into looking at Britain from an inside perspective, looking at how we actually are instead of how we present ourselves. I wonder if I can carry that across to landscape? Landscape is a very broad genre which can carry a wide range of meanings/insinuations. A landscape can comment on politics, social problems, environmental issues and of course serve as a beautiful piece of photography to hang on the wall.

 

I’ve highlighted a few on my brainstorm board which I am very interested in. Which are

  • Water sports
  • ‘Real Britain’
  • Car showroom forecourts
  • physical presence of cars on the landscape
  • Prescott Hill Climb

 

Water Sports

Is something i’ve been intersted in looking at for a long time. I watch alot of daily vloggers on youtube who do alot of surfing and travelling all over the world. It seems like great fun, but is is accessable in the UK? I know that back home in a town nearby there is an facility dedicated to wind surfing, diving and tuition. I’m interested to see how big the surfing industry is in England, and where the hotspots are in the UK. One of my freinds is a very knowledgeable surfer, so I may message him to pick his brains.

 

‘Real Britain’

What I mean by ‘Real Britain’ is to show how we are instead of how we are perceived to be through television shows etc. British unemployment percentage is now at 5.4% of the British population in 2015. I want to look at poverty in Britain in terms of how it is affecting the landscape for example, the streets, the block of flats, the separation of classes and the physicality of being poor in Britain. It is something that I’ve been bought up around and can sympathise with growing up in Dagenham, East London as a kid. Coming from a poorer, working class family helps me to be empathetic and understand poverty much more than any other type of social documentary style. In a way, I want to replicate the thoughts of my childhood, growing up in a town surrounded by crime, drugs, poverty and desperation to do well in life. Im proud of where I come from and how I was bought up, I want to reflect back on that with a camera, to capture the feelings I have toward poverty.

 

Car showroom forecourts

Im starting to think that its physically impossible for me not to think about cars on any introduction to a project… Its something I love and will continue to love until im old and brittle. Car showrooms, much like housing in the UK are all relatively similar in how they are constructed but are completely different when it comes to interiors/representing themselves. They all have their own little personalities if it were, whether that be boring and dull German manufacturers or exiting and exotic Italian manufacturers they’re all different. I also want to look into why there are so many, the second hand car market is sure enough greater than buying a brand new car. Much more people can afford a second hand car, there’s much more choice and flexibility is there when it comes to the asking price. I want to know more, as to why brand new car showrooms span the country in ways that they do.

Physical presence of cars on the landscape

Smog, pollution and petrol stations are only partly what i’m thinking of here. I want to look at the prescence of roads, highways and how they are strategically placed around/through valleys for convenience. We can get from one end of the country to the other in a fairly direct manor nowadays, I want to examine the importance of roads as a lifeline to our expanding population and greed for overseas products etc.

 

Prescott Hillclimb

I’m almost ashamed of myself for living in Cheltenham for almost 3 years without ever going to the Hillcimb, literally a few miles away from me, shame on you Matt! The history that this track carries fascinates me, with its first event held in the 1930s… 1930s!! I love to prestigious atmosphere of oldschool motorsport heritage and Prescott Hillclimb is by far the king of motorsport heritage in the UK. I want to photograph the track more than the actual event/cars themselves, as relatively speaking, the track remains as it was from decades ago whereas the cars and technology that races around advances year on year. I want to photograph the track surface, barriers and surroundings to examine the history which engulfs this track. Silverstone boasts to be ‘the home of British motor racing’ but in my opinion Prescott wins hands down for being the true birthplace.