Make a series of six to twelve photographs in response to the concept of ‘The Square Mile’. Use this as an opportunity to take a fresh and experimental look at your surroundings. You may wish to re-trace places you know very well, examining how they might have changed; or, particularly if you’re in a new environment, you may wish to use photography to explore your new surroundings and meet some of the people around you.
You may wish to explore the concept of Y Filltir Sgwar further, or you may deviate from this. You may want to focus on architecture and landscape, or you may prefer to photograph the people who you think have an interesting connection to the square mile within which you currently find yourself.
You’ll need to shoot many more than 12 photographs from which to make your final edit. You should try to make your final set of photographs ‘sit’ together as a series. Don’t necessarily think about making a number of individual pictures, but rather a set of photographs that complement one another and collectively communicate your idea. You may wish to title your photographs or write short captions if you feel this is appropriate and would benefit the viewer.
However you choose to approach this assignment, it should communicate something about you: your interests, motivations, and your ambitions for your photography. Think
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of it as a way to introduce yourself to your tutor. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to respond to this brief, as long as you try to push yourself out of your comfort zone in terms of subject matter. Try out new approaches rather than sticking to what you think you’re most successful at.
I live in Bramley, a village in the south of Rotherham. We have been chosen by the powers that be to have the HS2 rail line running through our village. There will be thousands of people throughout the country in a similar position.
This is a very human issue, but I have chosen to keep people out of all but one of my images, as people will disappear from Bramley and it will die as a village as a result of this thoughtless act of social vandalism and stupidity.
The aim of HS2 is to save 20 minutes between Leeds and London and has inspired my title. I ask…
- What can you do with 20 minutes?
- Is it worth it?
- Would they have it through their villages?
- Do these people care?
- Where will Bramley be in 30 years?
My original plan was to look at Bramley from a social point of view, looking at the juxtaposition of buildings, people and businesses. However, I changed my plan so quickly, perhaps even 10 minutes into my shoot. I hope my images portray how I and others feel.
My assignment analysis and contact sheets will follow in my next post.