Part Three: Fictional Texts
Assignment 4 – Image and Text
For this assignment I was required to create a series of images where text is introduced to the image. In the assignment brief it said that the text didn’t have to accompany the finished images, but for me the text is just as important as the image itself; so I early on that I would be including the text with the images.
I started by writing down ideas for this assignment; I found it very open for interpretation, which allows freedom as to the subject. I wanted to explore the notion of identity in places. In particular, I decided to pick a theme of lost identity. Identity is everywhere; it is not just associated with people. I decided to use the text to explain what the place once was. I was inspired on the wording for my text, from the Nikon adverts; “I am a Nikon”. For my text, it becomes “I am a…” and then what the site was to begin with.
I wanted to create atmospheric images, which I would achieve by using filters, such as the Lee Natural Density. I used manual mode on my camera. The brief said aim for a set of 7 to 10 images, I took this as a guide as I ended up with 15 images.
As I would be photographing buildings and landscapes, I looked into architectural photographers. One was Nicolas Grospierre. Grospierre is a Swiss photograph born in 1975. His images concentrate on angles; he uses architectural plans as his inspiration for his compositions. He describes his work as “On one hand documentary…and on the other conceptual”. I partically like his images of the sides of building, showing the windows, as the windows can show a lot about a building. Another was Daniel Hewitt. Hewitt wasn’t always a photographer; he started off studying architecture, philosophy and law. His background in architecture has influenced his images. I like the way many of his images combine nature and the buildings that have invaded that space. He concentrates on the urban cityscape, primarily in England. For example his image combines the modern architecture with the trees. When I first looked at this image, I thought that the tree were a huge distraction but the longer I looked I realized that this combination of architecture and nature works, as it shows the two cohabiting together.
Grospierre, N. About. [Online]. <http://www.grospierre.art.pl/about/> [Accessed: February 2017].
Hewitt, D. Profile. [Online]. <http://danielhewitt.com/Profile/> [Accessed: February 2017].