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.

Rain stops play …. for a bit

My intended Sunday wander around my square mile is delayed by rain, that horrible fine rain that gets in everywhere….

I am thinking that the rain might enhance some images, but as I am still a bit unsure as to how I want this assignment to run I think I am better utilising my energy more constructively.

Hopefully it will brighten up later. Therefore I will turn my attention today to doing some research and working on a study plan to cover the next few weeks.

It did stop raining and I did get out with my camera for a while (before starting again). I decided to explore the roads leading to the Shepherd Meadows Nature Reserve (via the railway foot crossing) and the reserve itself. The rain made everything feel fresh and it made for an enjoyable walk.

However I have yet to review my images taken today as I got wrapped up sorting out images I had taken at at family event on Saturday. I think I may explore some other parts and review the images as a whole. I have an idea of what I want my set of images to be based around, “the out of place and damaged“. There were a few of things that caught my eye, a traffic cone in the middle of a meadow, a wooden fence that had been partially burnt and a life belt in the water on the lake. I want to see if I can build on these to make a set that works.