Week One Activity – Informing Contexts

Activity – A brief commentary that identifies the inherent characteristics and contexts of the’photographic’ nature of your own practice

If I had to describe myself as a photographer it’d be that of a landscape photographer to generalise it down. Searching within my photographic practice however would bring up ideas of spirituality, the power of nature, emotion but it was always around nature and water. We are so connected to water that it feels at home to be in and surrounded by it wherever it may be, I could go to a city or open field and feel lost, that is completely reversed with water.

Whenever I went on holiday in the past I’d always be drawn to rivers and the ocean. For hours I’d be exploring streams and rivers, that curious thought of ‘whats around the corner?’ drives me to keep walking until the sun goes down. And oceans, the thought of not being in control, and the ocean has hold of you kept me from stepping on shore for hours on end.

The never-ending flow of water inspired my last two projects of my BA and I will take part of this into the MA.

One of Szarkowski’s characteristics of the photograph includes the frame of a photo. Described below.

“The photograph’s edge defines content. It isolates unexpected juxtapositions. By surrounding two facts, it creates a relationship. The edge of the photograph dissects familiar forms, and shows their unfamiliar fragment. It creates the shapes that surround objects. The photographer edits the meanings and patterns of the world through an imaginary frame.”

For certain types of photography I’d very much so agree with the frame being a major part, creating form within. For my Airsoft photography it is crucial to help with the action shots. As for my water photography though I try to create endless frames, where the landscape would continue to show how vast and dynamic every piece of nature is.

I create photographs not from the desire to capture the world through a lens, but rather my passion for exploration and nature itself.

 

References

Szarkowski, J (1966) The Photographer’s Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York

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