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I&P Part 5 Exercise 5.1

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Project 5.1, Absence and signs of life - Research - Reading - Research II - Exc 5.1 -
Project 5.2 Places and spaces - Exc 5.2 - Exc 5.3 - Conclusion - Upsum

Arnatt - Botha - Eggleston - Gaffney - Gushchin - Halliday - Heartfield - Holdsworth - Ketchun - Klepuszewska - Letinsky - Lindqvist - Lipper - Lorant - Lynch - Lyons - Macnair - Montizon - Owens - Phipps - Pickering - Pittman - Shafran - Shore - Soth - Spero - Taylor - Walker - Wall - Wilcox - Wilkhu - Wentworth -

artistic merit - metaphor - still life -

Preamble - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Asg.1 - Asg.2 - Asg.3 - Asg.4 - Asg.5 - C&N - EyV

Still Life

● Create a set of still-life pictures showing traces of life without using people.
You could do this with your camera phone to reflect the vernacular and transient nature of these moments or you could choose to use high-quality imagery to give these moments gravitas, like Nigel Shafran.
● Your technical decisions should back up your ideas, so write a short reflective commentary detailing these decisions and the reasons for them. I&P p.124

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[15Apr21] I suggested at the outset of the course, photographing used ash-trays outside restaurant and pubs and see no reason to change that, especially as they reopened for (external-only) business today after months of Covid lockdown. Although it could be seen as deriving from some of the above, the plan was laid months before I read Part 5.

They fit the criteria of still life, evidence human behaviour and are on the detritus and pollution spectrum. There is also a nod to Penn’s cigarette but series.

[30Apr] Whenever I pass a cafe or restaurant serving outside customers (the only sort allowed for now) I check the vacated tables for an ash try, but none have been found yet. Asking an active customer to photograph their ash tray is too intrusive in my view and might be misinterpreted. I'll just have to let this one run.

[13Jun] This has now become a habit when I am walking around with a camera. in most cases I try to dash off a snap as I pass (that usually involves an inspection for candidates on the first pass and turning round to walk past again for the photograph). That is a bit hit-and-miss, as will be see from figs. B3-B4. I began this exercise looking for vacated tables with ash trays, progressed to snaps as i passed occupied tables and yesterday (12th June) I engaged for the first time with a couple of seasoned drinkers at the outside smoking tables at my local Wetherspoons, asking permission to make the photographs (figs. B7-8) - they agreed but were rather mystified and suggested alternative objects, notably the old drinking fountain outside the nearby parish church, visible from their seats. I repeated the exercise as I passed them again when returning later from a half at the Rusty Bucket.

I like some of these photographs and the exercise that has become a project — the variations in the results, what they reveal about the residual, absent causers (all speculation, of course) and the abstract possibilities of the outcomes.

I have marked this Exercise as complete but will continue with the subject as a project.


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I&P Exc 5.1 References

Boothroyd, S. and Roberts, K. (2019) Identity and place. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts. [I&P]

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