Old factory in Dover
Trying out something a little different.
Second shoot at the Hazlitt
First few test shots
Last week I finally managed to catch a Candida Hofer exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts - it was exactly how I imagined it would be.
For years I have looked at these images, wondered what the places are really like, where they are and whether I could go there. But when you see the huge, perfectly formed prints, you realise that none of these things actually matter because you experience it all for yourself in that moment.
It’s almost like you can walk right in, just shut your eyes and you’re there, on that stage or at the end of the corridor. An imaginary world for yourself. To know the actual place could even be to lose the magic.
I think this is what draws me to these images; yes, the locations are important, but more the fact you can imagine in it. There is nothing to distract you, nothing to stop you. This is what I think I strive to create in my own work. An imaginary world for anyone to get lost in.
I guess it’s about time I started using this thing properly. I plan to revolve my next project around the Theatre initially, and the idea of ‘Behind The Scenes’.
Doing artist research lead me to Robert Polidori, and although the idea of photographing abandoned places has been seriously overdone by any twat with a camera, there is something about his work in particular that is appealing and intriguing - it holds a sadness, but a sadness that is incredibly beautiful.