Tom Hunter

Background

Tom Hunter was born in 1965 in Dorset, England. He graduated from the London College of Printing with a First Class Honours Batchelor of Arts degree. Since then he has won numerous awards and his work has been exhibited around the world.

Square Mile

As part of the preparation for the Square Mile assignment we were asked to research Tom Hunter and answer the following questions. I answered them as part of the Square Mile (Thought Process) post I made but I’ve included them here for completeness. The photos that were used analysed as part of the assignment can be found on his website {Reference 1].

• Look at the two series Life and Death in Hackney and Unheralded Stories.
• Do you notice the connection between the people and their surroundings? How does
Hunter achieve this?
Hunter makes the people in his photos the focus of the photograph. He achieves this by by making them stand out from the surroundings because they are incongruous either because they should not be there, by the use of colour to draw the eye to them or by other features that catch the eye but which then draw the eye back to the person.

• What kinds of places are these photographs set in? Are they exotic, special or ordinary,
everyday places?
The places in the photographs are everyday ones, the sort of place that can be found with little or only slight effort.

• There’s something “mythical” and yet also “everyday” about Hunter’s pictures. Look
carefully at one or two images and try to pick out the features that suggest these two
different qualities.
In “Victoria Falls” Hunter has taken a photograph of water flowing over what appears to be a weir on a river, something that it is possible to see on many a river. At the base of the weir, waist deep, is a woman who evokes the image of a mermaid or water nymph. Why is she there? Is her name Victoria and she has just fallen over the weir into the water below?
In “The Way Home” we see what appears to be undergrowth alongside a road or train line, something that you can see any day as you travel on foot or by car, bus or train. Hidden from the view of passers-by lies a woman, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty or the Lady of the Lake. Is she asleep, is she resting or is it something more sinister.

 

References

  1. Tom Hunter Official Website Available at http://www.tomhunter.org (Accessed: 29th September 2017)

Dan Holdsworth

Background

Dan Holdsworth was born in 1974 in Welwyn Garden City in the United Kingdom [Reference 1]. He has travelled around the world in pursuit of his work and has exhibited both in the United Kingdom and also internationally.

Square Mile

As part of the preparation for the Square Mile assignment we were asked to research Dan Holdsworth and answer the following questions. I answered them as part of the Square Mile (Thought Process) post I made but I’ve included them here for completeness. The photos that were used analysed as part of the assignment can be found on his website {Reference 2].

• Why do you think he often works at night? Is it because there’s less people and traffic
about to clutter the view? Is it because of the effect of light in a long exposure and the
sense of artificiality or “strangeness” that brings to the image?

I think that Dan Holdsworth works at night because the effects that can be achieved because of longer exposures as well as light sources can make scenes seem strange and eerie.

I certainly don’t believe that he works at night in order so that people and traffic don’t impact on his work. Looking at his series Blackout and Forms the presence of people is irrelevant. The images in these series could have been taken any time because the impact of people would have been minimal. Although in Blackout I do feel that the presence of people would have been a bit jarring.

• What happens to your interpretation when the views are distant, wide and the main
emphasis is on the forms of the man-made landscape?

Wider views give bigger scope for interpreting the image in ways different to what was seen through the viewfinder. In Blackout the choice of black and white leads gives the landscape a lunar feel to it.

• Is there a sense that these images are both objective (because you are looking out at the
world) and subjective (because they seem to deliberately conjure up a mood)?

I would say that the images Dan Holdsworth produces contain a variety of elements that allow for both objective and subjective interpretations.

 

References

  1. Wikipedia, Dan Holdsworth. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Holdsworth (Accessed: 29th September 2017)
  2. Dan Holdsworth Official Website. Available at http://www.danholdsworth.com/ (Accessed: 29th September 2017)

Gabriele Basilico

Gabriele Basilico was born in Milan, Italy in August 1944 and died in February 2013 [Reference 1]. His obituary can be found on The Guardian website [Referecne 2].

Basilico is best known as an architectural photographer and for his work on cityscapes.

Part 1 – Project 2: Shadows

Research Point – Diffused Light

Looking at Basilico’s cityscapes the use of repetition is apparent through the images. Whether that is windows in building, balconies on the outside of buildings or where the floors of a building are similarly styled on the outside of a building.

In some of his images the buildings appear to have been placed with a degree of planning and almost precision. In others there is a haphazardness to their placement.

The clarity and level of details in his images is incredible but this doesn’t distract the viewer but instead entices you further into the photo.

