Sunday, 9 May 2010

John R.J Taylor

I've found a photographer who has conducted a similar project to that which i'm undertaking. Effectively his work shows the interior of various suburban London homes, with textual captions which are direct quotes from a tape recording.

What led to this finding is my continued pursuit of wishing to display my images with captions, based on the explanations my brother gives of the scene or object. I think it will personalise the images further and remove some boundaries between audience and exhibition. In this vein I also want to use free standing frames of varying sizes on a table that the audience can pick up and examine. Not too sure whether that approach will work though.

I also like the idea of viewing the exhibition as a museum of life and emotion. My brother can be viewed as the curator for example. This can lead to the notion that the images displayed in the exhibition space, are artefacts of importance displayed for a specific purpose. Although the images may show relatively unglamorous scenes or objects, it will urge the audience to think about their importance.

Tangent over, back to the work of John R.J Taylor. The front cover of the book i've looked at is below;

It seems difficult to find any of the images in the book online so i'll have to scan some and put them up. Initially, the one that I find quite inspiring is simply a face-on picture of a potted plant on the landing of a staircase. The image does seem to show the audience a corner of the next set of stairs suggesting they warrant walking up in exploration. The scene has the caption "I always have something like that up there. There's a table up there at the moment with something on it. I get fed up with seeing things in the same position...I just like change."

Text can be powerful in accompaniment to the images for this project and is something to look at in depth.

All the other images in the book are interesting so i'll post them up here soon.

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