As an introduction to Part Three read the blog posts on WeAreOCA , ( see links @ bottom of post ) including contributors’ comments.
Expand your bank of learning resources by incorporating some of the posts into your own learning log or blog.I decided to look more closely at a few photographers I am not overly familiar with.
Format Photography Festival
Brightly coloured reportage/ street photography. Candid and frequently humorous images , although some could be considered also slightly cruel . Interestingly he says his own style of photography is inspired more by writers and comedians including a favourite columnist of mine ,Tim Dowling. His website provides links to a vast variety of his work , the images are both funny , some made me laugh out loud , but also strangely depressing at times. His observational skills are clearly well honed in capturing the absurdity of everyday life.
Katrin Koenning. Thirteen:Twenty Lacuna. The issue of unseen surveillance is discussed on the OCA blog post but I really like the candid street/documentary photographs taken by Koenning in a narrow Melbourne alleyway. They initially reminded me of Philip-Lorca diCorca’s Heads series but these were taken with a 50mm lens and Koenning was within feet of her subjects using the beautiful available light of the alleyway. The title intrigued me , Koenning explains in the short video link below that the “mystical title” literally means 1.20pm lunch break. She discusses the “incredible light” that lit her subjects for just twenty minutes or so around lunchtime and its this that makes the images stand out for me.
Brighton Photo Biennial
Druv Malhotra. Sleepers. The bio on Malhotra’s website states he is “chronically unable to sleep” hence he roams the streets with his camera at night. The images of outdoor sleepers are full of intricate detail and richly coloured. I found myself examining each image really carefully as there is so much visual information in the carefully considered and composed shots. Malhotra’s body of work is the antithesis of Peter Dench’s forthright street photography and Katrin Koenning’s candid portraits. He states how the project helped motivate his life , the sleepers emblematic of his latent capabilities , making this more than simply an objective documentary study of a people and place.
Stuart Griffiths. Closer. The impact of some of Griffiths’s images is immense , and I should imagine even more so when viewed as large scale prints , they are touching and thought provoking.
He discusses his work in the YouTube video below.
Hereford Photography Exhibition
Donald Weber. Interrogations. I read an article in one of my photography magazines some time back about this body of work I shall try to hunt it out again to re-read. The images make me feel really uncomfortable as I am fully aware they are not set up but are of real people under interrogation. Regardless of the reasons behind why the individuals are in this situation I feel empathy for them, the images provoke a strong reaction. As a photographer I know I could not attempt a similar project and admire Weber’s ability to remain a neutral witness to the brutal questioning of prisoners close up but I am unsure how I feel about the ethics of such a project. However Weber gained not only the permission of the police to photograph the interrogations but of the individual’s under investigation. Less than a quarter of the prisoners agreed hence the project took years to complete.