So I’m carrying on with the previous photo blogs before I type up any new ones, this one’s only from February but it seems further away than that! And the image itself was taken months before. Oh well, here it is:
“This image is from my many roles of out of date kodak colour film, I can’t remember if it was actually taken with the disposable camera itself of whether I popped it into my prakitca.. it may have even been in the freezer for a bit… Either way the room isn’t that green it was taken in the Bluecoat gallery- it must have been the democratic promenade exhibition.
I regularly visited the bluecoat for many reasons: one; I love the building and the lattes two; the exhibitions are either cheap or completely free, and three; most importantly- because I came here for inspiration and for subjects for Focus Project articles. I haven’t been there for a while i should get back into the routine of going now and then. It was great while I could go- the weather was nice and at the time all i did was write, paint, go to town, job hunt, drink coffee, take photos, go to the gym.. i think its because i landed a work experience position then never got back into the habit of going to the bluecoat galleries. I’ve been to the tate a few times since but there’s been a lul in that too. saying that i should really be saving my monies too.
At this time I’d been home for a few months back from uni then back from Berlin. It was a great time- for the first time ever i was out of education and i had very little responsibilities and no worries at all, i wasn’t even worried about the future because i was satisfied and happy with what i was doing then and there. yes i was job hunting and i was aware that this wouldn’t last, as some day i would need more money and want to move out (so, the point i’m at now really) so it just made that time all the more, well, better.
I do enjoy the grain in this image, i think it looks like a film still and slightly painterly. a lovely green film still hehe! I liked it so much that I even entered it as part of a series into a big competition. I was fond of that whole series actually; i took an image from 7 of these out of date rolls of film and entered it with a similar description that i’ve given here, about moving home after the first time in three years, re-visiting places that had changed and others that hadn’t and had been frozen in time etc but as you can guess it didn’t get me anywhere lol i’ll get it next time
I think my favourite aspect of this image is the composition: the horizontal working with the vertical lines, the repetitive geometric shapes that lead you into the image along with the light and shadow contrasts, it pretty much sums up everything i loved fro my earlier work and initial influences from when i first took to photography; the likes of the bauhaus being the foundation of my photographic journey.”
Obviously a fair bit has changed since I wrote this only two months ago, the big difference being that i did actually move out and did land a job so looking back on this really did please me happy days x