This is a toughy. Not the picture, but the post.
A while back I posted a picture made in the Bishopdale playground and it has sat with me ever since. There’s something about it that I know has huge relevance to a new body of work for me, but I can’t pin down exactly what it is. There is something about the playgrounds that is making me want to make pictures, and I continue to make the work even though I don’t quite understand it yet.
If any of you can help me shed some light please comment away. Even PM me if you don’t feel like putting it out here.
Frame of reference:
Ever since I started photography seriously, and although it may not show particularly in my work, one of my artist models has been Lewis Baltz. New Zealand photographers Laurence Aberhart and Wayne Barrar are also favourites, and more recently the work of American William Eggleston.
Someone said to me “why don’t you go back and photograph when there are children playing?”. The fact is that I prefer my pictures without any human presence. Just recently I found an interview with Lewis Baltz where he clarified my feelings around this “And if you interpose another human in the work, then he or she becomes the subject…”
One of the other things I have clarified lately is that the pictures I like to make are coming into the more documentary space, although the moment of recognition is coming from a more intuitive place. Which is why I’m struggling to pin down the exact concept that is driving this.
Open to suggestions!