The details of exactly what happened are still hazy but yesterday Saleem approached me with a very self-satisfied look and a black tote bag containing my prints, the Psychogeography paperback and my notebook. A very happy day. Continue reading BoW notebook retrieved!
It is hard to get away from colour in this project but, inevitably, some of my portrait subjects translate well in black and white and the act of desaturation pulls the image back to basics without the gloss. My next challenge is to persuade some of these lovely people to stop smiling for a few … Continue reading Portrait experiments #3
In keeping with my idea to use something distinctive within the gardens as a backdrop, I shot some portraits in front of the caravan. It was a rather awkward space for me so the wooden panel lines are not horizontal which I think may bother some viewers but I like the dynamism of it. I … Continue reading Portrait experiments #2
The feedback from my tutor and student peers has been that the portraits could be a strong anchor for this project. I do not want to lose the unique sense of place and will need to experiment with some strategies to incorporate the junkyard aesthetic but, for the moment, I am working on the human … Continue reading Portrait experiments
Wendy challenged me to try to get some shots of the garden from above to describe the structure better. Via the excellent Next Door community, I connected with a kind man, living in a flat overlooking the gardens, who agreed to let me shoot from his office and bathroom windows. It doesn’t fully achieve the … Continue reading NCG from afar
It has taken quite a while but I have finally settled on a title (or at least a working title) for my BoW. Creating a group on Facebook (mainly for the denizens of the gardens rather than my lovely echo chamber) helped to focus my mind. More importantly, I want to apply to our local … Continue reading A working title, finally…
For a recent visit to the gardens, I took along all my prints of my BoW images so far to discuss with Saleem and get some feedback from some of the other regulars. It was a busy day and I’d not yet had chance to show anyone my prints when a fight broke out and … Continue reading A major setback