Final book photos

Here are some images from my final book stitched and ready fro the review and hand in tommorrow... Sorry if some are slightly out of focus the autofocus on my lens wasn't working properly so had to use manual focus at quite a wide open aperture as it was not great light in the room!

I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out in the end with large images and just a small bit of text to supplement the images without taking to much attention away from the photos. It is an open ended narrative with the images, you can take your own narratives from them as you see the images. At the same time it is kinda a dual narrative as well with the text having a loose story running through and then the images linking to the text but creating different narratives at the same time.

Cheers for looking!

Ever After, Asako Narahashi

This is an interesting book by Narahashi looking at the land from the sea, this creates intriguing photos as you don't normally see things from the the sea looking towards the land. In his book Narahashi has gone your a relatively simple layout with just one or two large scale images to a page without any text, letting you focus on the narrative of the images.  They are comforting and disorientating at the same time as you can still see the land in the distance but seems to be just floating at sea as well. For my book I want to go for quite a simple layout as well so the focus is on the images with not too much text, just a sentence or so. Image  Image













More Images from North Downs Way

Here are a few more final edits that I am using in my publication...

These images reflect the quiet corners of the landscape more that I discovered by looking around the environment as I walked. I am kind of trying to elevate these subtle images through the act of photographing them, and adding the text from the Canterbury tales will add weight to this and give a loose narrative to my book. 

Medium format, and by using 6 by 6 film in a Hasselblad 501CM...amazing camera has helped me to focus on these corners of the environment instead of more of a sweeping vista of the landscape and it captures all the intricate details.


Publication Examples

For my project a book is the best way to present the images with the text to supplement them so I have researched into a few different publications that use text and images in different ways.



This is an interesting book by Jon Tonk's that look's at a set of small islands in the South Atlantic and how there small communities operate in these relics of the British Empire. He has photographed the people, landscape and traces of the past on the islands. He has gone for a quite traditional format that works well with one image on a two page spread and the text a combination of history and anecdotes from Tonks to work with the images. This simple layout allows you to really delve into these remote worlds and the text goes with the photos really well.



Here is an image from the series taken on the Falkland Islands.

Narrative more photos..Farnham to Guildford

Bit late posting this but the main chunk of my narrative project was taken when I walked on the North Downs Way from Farnham to Guildford with my friend armed with a hasseblad 501CM and canon E0S 650D. Through the 12 or so miles we walked I took four rolls of film and quite a few digital images. Here are some that I may use in my final series, will be a few more up soon. 



In terms of how I am planning to use these images in making some sort of publication, as the photos I think would work best in a book format, showing this journey through the landscape photographing discoveries along the way, the combination of the man made and natural. To add more of a sense of narrative to the images I am using text from the Canterbury Tales, as the route from Farnham to Canterbury has historical connections with the route of pilgrims that travelled to Canterbury and the north downs way was likely a prehistoric trackway, developing into a route of traders taking an alternative and easy route east across England. It is this sense of history that I think will work well with the images taken today and supplement them with this added narrative.



Petros Koublis

Petros Koublis is an interesting photographer who did a series recently produced a series of work entitled ''In Landscapes'' where he photographed the landscape on the outskirts of Athens, combining images with supplementary text hinting at mythology. The work almost look's like it is from a different world at times, transporting you away from the struggles of Athens through the photography. Th images have a open narrative to them with this timelessness of nature in the photos and there hint's to mythology particularly with the text.

This images is entitled ''Somnolent'' with the caption underneath saying ''Beyond the brittle towns asleep'' December 2012



These images are a good example of how text can be used to supplement an image without framing a particular interpretation too much. The text does add to the image with it's hint's at mythology and an escape from the problems in Athens.

Photos for Video

So here are some of the images from where I have walked along part of the North Downs Way to Moor Park from Farnham. Eventually the final narrative will be a going from farnham to guildford and then back on the train so the visual story comes back to the start.

I am going to combine the photos with sound of the busy dual carriageway right next to the entrance to the north downs way and have this contrasting the images. 








Descriptive Camera

Was doing some online research yesterday and stumbled across something really interesting about how a guy called Matt Richardson who had an idea to develop a ''descriptive camera'' where instead of a photo you have a description of a scene instead. It uses crowd sourcing to allow people on the web to input the tet to an image, which the camera then prints out. I thought this could be an effective way to create narrative in a similar way to Martha Rosler's, ''Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems'' where the text informs the narrative of an otherwise seemingly ordinary and mundane scene. The text printed out from the descriptive camera leads you to imagine the scene without the photo, it could be interesting to experiment with using text that contrasts what you see in the image for my printed narrative. Here is a video of the camera in action...


This could be interesting in the future if technology is developed to produce descriptions of images without human intervention as there could be possibilities to archive our never-ending collective database of photos into groups in term's of what is actually being photographed.

''Feral Houses'', James Griffioen

Feral Houses by James Griffioen is an interesting project where he drew inspiration from living in Detroit and photographed some of the thousands of abandoned houses, almost in a feral state in the summer with nature reclaiming the buildings. The narrative is within the questions the decaying nature of the houses ask you as a viewer, why was the house abandoned like that, who lived there? The narrative is within what is not there, and this is an idea I want to explore in my project. The way it looks at the co-existence of the natural world and man made something I may explore as well. As my project  looks like heading down the route of a journey like narrative with sound contrasting the landscape but I may slowly have more evidence of civilization after the initial narrative is an escape from a busy environment, as it slowly comes back to guildford from the North Downs Way.


