Artist Inspiration

Taking a look back at previous blog entries, I rediscovered the images of John Davies and found these to be inspiring. John attended the University of Hertfordshire back in March this year and I found his presentation to be of interest and very informative. In hindsight, I can see that by looking at his images, I am able to gain some inspiration for my upcoming shoots. The images that can be seen below are far from what I had initially set out to take but I think that these types of landscapes will work well with my stereographic projections.

The original research I undertook can be found on this link and I have found some more images of John’s that have inspired me. It has also made me think about the possibility of producing black and white imagery.

Swan Roundabout, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2009

Swan Roundabout, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2009 © John Davies

Agecroft Colliery, Salford 1983

Agecroft Colliery, Salford 1983 © John Davies

Slag Heap, Murton, County Durham 1983

Slag Heap, Murton, County Durham 1983 © John Davies

All images © John Davies. All rights reserved.

References

Davies, J. (2014). John Davies Photographer – home page. [online] Johndavies.uk.com. Available at: http://www.johndavies.uk.com [Accessed 5 Jul. 2014].

John Davies – Landscape Photography Talk at the UH

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All images © John Davies, All rights reserved.

Yesterday I attended an informative talk at the University of Hertfordshire given by the photographer John Davies. Davies is described as one of today’s most outstanding British photographers. He became famous through his research on the English industrial landscape, observed in vast and detailed views.

John Davies was born in County Durham, England, where he lived in both the coal mining and farming communities. He studied photography in Nottingham and after graduating in 1974 he became fascinated by the rural landscape during his visits to the west coast of Ireland. This work focused on the forces of nature and the interaction between sky and land.

A lot of John Davies’s work is in black and white and the images display a vastness of space inhabited by the powerful elements of nature and the contradictory ones of culture to operate in two directions. Whilst viewing his work, it reconfirmed to me that landscape imagery can be immensely striking in black and white, and that sometimes colour can be distracting, though this is not always the case. This talk was of particular interest to me, as I have been looking into and researching landscape photography because it is an area of photography that I have always had a passion for.

John Davies’s work can be viewed on his website: johndavies.uk.com

John Davies has also documented (in photographs) on the disposal and sales of public open green space across Merseyside. It tells of the loss of public open spaces through privatisation schemes for a variety of commercial developments. It shows how local authorities are continuing to sell-off public parks, playing fields, open space and public rights of way in towns and cities throughout Britain.

More details can be read via this link: www.ourground.net

References

Davies, J. 2014. John Davies Photographer. [online] Available at: http://johndavies.uk.com [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].

Davies, J. 2014. Our Ground – Loss of Public Open Space. [online] Available at: http://www.ourground.net [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].