If you haven’t already realised, I’ve stolen the title for my project from Blur’s 1994 album. The actual song doesn’t relate to my images in any way, it’s too upbeat and I want my photographs to have a more emotionless feel to them.
Going into this project, I envisioned my final series would consist of around 5-7 photographs of parks as a whole, shot from a distance, with a large amount of sky in the frame.
The final outcome is of two different parks, broken down into five pieces of equipment. The images are a lot closer and a tighter crop than I originally intended, but as the project progressed, ideas changed. I could have chosen 7 final images, but I felt the 5 I have chosen work well, and adding another two images would weaken the set.
The physical prints I have produced in the darkroom are not technically pristine due to the scratches and emulsion marks which I have previously mentioned. The scale of the prints makes the marks very noticeable and a little distracting. I could have sent the touched up printable TIFFs I have created to be printed, which would have had no marks in them, but I am content that I decided to print the photographs myself as this allowed me to be in the darkroom once more.
In terms of contrast and tone, the photographs have a slightly more moody feel towards them than I wanted. I would have preferred a blank, flat, evenly lit sky with no clouds, but each time I planned to shoot the weather was not on my side. However, over the course of project I have grown to love this and feel it is needed within black and white photography.
I would have liked to of been able to shoot more photographs for this project as there are still many parks I didn’t get chance to capture. In total I ventured out three times with the 5x4 camera but I wanted to double this. I was limited to the amount of dark slides I could borrow as other students were shooting 5x4 too, which affected the amount of pictures I could make. Not being able to drive really effected the locations I could travel to and how often I could go out to shoot. The bigger, slowed down process of 5x4 film is very time consuming and I don’t think I was realistic enough when setting my goals for this project.
Overall, I am pretty happy with the work I have submitted (apart from the scratches in the prints) as I feel I have the signifies of a topographic landscape within my images. I have enjoyed working with my own written brief and having the independence to explore my own photography route.