Talking Pictures

As you can see from Alex’s recent post of our recorded conversation the revealing nature of this blog does not stop at showing some early images and writing down a few thoughts. In the last few days I have had to listen to myself talk about my work quite a lot, what with Alex’s podcast, and then yesterday being interviewed for a magazine article on the residency.

The problem with your words being recorded (either in type or on tape) is that you have the chance to go over what you have said, and possibly realise the the paucity of your words in describing what you try to do with images. This is very different to giving a lecture, after a lecture you may recall parts of what you have said but eventually it drifts into the muddy, fog of memory.

Last week I spent an enjoyable day working with Kate Cheyne of Architects in Residence and a group of Interior Architecture students from Brighton University. I was asked to talk about the work I am doing for the Tower Residency and give the students some advice on photographing the more intangible aspects of the built environment as part of a project they are doing in the New Venture Theatre in Brighton.

Yesterday, after a lot of talking (and hearing myself talk) about photography it was nice to pick up my camera and get back to exploring the Tower.

Old Plaster from interior of 4 & 5 Tower Green

Old Plaster from interior of 4 & 5 Tower Green


2 thoughts on “Talking Pictures

  1. A lot of history in that one wall; one can only guess at the stories behind a lot of those marks. Kind of feel that a series of these, coupled with some text relating the history of each location, could be quite interesting.

  2. Yes, these surfaces are very seductive photographically, and I think there is a place for this kind of picture in the final body of work. I have also been thinking about how text would work with the project recently, but still just vague ideas.

    The image is from one of the houses on Tower Green, like most of the Tower there is this visible layering of the buildings different historic periods. The beauty of such a long term residency is that I can explore a broad range of different visual ideas, which keeps it very interesting from my point of view.

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