Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Edgelands and urban walks










I've put the studio work aside for and have started to take the role of a flâneur with a camera, leaving the places that are part of my daily rountial life, to photograph what I  happen to encounter or what catches my attention. Prior to taking these snapshots, I had been reading JG Ballard's Crash. From reading Crash, I've regained a strong interest in the urban enviorment and the machinery. This new interest in the urban enviorment has fabricated into recording edgelands. I had heard about the concept of edgelands from Paul Farley's and Michael Symmons Roberts' book the Edgelands. The definition of an Edgeland is a place which is between or shares the characteristics of the urban and rural, it is a marginal or in a transition between the two. Places like car parks, airports, wastelands, retail parks or an industrial estates are all things which fit into this concept of the edgelands. These photographs have all been taken from the edgelands I have visitied.  The photographs show the combinition of organic and man-made matter. I have merged  nature and the city together. I would definitely like to elaborate more on this idea. I'm thinking of taking this idea further. I can see this idea been taken into a  seires of  photographs or large scale landscape drawings, a  film or ausing these phots for a storyboard for a new side project continuing  my grotesque work, working with theme of the grotesque and the city.