On Tuesday, the MA Photographic Media group got together and we discussed our plans for the Final Major Project. It was a good opportunity to showcase our ideas to one another and to get some feedback and comments from our peers. It has made me reassess the type of images that I want to capture. My initial plan was to capture landscapes that had a personal link, such as a place that I like to visit or escape to but I have been thinking about looking at landscapes which are unconventional and could be perceived by most people to be “ugly”. By transforming them into stereographic images, they could be made to be abstract and a thing of beauty. I undertook some research on the internet to find photographers that had photographed non conventional landscapes and made them into a thing of beauty and I found some high quality images by photographer Anna Filipova.
Here is a sample of some of Anna’s work from her “Northernmost Mines” project.
All images © Anna Filipova. All rights reserved.
The images were taken in Svalbard, in a community that is traditionally based on mining. These images challenge the way that we look at a landscape and makes us ask the question “just what is it that makes a beautiful landscape?”. For me personally, I love the grittiness of these landscapes and the fact that they are in black and white adds to this and brings out the textures within the images. It is definitely a refreshing change from the rolling hills, trees and sunshine.
I have considered the types of places that I could visit, such as landfills or places which are derelict but I need to make sure that this would be feasible for me to do. I would possibly need permission to visit some of the places and I need to weigh up if it would be worth my while. In the meantime I plan to research on the internet for possible places to shoot.
Anfilip.com, (2014). Anna Filipova. [online] Available at: http://anfilip.com [Accessed 26 Jun. 2014].
Skidmore, M. (2013). It’s Nice That : Photographer Anna Filipova makes the ugly beautiful with her new series Geothermal Energy. [online] It’s Nice That. Available at: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/anna-filipova [Accessed 26 Jun. 2014].