Where My Project is Going

So after thinking I was going to develop the idea of seeing and image kinda through as screen with taking photos of the environment through a phone screen I have decided that the aesthetic of it may get quite repetitive and it may not portray a narrative very well. I was also told this in my tutorial recently and although I may experiment with using this repetition to form a narrative, could take images in this style but of photographic trends, taking photos of your food..instagram etc, things that are photographed so many times. However I think I am going to focus more on the idea of using sound to contrast the images you are seeing, and how the natural environment away from the urban environment can be a form of escape from the busyness of everyday life..time to reflect etc.

Here is an image from one of the shoots I did to get ideas...


So I may record the sound of the busy dual carriageway that is right next to the North Downs way entrance to contrast the images of natural environments. I think I am going to work towards a similar look to Paul Gaffney's images with subtle landscapes, maybe showing things in the natural environment you may not usually see. For this a medium format camera will probably work best, allowing me to slow thing down although I may try to have a go with large format as well.

Alban Lecuyer, ''Here Soon''

Here Soon by Alban Lecuyer is an interesting series of images where the narrative is questioning our current representation's of the city and how companies usually try to make conscious, commercial decision's in there computer generated images of new buildings. The sky's are normally blue, the people tend to be young and attractive with lot's of over saturated colours. I found this work interesting in the narrative it creates by subverting these usual conventions, and I think that could be quite an interesting way to create narrative.  


Paul Gaffney, ''We make the path by walking''

Paul Gaffney is a photographer who has given me quite a bit of inspiration for this narrative project with his series we make the path by walking in particular as he journeyed over 200 miles across Europe, capturing this journey of meditation within the landscape in beautifully subtle images that allow you to interpret them in your own ways. The narrative may not be initially obvious but it exists it the intricate details of the natural environment, and also in what is outside of the frame, as the photos were taken in many countries in Europe and these disconnected images of the natural environment make you think what lie's outside of the photo. This is more  evident in the images where man's influence on the natural environment creep into the images. Here is an image from that series....


Camera Phones...Narrative in my project

Firstly I stumbled across this article from 2010 in the guardian, few years ago but still relevant, goes in depth on the rise of the ubiquity of the camera phone and how it can be both a hindrance and a helpful tool to document and promote etc. As I think this is the general idea I am basing my narrative project on.

One idea i had of forming a narrative out of this is going along the North Downs way, well some of it! As it begins in Farnham this could provide a journey type narrative but I don't really want it to just be a linear and obvious story so I may think about experimenting with different things...

Using sound recordings to add narrative

History of the North Downs way

....Will blog more about this soon, still thinking of ways to show a story in the images :)

North downs route map below


Narrative Experiment 2

Here I think I have an interesting idea of using my phone to have an image within an image, and it is relevant to how everyone is a photographer today with instagram etc so It could work well to experiment with this idea, I just need to think about how I am going to thread a narrative into this and what my subject will be...

I am interested in doing something with music photography as at concerts today you do regularly see people watching the gig through their phones, so it could be interesting to document someone else's experience at a gig by taking a photo of their phone?

Or I was thinking about maybe using a journey as the basis for a narrative...rough ideas at the moment 




Sian Bonnell



Sian Bonnell is an interesting photographer I looked at last year who uses everyday objects to construct interesting and often alien looking scenes that really hold narrative in their simplicity.

She uses lots of everyday items and then takes them into a landscape to create this abstract and surreal looking compositions. I might think about how I could use found objects like Gabriel Orozco to create narratives in simple ways like this. 



Narrative Ideas

Just gonna get some the thought's about narrative and how it could be experimented with in photos...

One interesting aspect of this I like is how everyday scenes could be subtlety altered to create visually engaging photos.

I have briefly looked at the work of Gabriel Orozco as he distorts everyday items, he is quite a conceptual photographer in the way he focuses on space and place and makes subtle interventions in everyday scenes, really creating narratives in the image.

Some actual photos of his...


I may want to explore how things can be manipulated either in person, actually physical altering a scene or how digital manipulation, and how narratives can be created from this. I want to experiment more with how

I could use photoshop to manipulate thing's. I am still unsure of what my overall theme could be at the moment but maybe stereotypes could work if i try to alter things like Orozco?


Stories in Photography

My current project in year 2 of my UCA Farnham photography degree with the unit being focused on narratives and their constant appearance in photos. I am just beginning to note down a few ideas and want to think about how narrative can be structured in different ways....linear, random,  with repetition or without an ending.  Also how it can be boxed in different packages...theoretical, poetic, in the form of a diary, fictional in a book etc

Here are a few interesting examples of narratives in different forms...


This is an image from an interesting series by Martha Rosler called ''The Bowery in two inadequate  descriptive systems'' This series looks at the relationship between photos and text in terms of framing narrative. I find it quite interesting although initially it i hard to piece together the relationship between text and image with the photo just a New york street but it s quite a clever way and random way to question the way people associated certain words with the homeless living in the Bowery in New York. I like the way it kinda leaves you to figure out the text and image.