The speed-bump of frustration!

Getting somewhat frustrated with work and in particular the weather interrupting and preventing me from being  able to get out to take my images for the “Square Mile” assignment. So I have made a  decision today to progress into the Part 1 exercises as I need to have a sense that I am achieving something and not wasting my time.

I am continuing looking for influence and inspiration online for this project and I have had some luck in finding some lovely documentary projects at the Amber Online website. I know in my head what I want to photograph it is just being able to get out and find it.

I live on what some people would consider the edge of the green belt. The Hart District has been vote the best area to live in the UK 5 years running. It is generally a well kept area and has no swathes of derelict buildings or much in the way of visible social issues (other than the occasional reports of vandalism, theft or anti-social behaviour).

I have been following local police and council incident reporting for several weeks to see if anything happening might be of interest or unusual, somewhat like Weegee listening in on the police radio transmissions. However most of the reported incidents (are for the most part viewed as an outsider) could be considered as trivial, such as; potholes, cracks in the pavement, overgrown hedges, fly tipping etc. Though I am in no way saying that the incidents are considered trivial to the people who are reporting them. Therefore I am on the lookout something different like: the distressed, the damaged, the unwanted and the out of place.

Amber Online

While searching for some other inspirational material for the “Square Mile” Assignment I came across Amber Online.

To quote from the website:

Amber Online
Amber is a film & photography collective based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England. Amber Films, Side Gallery and Cinema are all part of it.

• Over 28,000 photographs, 100 films – 400 individual stories and a single coherent narrative;

• A constantly growing body of work, documenting NE England and reaching beyond;

• Sustained for over 45 years – one of the most remarkable bodies of work in the history of documentary.

(Amber Online 2016, 2006)

This appears to be a great resource for images of North East England for many genres.

Reference:

2016— (2006) Amber Online. Available at: http://www.amber-online.com/ (Accessed: 23 June 2016).