Duck wrote:I have always admired photographers who have found ongoing projects with a cohesive theme, like Minnie's Dam Birds project or Ernst's various projects including his Yank Them Off The Street series. For me to get into a project, though, it needs to have enough content to hold my attention. I need to not only be captivated by the subject matter but also feel as if I'm both growing as an artist and contributing something of worth. The Dam Birds project is a perfect example as it brought environmental awareness within the bird's community to the plight of their habitat. That is fantastic. What's even better is the understanding that was not the overt intention of the series but rather something that evolved organically from the images. That's something to be proud of.
I live in a small but growing town with a lot of history, but then, most towns have a good deal of history. Unfortunately the town has seen an explosion of growth over the past decade and some of the older building are being lost in the current redevelopment. My studio is in a building that's over 100 years old. It has a lot of history and a lot of character that is interconnected with the rest of the community. Every time I have clients or guests I am always pointing out some small feature about the building, something that would otherwise go unnoticed because it's not a readily visible feature. This morning I had a wonderful idea, start documenting the town, not by it's large and obvious landmarks but it's smaller, less visible details. The trick will be to show that detail yet somehow let the viewer understand it's a part of a larger recognizable landmark. Of course this will rely heavily on the viewer having a familiarity with that landmark to begin with.
While I am not looking to do this as a 'project 52', per se, I thought since it is a 'project' of its own this would be the most appropriate home for it. I'll post images as they become available.
Duck wrote:The final goal for the images I post here are to have a gallery showing in my home town. The images will all center around well known landmarks, buildings and locations in my home town, but with a twist. Instead of showing a typical view I want to highlight some small, often overlooked, detail but have it in context to the location so people who know the location can have a small "aha!" moment.
I have not made a decision as to whether any of the images will have any titles or location data when I show them, relying instead on the viewer's deductive abilities and possible exploratory nature to figure out where in their home town each image was taken. Kind of like a home-based "where's Waldo" game. For the sake of everyone here, though, I will add a little background information.
Duck wrote:... This morning I had a wonderful idea, start documenting the town, not by it's large and obvious landmarks but it's smaller, less visible details. ...
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