New project: In a previous life I spent my days working with everything I had to find answers. The role – a traffic officer (police, not a highways mask) – was often mocked as being the anally retentive evil doer of the ticket giving variety. The reality was that I had the pleasure of working with a group of mostly hard working individuals who spent their time being determined professionals desperate to make life safer and to find answers when individuals lost their life on the roads.
I had the privilege of running investigations in to road deaths as well as being a family liaison officer. These two roles often led me to be amazed by and very concentrated on learning all I could from the scenes of fatal collisions. These places are parts of our communities that we use every day and that we live in and are part off. For a few hours they become crime scenes and then are released back to our communities where, for most life goes on. The transient nature of these places has always fascinated me and so it was this that I chose to explore in this photographic project.
This project is in part a reflection, but also a small tribute, looking back at what I used to do with what I now do and tipping my cap to those who continue to do the ‘job.’ whilst respecting those who have passed on in these places.
Until next time – here’s the project
Firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter. This time of the year brings people together through faith or otherwise and I hope you had a enjoyable time. I’ve been busy during the holidays, working on a number of projects. None of them are in a state to show you at the moment, but so I thought I’d share with you a little bit of inspiration – my favourite photographer…..? Maybe
This is not an easy title. Music is a big part of my life and I can still not label one track or band as my favourite. It is the same with photography, so I start, especially for those who are new to the word of documentary photography, with one of the three photographers, who along with the amazing Szarkowski who produced the exhibition, New Documents, that changed the world as far as photography stands.
The photographer I choose is Garry Winogrand. I implore you to spend 15 minutes googling his images and at least an hour or two looking at them and considering them. He had an amazing talent and his work is still being produced, as seen by those of us who made the trip to Paris recently. I would argue that the other two photographers, Arbus and Friedlander probably had a little something extra about their work, but for me Winogrand’s work connects emotionally and is utterly superb.
Little known fact…… Joel Meyerowitz was asked to be the forth artist, but didn’t feel he was ready and so politely declined. It wasn’t a bad decision if you look at his amazing work, but a big call for a young artist.
Until next time…..