The (In)decisive Visual Journey
This project is inspired by Nick Waplington's book 'The Indecisive Memento'' which documents his travels around the world.
These photographs were taken on a journey from London to Dublin and then from one area of Dublin to another. Each photograph was 'seen' before I pressed the shutter. I didn't simply snap away. I thought that it was important to look around as I was walking or travelling by bus or train. I was unsure what to take photographs of at first but remembered what I had noticed from Nick Waplington's - the way in which he captured shapes, blocks of colours and odd angles. Soon I started to feel more comfortable with composing images and then capturing them. Some photographs had to be taken a second time as I wasn't pleased with the angle or I wanted the photograph to be a close up. I used a variety of mediums including the camera on my phone and various apps including Hipstamatic so that I could experiment with a square format and bright colour. I also used a digital camera. I found it quite liberating taking photographs whilst traveling on the journey as there were many possible subjects. I didn't have to worry about capturing specific things. I could just respond to anything that captured my eye. If I missed photographs it wasn't a problem as there would be another opportunity further along the journey.
I then decided to edit the photographs by choosing selection which I was pleased with. The editing process was quite difficult as I had 100 photographs to start with and I decided to select only 30. I deleted photographs that were under exposed. I also deleted ones where the colour was 'bleached out'. Some photographs were cropped and had only part of a sign or a small selection of a window, or were so blurred it was difficult to tell what the photograph was of. For example, the last photographs where there are simply bright yellow stripes were cased by sudden movement, I kept some photographs which I would have ordinarily deleted if they were for another project but I knew that I could use such photographs to pair with others. I have noticed that there are a lot of bright colours, specifically a lot of yellow which will be interesting when I put the images together side by side to form diptychs. I am hoping that some of the images will contrast with each other and that others will complement each other in terms of colour and shape. It will be interesting to see how the images work together when I create a set of diptychs.