This week I received a wonderful bit of news. Back in June I took part in my 3rd Photo 24 in London, organised by Photography News and Nikon School. On Thurday afternoon I got a email telling me that my image “Millennium Reflection 3” was judged to be the winner of the Photo 24 2016 “Capital Reflections” Theme catagory.
Millennium Reflection 3
To say I am pleased is an understatement, as I was against over 460 other great images. My image should appear in Photography News and I also get a Nikon Coolpix P900 superzoom bridge camera.
Photo 24 is a great and challenging event which I highly recomend anyone to enter the ballot when it is anounced next year.
Tom Hunter’s “Brick Lane” project has a nostalgic documentary feel attempting to capture a fading way of life. His monochrome almost cyanotype treatment makes it feel older than it is. The colour certainly cools the mood of the image. Examination of the objects and detritus that litter the image show it to be modern. First impressions give the impression that this could be a garage sale or ad-hock market. But closer inspection show the objects to be damaged, broken, discarded or abandoned.
(Tom Hunter, 1980\’s)
The graffiti only enhances the feeling of abandonment. The old man walking through could have probably walked this route all his life. Slowly watching it decay and deteriorate as time goes by. Those who experience change over a long period to time are less likely to be shocked or surprised than those who experience the results of of this long term change for the first time. It is my impression that the old saying “Familiarity breeds contempt” rings true here.
Jodie Taylor’s “Memories of Childhood” project attracts me the same way as Gawain Barnard’s “Boredom To Burn” project. Both explore the destructive nature of boredom experienced by the young. Outlets of frustration and anger at changes they experience both physically, mentally and socially. Drives to understand and explore the limits of the boundary’s laid down by school, parents and society in general. Pushing and experiencing the melancholy of resistance and learning to accept or rebel.
(Jodie Taylor, 2013)
The need to imprint or make ones mark on you surroundings has been something that has happened since man lived in caves. Who is Mad Mikey? Did he write this or was it someone else making a statement?
The JH Engström image I have chosen is one from his series of images titled “Haunts“.
(JH Engström, no date)
This series contains a variety of images some overtly sexual and I found it hard to determine the narrative. I started to comprehend some kind of link to memories, fantasies, places been and shared experiences. I was drawn to this particular image as its faded appearance suggested the past. A nondescript estate of flats that be anywhere in the world. The bottom half of the images scrubby muddiness suggested transit and much use. While the objects in the centre first appear to be a play area, but on closer examination seem unrelated and out of place.
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.
The Keith Arnatt image I have chosen is one from his series of images titled “Miss Grace’s Lane“.
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.