This week has been rather uninspiring. The weather has been pretty rubbish and I just feel exhausted!! But, it's a weekly photo challenge so I went out anyway. The theme of this week is "Old". It didn't seem too hard to begin with, but it ended up being a bit tricky. I first thought about the broken/burnt down pier in Brighton, although that's a bit of a stereotypical overused image. So I wanted to visit the pier in Portsmouth instead. I walked all the way down to the pier, but like I mentioned before, it was so uninspiring! Any photos I took just looked rubbish. So I continued to walk along the beach front to the war memorial. That didn't really go down well either. Again, I didn't want to take a shot of all the names on the wall as it's very over done. I continued to walk around Portsmouth for about an hour to an hour and a half, which wouldn't have been too bad if it wasn't freezing!!
On the way back I started to think about the type of photography I like and what's been recurring throughout my work. It's both landscapes and abstract photos, which is what brought me to my final idea. I decided to take photos of some wear and tear in my building. It's an incredibly old building so it fits the theme in that sense, but the wear and tear (cracks and broken bits etc) emphasize the ageing of the building.
I didn't think they worked individually to get the point across, so I created a set of three images. I made sure the lines were straight in each of the photos and instead of taking three very similar ones, I wanted to look at three different places. Two horizontal shots and one vertical, to break up the sequence. The first two are more obvious than the last one. The last one has incredible cracked detail on the green tiles, and a crack just above on the white wall.
I think it's a bit of a different approach to the theme. Instead of going for something more obvious, I looked at what type of photography I enjoy and from that I was able decide on what to shoot.
As part of my photography course, I have to track my development on a blog. The posts from September 2011 until January 2012 are part of a module called Project Management, for which I was required to work in a group of eight students to create an exhibition. The blog followed every step we took in order to create a successful gallery. The blog posts starting from September 2012 follow my final year on the course. I'll be documenting my research and analysis of my final year projects, as well as include notes of my Professional Practice unit - which prepares us for a range of post graduate options. Finally it also looks at a project called New Creatives, where I'll be working alongside an artists to help college students get more involved with art.