Through the use of staged photography, this series of photographs explores the social, physical and psychological relationship between the individual and urban space, focusing on notions of conformity and alienation. Staged photography allows for an interpretation of the real, externalising an individual’s internal state of mind, creating an ambiguous relationship between the psychological and actual reality. Normally occupied spaces are depicted deserted to comment on the feeling of solitude in a world full of people.”
I found christopher’s work a few weeks ago and just realised I had never mentioned it here. I felt a similarity between our work when I read the statement above. Although he is looking at urban spaces, I’ve just been looking at the other end of the spectrum (barren landscapes). The similarity in our work comes across from the emptiness of the space with the prescence of one character, interacting with the space. It’s very deadpan, almost humorous in the way he crosses the line from the reality of the space and the psychological thoughts from the individual. His comment on the occupied spaces being depicted deserted to comment on the feeling of solitude in a world full of people, links closely with mine in that the spaces are always empty, with no human contact. They are commenting on the lack of it really. I think next in my work I’m going to be incorporating more than one person to comment on their relationship, pushing it further than the emptiness of their contact.
Hannah Starkey’s images for me have a strong voice for women, looking at all sorts of characters; though she seems to focus on women from their 20s-30s. From, university parties to motherhood, she has quite a spectrum of women that she comments on. The two images of hers that I love the most are the last two I’ve shown here. The first one of the two, is a cover of the book of Susan Bright’s Art Photography Now, with a further few pages inside on her work with women in office spaces. I much prefer the cover image with it’s domestic and childish themes, there’s something about how parents are transported into this world of children where these characters become their best friends. I find it interesting that it is unsure whether it is a man or a woman, after close inspection the excessive arm hair hints to me that is a father figure. For me the image is about how he becomes just this character in the story of the child’s life. The stories about Miffy (the rabbit), are about her day to day life, the up’s, down’s and the friendship that she finds along the way. They are about life’s lessons. Surely our parents are the ones who are meant to teach us these lessons, so therefore I think this is a comment on who should be or who actually are teaching children life’s lessons. The second image for me is so beautiful, in it’s colours and it’s texture. We can see it is in some sortof office from the table in the corner of the frame, then we can see this map is infact allover the wall from the plug sockets in the opposite corner. It all points towards being overwhelmed and lost, from the maps complexity and intimidating boundary markings. I think for a mother this is perhaps how she feels with her child and the world around her. Her facial expression has a certain level of concern and deep thought, perhaps out of a window looking at the bustle of the world. In here, in this space, she seems at least able to sit and contemplate whereas I’m sure in other situations you wouldn’t find the same balance of calm and confusion.
I found it rather difficult to find Sarah Jones’ work, which was unusual as I had seen her work many times before. The last two images I show here, are from a series I hadn’t seen before, which is similar to what I was thinking of trying with my portaits, to take the images in the dark with strong flash. However, I think with her work she has used studio lighting as it is quite a wide, strong and diffused light source. It could be that there are more than one lightsource. Sarah often uses more than one individual in her work, focusing on the tension and relationship between the adolescents.