Underpasses and Bridges – a mini series shot using Ilford Pan-F 50ISO medium format film to a ratio of 6×24. All images were photographed in and around the Portsmouth area.
The Camera Obscura is an ancient concept of a darkened room with an opening allowing light to pass through. This light projects the outside world upside down and back to front and in all its glory on the walls inside the camera.
Andrew has been refining his practice of making and documenting camera obscuras and examples can be seen below.
A crowdfunding page has been established to explore funding this project: https://www.gofundme.com/obscura-cityscapes-of-portsmouth
A new, on going project, with an abstract approach to the calming act of ‘Shinrin Yoku’ or ‘Forest Bathing’. These slow exposure panning images create a different feel to photography and its use to document the world around us.
As part of an ongoing exploration of the non-place I am closing in on several categories of space. The view is to create a typology of non-place. A photographic record of the world around us. A world which we frequent on a regular basis but rarely think of as anything special.
In this particular instance I visited a 24 hour car park in the city of Portsmouth. Car parks at night have always been photographically attractive to me and I’ve often referred to them as ‘playgrounds of light’.
The car park in question has motion activated lighting, so as to save on energy bills. This feeds directly in to the notion of place and space. This mundane of structures stands in the darkness while disused but springs to life when the motion lights are triggered. This illumination converts that place in to a space with the presence of humans. The presence of a purpose.
As part of an on going exploration of the relation between Life, Death and Photography, Andrew photographed the partially cleared home of his late grandparents.
The exploration, in this case, sought to document areas that trigger personal memories. From the living room where the whole family would cram in to for Christmas present opening to the chair the cousins would fight over.
Further to these personal memories come elements which all of us can connect with on a level. The difference between a worn carpet compared to where the bed once stood. The decay as part of a house which was a struggle to keep. The garden which was once a center of great pride, sitting unloved and rotting.