Leaflet for Shepherd Meadows, a nature reserve in my Square Mile:
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.
I have never used Pinterest before but thought I would try it and create a mood board for Assignment 1 “Square Mile”.
It will be nice to see lots of inspirational images from different photographers together, and hopefully help give me a bit of a idea on how to progress my project.
This is a work in progress and hopefully I will learn to understand and use it effectively in my studies and project work.
Assignment one ‘Square Mile’
“Make a series of six to twelve photographs in response to the concept of ‘The Square Mile’. Use this as an opportunity to take a fresh and experimental look at your surroundings. You may wish to re-trace places you know very well, examining how they might have changed; or, particularly if you’re in a new environment, you may wish to use photography to explore your new surroundings and meet some of the people around you. You may wish to explore the concept of Y Filltir Sgwar further, or you may deviate from this. You may want to focus on architecture and landscape, or you may prefer to photograph the people who you think have an interesting connection to the square mile within which you currently find yourself. You’ll need to shoot many more than 12 photographs from which to make your final edit. You should try to make your final set of photographs ‘sit’ together as a series. Don’t necessarily think about making a number of individual pictures, but rather a set of photographs that complement one another and collectively communicate your idea. You may wish to title your photographs or write short captions if you feel this is appropriate and would benefit the viewer. However you choose to approach this assignment, it should communicate something about you: your interests, motivations, and your ambitions for your photography. Think of it as a way to introduce yourself to your tutor. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to respond to this brief, as long as you try to push yourself out of your comfort zone in terms of subject matter. Try out new approaches rather than sticking to what you think you’re most successful at.” (Expressing your vision, 2015)