Assignment 5 – Photography is Simple

What is it about?

The answer to this question leads me again to the context and is also ever changing if I look at the journey I went through with this project. It took me a little while to select the subject matter for this final project. My other two possibilities were the victorian gardens close to my house, or selective images of my son. I settled on shooting Carlton Mansions in Brixton for several reasons. Partly because it is a building that I have been fascinated with purely on aesthetics alone, and I am a believer in ‘Shoot what you love.’ Also because I have been looking for an opportunity to find out more about the building’s history.  The other main reason was to attempt to improve my skills in photographing architecture.

So in terms of Barratt’s context it is clear that my original shot of the whole building, and the following images picking out the decorative aspects of the facade, these have a very string link to the ‘internal context’. These images are very much about the information within the frame. In this instance it is very much about the aesthetic aspects of the structure itself and how they appealed to me.

As the set progresses the context shifts to include information surrounding the picture ie external. Here we see the purpose, or function, of the image change. The influence of the residents is clearer in their adornments, they have left their ‘stamp’ on the structure. This does become multi layered through research. There are simplistic affectations in terms of stencilling and spray can work, but the ripples of political passion has echoed through the years with the hugely iconic mural ‘Nuclear Dawn’ (Brian Barnes and Dale McCrea – 1981)

This inclusion of original context, information surrounding the picture, is then illuminated more with the plaques on the wall. My favourite of which is image number 8.

The final two images are a little more ambiguous. I like the presence of closed curtains, suggesting there is more to find out and how well that links to the slightly cryptic yet transparent ‘Brixton Bizness Centre’

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