Gawain Barnard

The Gawain Barnard image I have chosen is one from his series of images titled “Boredom to Burn“.

(Gawain Barnard, no date)

This project reminded me of the kind of naughtiness that kids get up to when left to their own devices (like on school holidays), when playtime leads to boredom. Memories of my brother and I using a magnifying glass on a hot summer day to burn ants or grass came flooding back. We were never responsible for any large scale damage. The aftermath of a large burn can turn up and reveal all sorts of things hidden or lost in the grass over time. What drew me to this collection was the variety of subjects revealed, and for me in particular this hand saw. This picture for me generates questions such as:

  • Why a saw?
  • Who lost it?
  • When was it lost?
  • Was it looked for?

I find myself attracted to the odd and out of place and hence to this image.


Gawain Barnard (no date) Available at: (Accessed: 27 June 2016).


Keith Arnatt

The Keith Arnatt image I have chosen is one from his series of images titled “Miss Grace’s Lane“.

(Arnatt, 1986)

I was drawn to this image as it seems like any old piece of waste ground that I might find in my local area. The broken red racket immediately focuses my eye, which then progresses towards the sunlight shining on the hedge. From here  the path / track leads out of the picture left or right. You are presented with a decision on where to go, but for me my eye favours the broken ground  in the top right corner. For me a triangle of interest is formed between the racket, the sunlight and broken ground.


Arnatt, K. (1986) Miss Grace’s lane Available at: (Accessed: 27 June 2016).

Seeking influence and inspiration

I looked through the list of photographic artists provided as potential inspiration for the ‘Square Mile’ assignment and I was very much drawn to the some of the works of; Gawain Barnard, Keith Arnatt, JH Engstrom, Tom Hunter and Jody Taylor.

With this in mind I created a mood board on Pinterest of some of the images from projects of the above artists. My aim was to view the images together as a sort of oversized contact sheet to work out why I liked some more than others.

I plan to select an image from each of the photographers on my Pinterest Mood Board and try to explain why I like them.

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.

Mood board “Square Mile”

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.

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.


Assignment 1 brief

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)

Expressing your vision (2015) Available at: (Accessed: 9 June 2016).