I am in the process of putting together a new blog entry, but I thought I would post up this shot of the lights in the entrance to Salisbury Cathedral in the meantime!
Project ideas are a bit like buses, you seem to be going nowhere then suddenly two ideas come from nowhere.
Firstly, my last post (‘Clone town’) seems to have galvanised my thinking about Salisbury and the work that I am doing locally. I am in the process of preparing for a photography exhibition in August, where I will be displaying my Salisbury night work (the web page will be updated to reflect the exhibition as soon as I am satisfied what images will make the final cut). As I was working through the shots tonight, it struck me about the contrast between night and day in the town. So, the Salisbury project takes into account the themes mentioned in the last post, whilst being shot at these two different time periods. The working title for the project is ‘Salisbury: Night and day’, which is pretty straightforward really.
The second project is going to be about Swanage. I visited the place recently and found it to be a really interesting and quite quirky place. My aim is to shoot the town in Summer and Winter, so that I can play on the contrast between the two seasons. It’ll be a more condensed project than the Salisbury one as it’s a three-hour round trip from home, so I need to be more focused when I shoot there. However, I do quite fancy trying my own take on the classic ‘British at the Seaside’ theme that has been covered by Tony Ray Jones, Martin Parr, etc. Whether I end up with something different to say from them (particularly Parr) is another thing! I will put some photos up on the site as soon as I edit a selection and find a better way of presenting them than the current format.
My mate and I have decided to set ourselves little creative challenges. We have decided to both do our own take on the same project idea. The idea for the next work is to find a space, sit, wait and see what appears before the camera. I trialled the market square in Salisbury for about 30 minutes. I am going to run with this spot for a few days to see what develops. The good thing about this project is that the aim is to free your thinking and work with what appears before you.
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