I planned assignment 4 as a series of montaged images based on four sets of building blocks, these detail and background pictures being the forth one of those components. The main surprise on 23rd June was the deserted nature of the polling stations, I had expected to see and photograph activists from either side or to find some leave and remain posters outside the perimeters of the polling stations, but in practice the stations were generally deserted with no lobbyists or advertising in sight.
The fact that the locations were not as expected changed my approach to the day. I had hoped to be introducing colour into the dull grey day by using the leave and remain posters and, what I expected to be, colourful supporters of either argument. By the time I reached the third location I was actively avoiding including people in the shots and had few opportunities to include colour in the way I had originally intended.
It rained throughout the middle of the day and many of the locations entailed wet shoots which I particularly dislike; however, at Ash Vale a voter arrived with a bright red umbrella at the perfect moment.
And, at Holly Lodge Primary School, a building with an art-deco feel to it, the playground was imaginatively and colourfully decorated. Otherwise June 23rd was not a colourful day. However, there were occasional details that attracted attention.
Pirbright spoke to dual functionality of these buildings, the polling station signs interrupting their normal routines.
The printed sign became the consistent element of nearly every photograph and naturally led to the use of signs in the two components that I finally decided to use.