His photographs of large cityscapes show areas of space but so do even those images that are closer to the buildings he’s photographing. One image of the inside of a building shows the roof, walls and a swimming pool but there is an overwelming sense of the space within that building.

None of the building or cityscapes appear to be harshly lit and from the position of shadows within some of the photos it appears as if the images were either taken during the early or late part of the day. In other images it is harder to determine the time of day due to the lack of shadows but there are clues that the photographs may have been taken early morning, in the evening or when there was a lot of cloud cover to soften the light.

References

Wikipedia. Gabriele Basilico. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriele_Basilico Accessed: 20th October 2017.

Hopkinson, A. Gabriele Basilico Obituary. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/feb/25/gabriele-basilico. Accessed: 20th October 2017

Trent Parke

Trent Parke is an Australian photographer who was born in 1971 [Reference 1] and lives in South Australia.

He is a member of the Magnum Photos group.

Parke has produced several books and his work has been included in numerous publications.

Since 1996 he has won numerous awards and his work has been shown around the world since 2000.

Examples of his work can be found on the Magnum Photos website [Reference 2] to keep up-to-date with his work he has a Facebook page for those with access to the social media platform [Reference 3].

An interesting analysis of his work can also be found at Eric Kim Photography [Reference 4]

Project 1: Activity, depth and distance

Exercise 2.2: People and Activity

As the event I’m looking at will be during daytime, there won’t be any opportunities to frame the images with lighting effects.

References

  1. Wikipedia. Trent Parke Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Parke Accessed: 18th October 2017.
  2. Magnum Photos. Trent Parke Available at: https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/trent-parke/ Accessed: 18th October 2017.
  3. Facebook. Trent Parke Available at: https://www.facebook.com/Trent-Parke-140290992674014/ Accessed: 18th October 2017.
  4. Kim, Eric. Available at: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/02/10/12-lessons-trent-parke-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/ Accessed: 18th October 2017.

Don McCullin CBE

Don McCullin was born on the 9th October 1935 and grew up in Finsbury Park, North London. He was one of three children, the others being his brother Michael and sister, Marie.

As a child, during World War 2, he was evacuated from London to Somerset. He was four and a half at the time.

The world that McCullin grew up in was very different to the one we live in today. There was very little fear of crime and people didn’t lock their doors.  You even had milk delivered to your door.

In the 1950s the world began to change. People began to arrive in Great Britain from her colonies. There was resentment of the newcomers but it was also the start of the multi-cultural society that we now live in.

Street gangs ruled parts of London and there were rivalries between the different gangs. Things don’t seem to have changed much since then.

The photograph that changed things for McCullin was the one he took of the boys he grew up with who were part of a gang called the Guvnors. The photograph was published in The Observer, a copy of which can be found on the Telegraph website; along with other examples of his work.

http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/projects/donmccullin/index.html

During the 1950s, McCullin served in the RAF during his National Service and it was during this time that he began to learn his trade as part of a photographic unit.

Travelling the world, photographing so many people, places and events, McCullin now lives in rural Somerset.

Thrice married, he has 4 children by his first two wives, Paul, Jessica, Alexander and Claude.

Don McCullin is known as a war photographer and found himself in most of the major conflicts of the latter 20th century. At least until the Falklands and the Ministry of Defence refusing to grant him passage to the war zone.

During his life he has reported from Vietnam, Nigeria, Biafra, El Salvador, Beirut, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Iraq, the Congo, Cambodia, Cyprus, Chad, China, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Indonesia and could usually be found in the thick of events. He was even banned for life from Uganda.

He has met and photographed some of the most important people of the 20th century. In 1968 he photographed The Beatles, examples of which can be found at the following:

http://www.thebeatles.com/photo-album/mad-day-out-photo-session

I first came across Don McCullin while completing a photography evening class at my local college. The tutor and some of the students were talking about an exhibition of some of his work that was on at a local gallery. Although I didn’t have the chance to get to the exhibition his name stuck in my memory and when I was browsing in Waterstones bookshop in The Galleries in Bristol and spotted his autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour I bought it in order to find out more about him. Since then I’ve picked up a number of other books of his photographs that he has published. The mixture of rural Somerset landscape, gritty Northern towns and people, and the reality of war, show an individual with an amazing talent and an incredible feel for what makes a powerful image.

Bibliography

  1. McCullin D and Chester L, Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography, Jonathan Cape, 2015
  2. Photofile, Don McCullin, Thames & Hudson, 2007
  3. McCullin D, In England, Jonathan Cape, 2007
  4. McCullin D, Don McCullin, Jonathan Cape, 2015