I started to try and think in my head where the boundaries of the “Square Mile” would encompass, and what that area would contain. Some would be familiar and some not so. I then thought what the hell would I photograph! I did not grow up in this area and although living here for 15 years I have not walked around everywhere within a square mile of our home. So I have a bit of investigating to do. I think that a quick initial scouting trip around the unfamiliar areas might help. I know key points I would naturally think to gravitate towards: Train Station, Railway Crossing, The Common, Lakes & Ponds, Shops, Park, Roundabouts, Main Roads, Churches, River, Houses and their Gardens. But less sure about the people. What would make a set that would fit together as a panel that says something about my home area?
I then wrote down a rough plan of action.
- To look for a map centred on my home and work out the approximate boundaries (1/2 mile in any direction) of the target square. This will give me a better idea of where I need to go and what features would be available for me to photograph.
- Research practitioners and what their images and styles of photography convey for inspiration.
- Using the map plan a schedule to take the images. When would this be done? AM / PM, Duration of shoot? 1 hour, 1 day, or over maybe several days etc.
- What type of images to take? This will need some thought.
- Take the images.
- Prepare the contact sheets and annotate.
- Select the 6 to 12 images to submit.
- Review planning and work carried out as basis for the required 500 word analysis of the work.
I decided to crack on and find a map online which was pretty straight forward using Google. However defining the target area was a little more fiddly, but I got there in the end.
My “Square Mile” (Google maps, no date)