Penny, they look great! Is there any chance we can see them a little bigger? Good luck with the submission!
Consider it done...
I really like them! Which is such a stupid comment, isn't it? There's something really surreal about the dog one which appeals to me—and the lighting on those bags and along the wall; and I'm also really keen on the bed one. This is not to say I don't like the others, but it's just those two which really catch me.Maybe tomorrow I will have something better to say about them—in a more grown-up, photographic way—this is just my first gut reaction to them. Thanks for making them larger!
Thanks Vicki, to be honest, I've talked so much about them I have made it pretty difficult for you or anyone else to form an objective view. Perhaps my tutor hasn't caught up with my blog and can cast a fresh eye over them....but if he has, I suspect I've cast a shadow over them sadly with regards assignment feedback. Mentally, I've been through the mill with these images and have partially consigned them to the 'put it down to experience' box without giving them a chance. I will probably look at them and the concept again in several months time. But please don't feel obliged to say anything 'grown-up', first reactions are often the best.
A dark post Armageddon world where the family of survivors live in the shadow of something very fearful. Surreal and dark, the people are not aware of this and believe that all is well. I bet thats not a bit close to your intent but the fact that there is obvious direction towards the models leads me to a story, very French, late night BBC4 sort of feeling.
Maybe not, but I like your interpretation...
The dog one really captures my experience when I walk on our local Common and see all those (often blue) plastic bags hanging from tree branches! I asked a friend about them when I first saw them and she said, "Well, they put them there to pick up on the way back". To me, your images bring up the culture shock that people (and children) might feel when they move to country living but still want to hang on to an urban lifestyle. It's like 'Cold Comfort Farm' in reverse!Catherine
Catherine, or anonymouse - I like that, the interpretations you and Nigel have made are fascinating...quite different, both equally valid, and both pick out some threads of my own thoughts, with some other angles that I hadn't thought of...it's interesting and fun to see others interpretations, but also highlights a question about how much you leave to interpretation and how much we should 'orchestrate' or 'stage manage' to communicate what we want...or is the value in not being too directed and then more is available to the viewer...?!?
For me the power is the ambiguity of the image, then it's not limited by the photographer's imagination.
So the more ambiguous the better...intended ambiguousness I suppose, rather than a random ambiguousness...lol
Well it's about loosening your grip so that things can happen that you didn't intend, serendipity that you can take advantage of in the editing.In some ways 5x4 is quite appropriate for that because you're rather blind when shooting and the randomness contrasts with the precision and fidelity of the format.
Hello Penny, I saw this and thought about your tribulations with LF! http://vimeo.com/39578584.
Interesting work Penny. I've been thinking about these pictures for a while as it took some time for them to settle in my head (which I think is a tribute to the work). I do think these work pretty well, especially one, two and five in the set, raising questions in my mind about how we live in a landscape such as this (and indeed about how we are detached from the underlying physicality of the world in our modern society). I may be wrong but suspect they would be even more powerful in colour as this reduces the level of overall abstraction and brings the everyday feeling closer. I understand that you are making black and white pictures going forward, and why you are doing that, and imagine that you've made these bw to increase consistency across the series. But I wonder if it would be good to look again at these as a series in colour?In any event, keep up the good work! Looking forward to the next instalment.