It has been a while since I last posted anything here. this has been due primarily to the pressures of my commissioned work but while I was shooting at the Olympic Stadium project today I took this from the very top of the structure. It wasn’t the best lighting but it remains a fine view and one that is not often seen and once the project is complete it will be seen even less!
One of the most precious photography books in my collection is Brassai’s “Paris de Nuit”. This was given to me by my father about 20 years ago and is a well loved copy which detracts from it’s monetary value (it remains the most valuable book I own despite the wear) but in no way detracts from the images. These images, along with those of Sudek have formed one of the back-bone of my photographic education. Interestingly though, I never felt moved to emulate any of their work at the time. But last year, or it may have been the year before, I spent a number of winter nights tramping around the streets of Canterbury doing a Canterbury de Nuit series.
By way of background to Brassai, this Hungarian born photographer forms part of that rich stream of photographers that flowed out of Europe during the early part of the 20C. He worked mainly in Paris and died there in 1984, after a life of work in photography. His commercial commissioned work is largely forgotten now but his legacy of personal work is formidable.
Here is something I thought I had posted a couple of weeks ago but realised just now that it slipped through without a look in!
I visited the marvellous and recently refurbished Hadlow Tower a few days after it opened last month. The project has been completed by the Vivat Trust with the support of English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund and sees this once derelict folly restored to beyond it’s original glory – I say beyond because whereas it was not built with any particular use in mind other than standing tall, now it has a real function and houses a pretty swanky three bedroom house on it’s lower five levels as well as a museum on the ground floor.
The original structures were designed in 1838 by the architect George Ledwell Taylor,for a client who had benefited from a substantial legacy and so had no need to work but did need to do something with his time. (the best kind of client, I should think!). Taylor was recently made redundant from the military, where he supervised a number of mundane projects and the Hadlow Tower was one of his early commissions as a private practitioner and he was obviously relishing the break from military architecture.
A few years back I undertook a film based project looking at the edges of communities and in particular the structures to be found there. I worked mostly on 6×12 and it was to be my last project undertaken on film. (I may well return to film, so let’s say last for the moment!)
I thought, given that those marvellous icons of industrial design, the Richborough power station cooling towers were blown sky high today in 2012, it would be a good time to show my Periphery project image of the towers in all their glory.
(And there is no doubt that even with the likes of Instagram, film images do have a quality of their own)
I’ve got a day in today, costings, emails, accounts, waiting for FedEx, packing up DVD’s and sorting stuff out in general. I am also looking at the possibility of another small exhibition. Interest has been expressed in the Coast Structure series so I’ve been revisiting them to see if there is anything there I might want to show. Whilst on my hard-drive travels I came across this shot that I had rejected originally because it didn’t fulfil the criteria I was after at the time but looking at it 3 or 4 years later, it is quite a nice pic in a pictorial sort of way.
Sea and rocks off the south coast of Kent
Seasalter is a curious place, stuck as it is between Whitstable and Faversham & the Swale. Aside from the abundant caravans there are some interesting little buildings both new and old.
Seasalter, Triangular House
This image was done on our way back to the car after a fantastic walk on the beach. It stopped raining just long enough for the sun to break through and for me to dry off my camera, before the drizzle started again.