Some questions for you...well, me...that are bobbing about aimlessly in the murky shallows of my head.
- How do you bring your own voice to a generic or shared landscape?
- How do you take a picture of a scene and make it say something unique or individual?
- How do you make it interesting to yourself but to others too?
- And when you have something to communicate, how do you express it in a picture?
The motivations for my work to date have either been personal...or I choose topics that I find unusual, funny or that I am simply drawn to. However with the landscape I haven't yet been able to make the transition from taking spontaneous images, to one that reflects my relationship with it or a specific view of it. So far, I have got ideas but beyond the project work, I haven't got out and taken any images for the assignment work...I think I am guilty of not properly 'seeing' my surroundings...consigned to fleeting views out of the window whilst taxiing children to and fro...I'm sure I'll get there...just looking for inspiration right now.
Some interesting intepretations using the landscape as a canvas below:
- Almagul Menlibayeva: mythological narratives placed and staged in the her native Kazakhstan ravaged by 60 years of Soviet occupation.
- Marc Baruth (full interview): sophisticated blending of images inspired by landscape painters. In his words:
'reality is always mere allegation, and in my works, I absolutely deny constructed reality, which may at best be found in the presentation of a tiny, actually photographed element'. From this accumulation of small, 'real' elements comes something which presents itself as reality or at least something clearly defined, like a landscape painting.'
- Polixeni Papapetrou: makes images with identity and contemporary culture focussing on childhood and childhood memories. Interesting series with the animals masks!
- Jennifer Hudson: takes inspiration from the themes of faith, intricacy of personal relationships. Beautiful finish to the images.
- Gregory Crewsdon: clearly a master at creating narratives in an sub-urban landscape