Expressing Your Vision
- Assignment one ‘Square Mile’
- In our earliest years we know a patch of ground in a detail we will never know anywhere again – site of discovery and putting names to things – people and places – working with difference and similitude – favourite places, places to avoid – neighbours and their habits, gestures and stories – textures, smells – also of play, imagination, experiment – finding the best location for doing things – creating worlds under our own control, fantasy landscapes.
- (Professor Mike Pearson)
- Make a series of six to twelve photographs in response to the concept of ‘The Square Mile’. Use this as an opportunity to take a fresh and experimental look at your surroundings. You may wish to re-trace places you know very well, examining how they might have changed; or, particularly if you’re in a new environment, you may wish to use photography to explore your new surroundings and meet some of the people around you.
- You may wish to explore the concept of Y Filltir Sgwar further, or you may deviate from this. You may want to focus on architecture and landscape, or you may prefer to photograph the people who you think have an interesting connection to the square mile within which you currently find yourself.
- You’ll need to shoot many more than 12 photographs from which to make your final edit. You should try to make your final set of photographs ‘sit’ together as a series. Don’t necessarily think about making a number of individual pictures, but rather a set of photographs that complement one another and collectively communicate your idea. You may wish to title your photographs or write short captions if you feel this is appropriate and would benefit the viewer.
- However you choose to approach this assignment, it should communicate something about you: your interests, motivations, and your ambitions for your photography. Think
- 14 Photography 1: Expressing your Vision
- of it as a way to introduce yourself to your tutor. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to respond to this brief, as long as you try to push yourself out of your comfort zone in terms of subject matter. Try out new approaches rather than sticking to what you think you’re most successful at.
I felt that I wanted to use a location which reflected the idea of a set area that resembled a ‘square mile’, so I chose an area of London near to Paddington Station and Hyde Park where I tend to stay whenever I visit London. I first came across this area about 8 years ago when I stayed in the area whilst doing a course. I usually try and stay each year when visiting London to get a top up of Art Galleries and Exhibitions.
The majority of those arriving past the advertising are tourists staying in the Paddington area. Despite coming for a break, the advertisement hoarding is suggesting it’s time to get away.
The point which many tourists arrive. Most probably miss the different styles and uses of the surrounding buildings as they rush to their hotels.
Just like in ‘Albert Square’ in Eastenders or ‘The Rovers Return’ in Coronation Street, the Sawyers Arms stands out as a key landmark in the Norfolk Square area. Although virtually empty in the day it is a hive of activity in the evening.
Although in Central London the large bold street sign gives a clear identity to the area. Despite there being many hotels there is also a thriving community.
Although London is seen as busy there are numerous green havens with the area commanding its own small park. The historic buildings and greenery suggest peace and tranquillity. In the far distance a local residents block of flats blend in.
The local store interestingly labelled as a Wine store is the local supermarket selling day to day provisions to meet the needs of the locals alongside tourist gifts.
Work and Play
The square is full of hotels which are the main employer in the area. In contrast thousands of holidaymakers and contractors stay to enjoy the joys of London.
At the end of the square is a more plain residential block of flats marking the start of the main residential area.
Rich and Poor
On the right is Easy Hotel- one of the cheapest in London and part of the Easy Jet empire. On the left in contrast is a Range Rover – on of the most expensive of ‘everyday’ cars.
The Grand Hotel
Many of the hotel frontages are extravagant, giving the appearance of grandeur despite many of them being on the more budget end of the scale.
Tucked away are several mews houses down ‘back alleys’. Each one opens up into its own little rich haven
End of the Road
A few minutes walk away is Hyde Park and Kesnsington Gardens which offer a haven to relax and socialise in. The link to nature could be anywhere but the two bins suggest many people use this area.