This was by far the most challenging of all four tasks. I am not a fan of working with alternative processes but needed to embrace them all in order to find something I could use.
I previous blog entries I have talked about the process I went through and how I experimented with Camera Obscura, Analogue Pinhole and Cyanotype printing before rejecting all these and opting for digital pinhole. In many ways this outcome did not surprise me, I much prefer working with a digital medium so finding a way to amalgamate the old with the new was a perfect solution.
As for a way of presenting the theme, ‘Human Presence without a human present’ I had bounced around a few ideas. Initially my thoughts took me back our summer project where we needed to represent ourselves. Although I did self portraits then I also just pictures of personal items that belonged to me. I looked back at works by Elinor Carucci and Nan Goldin but I wanted to do something less intimate. No matter where I looked I kept coming back to John Goassage’s ‘The Pond’ and with his portrayal of human presence in mind I ventured out into the countryside.
My first plan was to shoot buildings in the countryside and how they stand in contrast to their surroundings
When I reviewed the image I felt it did not look how I envisioned it. The building is no isolated enough and does not stand out against the countryside background.
For my second attempt I focused on man made signs that exist within the countryside.
I thought these were much better, it was clearer what I was trying to achieve and the contrast between human made and nature was a lot more obvious. I didn’t want to stop here though and still felt I could get something better.
My third attempt were roads, tracks and footpaths.
Moving back towards John Goassages work I took images for the footpaths and roads used by the local farming and rural communities. Once again I liked the outcomes but my main reservation was that they were perhaps a little too dramatic and the type of human presence I was after needed to be more subtle.