Examples of photography from university
I have always been interested in the expressions people have when they look at themselves in the mirror.
By building a collapsible virtually light-sealed, wardrobe-sized box that is light enough for me to transport to different places around Leeds I was able to locate myself in different prime spots about the city. The blackout fabric covered wooden frame had a 500mm square window of two way mirror located at head height allowing me, inside the box, to see clearly out while unsuspecting others will assume that the mirror merely holds their reflection and there is nothing more to it.
My inspiration was partly to recreate first person interaction we see between the subject and the viewer in Robbie Cooper’s work, Immersion.
The aim was to capture people in the moment of looking critically at their own reflection, baring their insecurities, worries, fear, pride, to the awaiting lens.
Robert Longo a New York photographer used innovative methods in his ‘Men in the Cities’ series, by coaxing a reaction from his suit-clad businessmen models and photographing them in emphatically contorted body positions. This series captured my imagination and became the inspiration for the project Sound Stills.
Stemming from recent work with sound, and research I had conducted, I found that reactions to sound had not been documented before and were difficult to capture in a conventional still image. Therefore, I prophesied reactions to sound captured on film, could potentially lead to an innovative set of images if successfully orchestrated. As a response to my images I wanted the viewer to question what it was that provoked the subject’s reaction.
This project spanned over 5 months from December 2011 until April 2012.
I researched what types of noises produced an adverse reaction. These noises were then recorded and distorted in post-production by adjusting the pitch, tone, timbre and loudness.
The sounds were then played to compliment passers-by chosen at random to take part in my project.
Here we see a selection of the reactions of the subjects, examples of the book created and examples of the setup for the projected film part of the project.
For a long time I have wanted to make work using the desolate dank environment of an underground car park, I have had an interest in their dark gray blocky architectural spaces smudged with the buildup of exhaust and grudge, something about the environment draws me.
Similarly places like underneath large motorway bridges or on a vacant disused concrete courtyard have the same effect over me. After considering this for a while I soon realised that these locations all have something in common; that is that they evoke the same feeling of being in a place where you should not be, a place where you would not naturally find yourself impelled to rest or stand for a while; the sort of places you would normally move right through.
I get the same feeling if I was to stumble across evidence of human habitat in a private, out of the way place like hidden deep in the forest; my private place were to be disturbed, an ominous apprehension for an unwelcome interruption.
The photographic series in my series ‘Apprehension’ explores this notion. Here we see examples of the book and a selection of images:
Capturing the moment of a lightbulb exploding using a hot-wired flashgun.