Who were the Brand New Topographics and what did they do? In 1975 , Williams Jenkins curated a collaborative show of American Landscape Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. It featured a collection of, what could be described as, banal images featuring streets, warehouses, city centres , industrial estates and suburban housing. A man-made landscape.
Using the work of Photographers such as Bill Brandt, Nan Goldin and Robert Capa and reflecting upon their thoughts to create a set of images showing my interpretation of New Topographics.
Taking a rest from the rigours of shopping , the subject’s weariness is shown in his face, his eyes closing on the hustle and bustle of the market place.
A market trader completely absorbed in going about his daily business.
Caught unawares ,without posing, the subject is unselfconscious in her laughter.
The way in which the hub captures the reflection adds another dimension to this street scene. The photograph really did seem to present itself to me.
Walking under the by-pass I was intrigued by the lines and structure of the underpass. This image is taking my photography in a new and, until now , a little explored direction. Rarely do I take images that are industrial yet I feel that this piece works. The man-made concrete structure, rigid and composed is mirrored by the decay and rust that seem to blend itself in with the lines of the structure.
Reading the above quote by Robert Frank, I picked up upon his assertion that “it is important to see what is invisible to others..” and used it to inspire the above photograph. The way in which the newspaper seller, although wearing brightly coloured clothing and surrounded by a bright yellow stand, seems to be invisible to the passers by. His face portraying feelings of boredom and resignation. When we are going about our daily business, how much do we really see?
The Global giant IKEA looming over the city market. Although not displaying the best technique in terms of composition an lighting, I do like this picture. To me , it just seems to sum up how the ‘little guys’ seem to be standing in the shadow of multinationals such as IKEA.
I saw this couple on a street corner , at first glance it appears like the man is acting aggressively and the woman is trying to appease him. The truth of the matter is, he was asking for directions and she was providing them. The moment I caught on camera is evidence that the camera can lie and misinterpret.
I feel that the above photograph exemplifies what Bill Brandt was saying in relation to the simple dignity that a straightforward and uncomplicated photograph can possess. The photograph below also show this.