THINKING ABOUT INDEPENDENT ART
As a 3rd year student there is almost a reassuring feel to view the work again of someone whom you have looked at earlier in the course. Even so there is always something new to discover about them.
My initial thoughts about this module were that it was an opportunity to experiment, but as I have realised that although I would like to pursue such things as double exposure, pixelating parts of images, converting images to drawings etc. I need to be thinking in a more directed way.
We looked initially at the work of Chris Killip who I found particularly interesting. His black and white work was featured in a recent article in the December issue 2014 of Black & White Photography magazine. Lewis Bush describes him as a major figure in British photographer who ” documented the dramatic economic change and social turmoil of the 1980s.”
The following images are taken from the article:
These images were taken from ‘Pirelli Work’ 1989-90 which despite it being a commission the article refers to it as being a criticism by Killip of “the ‘enforced ritual’ of modern labour”.
This image is entitled ‘Simon being taken to sea for the first time since his father drowned , 1983.’ “
Killip spent much time documenting the hardship of life for those living and working in north East England. The images shown are of those who “laboured to dig coal from the stormy seas to sell for a living.”
Killip is also quoted as saying that his stated aim was to show “the sublime in the everyday.” This is something which has developed in my own work. To try to depict things that the viewing public may not have seen or been aware of and to perhaps generate a more sympathetic viewpoint.
I am also interested in images of elderly people who possess a beauty and wisdom and character in the lines on their faces. The following image by Killip depicts ‘Man at Glenmaye, 1970-73′.
Photographs of elderly people are still of interest to me, not merely because I am no longer a teenager, but the fact that as a viewing public we are so used to seeing pictures of the young and beautiful. Yet those elderly people are more interesting to me. They are the ones with the lines on their faces, with stories to tell and are often overlooked explaining that they feel almost invisible..
If I continue with this concept, it links in with my Mixed Media project entitled ‘The Others’ and also links with the portraiture work I did earlier in the year with Catching Lives and their homeless clients for my Major Practical Project. The hardships they had endured were shown in their faces. Paul for example looked far older than his 50 years and he had been living rough since he was 14.