Category Archives: Part 5 – Removing the Figure

Homage to Colin Shaw

Despite being particularly interested in post-war British documentary photography I rarely work in black and white. However, this picture was inspired by Colin Shaw’s 1988 series Farmwork (see here) so it seemed only appropriate to process it in monochrome.

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A Journey

One of the final exercises in this unit is to photograph a journey that we regularly make. My journey, which I make a little less frequently than I should do, is our regular walk around the block with the dogs. … Continue reading

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The Workshop as Still Life

At the end of my essay on Scott McFarland’s studies of shacks (here) I remarked that the shack, cabin, shed or workshop has been mythologised in recent times, with a changing contemporary nomenclature that has reclassified them as man-caves, hideaways and … Continue reading

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Charlotte Cotton: Something and Nothing (part 2)

When Cotton (1) moves away from still life to look at deserted landscapes she introduces a number of photographers whom I find much easier to understand and relate to. Richard Wentworth’s photographs of the signs and debris of the street are … Continue reading

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Richard Wentworth: Making Do and Getting By

Richard Wentworth OBE is primarily known as a one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation who for forty years he has used a camera as a way of making “casual notes …. of situations which attracted me” … Continue reading

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Michael Kenna: The Evidence of Humanity

In her essay Something and Nothing (1) Charlotte Cotton considers a number of contemporary photographers who have investigated the evidence of humanity through uninhabited city and landscapes. This is an area of photography that is rich in examples, I have already discussed … Continue reading

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Gregory Crewdson: Sanctuary

Before looking in general at photographs that use the absence of life as a metaphorical technique I want to look more closely at Gregory Crewdson’s Sanctuary (1). Sarah Pickering’s Public Order (here) was referenced as an example of this kind … Continue reading

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