Taking inspiration

In my world as a photography teacher we have recently begun the GCSE Externally Set Assignment or exam wherein one of the featured starting points was ‘Texture’.

Taking inspiration from the theme itself and the artists listed I took along my macro kit for this weekends dog walk. Below are a few of the shots from this photo walk.

Portland Castle

Portland Castle was part of King Henry VIIIs plan for defending England from French invasion.  The move was away from the classical huge scale castles and towards strings of defendable positions which were strategically placed to create crossfires and killing fields.  The castle at Portland was built during the mid-1500’s to create a crossfire with castles in Weymouth across the harbour.

Like many defences, Portland Castle was built to repel a French invasion which never came.  The structures use for storage during both World Wars means that it only ever saw real action duringt the English Civil War of the 1600’s where it was captured by the Parliamentary forces.

Camera Obscura

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

Been wanting to shoot this location for ages!

Non-Place and Industry

There’s something I’ve always loved about shooting at night. It’s that ‘playground of light’. This, coupled with my love of non-place, deadpan and industrial spaces, comes together to form photographic documents the likes of which many do not consider!