The brief for this assignment asked us to either document a journey or explore the idea of journeys. I chose to do the former.
I started this assignment by looking at what is meant by a journey. The Collins Dictionary defines a journey as:
- travelling from one place to another. 2a) the distance travelled in a journey. 2b) the time taken to make a journey. 3) to make a journey
I then started looking at the different ways that journeys could be made
This led to me thinking about what journeys I make each day, these were mostly by car so I assumed that I would wind up documenting a car journey. The turning point was exercise 2.5 Text in Art; where I noted observations I made whilst walking my dog. When I was writing up the exercise, I realised how much there was to photograph and that was when I decided that this was the journey I wanted to photograph for my assignment. As it originally took nearly an hour to complete the journey, I decided to shorten it to half an hour for the purposes of this assignment as I felt I wouldn’t be able to adequately convey a longer journey. The aspects of part 2 which have influenced my work are:
- Topography; as I am charting the contrasts between the beautiful fields and built up areas.
- Adrian Turner’s 36 views + Sub-urbia.
- Carleton Watkin’s interpretation of landscapes as being a “recorded sight” which anyone who stumbled across would see as the same.
My contact sheets
Below are the images I took during my walk, from which I would choose my final 12 images.
My final images
I felt that there were a number of areas within the assignment that I did better than others. For instance, by basing my journey on the journey that I completed for exercise 2:5, it gave me a clear approach to the assignment as I set out to take photos that could work alongside the text/observations I had previously made. There were a few shots that I was really pleased with, namely, “graveyards holding so much history”, “Hole 16” and “Beautiful fields full of life” as they have turned out exactly how I had envisaged them. However there were also a couple of shots, namely, “Main road ahead” and “Built up streets” that I felt weren’t as strong as the others but I included them as I felt they helped to show the progression of the walk.
“Territorial Photography” from Landscape and Power by Joel Snyder- University of Chicago Press 1994.
“Psychogeography” Merlin Coverley- Oldcastle Books Ltd- Oct 2010