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A Few Questions…

I am a bit bored, and my ‘blog needs feeding. So, just for the bants (as they say) here are a few photo related questions…

What got you into Photography?

I had always liked taking snapshots as a child, though at that point I had never really considered much about what they could be other than a record of things I had seen or done.  In relation to what I do with my Saturated Imagery project, my interest grew through my interest in ethnography and particularly what visual cues from the environment are able to tell us (or not) about the people and societies who live there.

What’s your camera of choice?

This is a difficult question, as I use so many.  I use a Canon EOS 60D for a lot of my work as it is a great camera with pretty much all the bells and whistles of the EOS pro models but at considerably less cost and weight. I use Praktica TL series bodies quite a lot, particularly for monochrome and IR work – they are robust, and the angled shutter release allows me to confidently bring the shutter speed down to 1/15s without blurring the image.  I also use a huge number of basic point and click toy cameras, or advanced compacts for specific effects, the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim being an example of this.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

Image of light streaks formed by a bus moving at speed
Streaking Bus in Headingley – Polaroid 900Z. Night Mode Flash, Agfaphoto Vista+ 200.

As I said before, much of my interest comes from an interest in ethnography. So the way that people interact with their environment is a big inspiration, concepts such as Henri Lefebrve’s  representation of space/spaces of representation and David Harvey’s ideas of consumption and reproduction of spaces. I like ideas of time-space compression, and different ideas of beauty in space. This stems from a big interest in realism – for example an image such as the one here shows a bus at speed with the light trails from a long exposure. Susan Sontag argued that images are a slice of time and space, but we live in four dimensions and a snapshot might not display reality. This image clearly does not depict a bus in real terms – one cannot directly image a light trail as a discrete temporal point, and one does not see light trails in this manner, but the image carries far more of a sense of a bus rushing past on a dark night than a static short exposure shot. Continue Reading “A Few Questions…”