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All stories are about battles, of one kind or another, which end in victory and defeat. Everything moves towards the end, when the outcome will be known” (John Berger)

Above is one of my favorite quotes, the reason why i like this particular quote is because i can relate to it. Because that is how i see life, everyday we live life and that becomes a story, which explains our experience and what we know of the world. We are the narrators that keeps life’s stories in motion, our speaking and writing skills allow us to teach one another weather good or bad, that is human nature and it is our senses that help us experience life.

Out of the five senses, sight is the most important form of communication for me ( OK and touch) because without sight my photography would cease to exist. If i am going to talk about narrative and my photography, i need to explain the narrative that surrounds my work. So, For me to say that my photographs have narrative it is not true, the only narrative that exists surrounding my work comes from the viewer admiring my work. This is why i don’t always title my work,  its not just about me but how my work communicates to people. 

Sometimes a photograph can unlock a memory in a person, or it is something they can enjoy just based on the visual aesthetics. but the photograph is a visual language that can be personal which can make the image more beautiful,

 

Whenever i choose to do some street photography, i never go for my compact camera. These days i choose my camera phone, okay, i’m sure there are many photographers who frown upon the camera phone, but i do have my reasons. My camera phone is non obtrusive, it does not stand out like a sore thumb like a compact camera, it allows me to get closer to the subjects without even disturbing the moment. For me in street photography it’s always about being an observer and shooting in a voyeuristic style.

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Street photography is documentation of society, the reason why i enjoy street photography, is because i can relate to the actions of my subjects. Everyday we all walk in each others footsteps, we all sit and stand in each others shadows, but the only escapism we get from one another, is the stories we read in the newspapers  television or whispers of gossip that travel from person to person. That is society, but in photography you cannot capture those whispers of gossip or know what is going on in a persons head. 

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The purpose of street photography is to accept that this is society, we live in an ever changing fast paced world with new technology coming out weekly, so we never really stop and look to see how far we have come or where we are heading.

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With my camera phone i can shoot,edit, and upload to my website in seconds. It’s important for me to keep up with society with mass communication i.e twitter, WordPress  because it is natural to communicate with people weather it is a written letter or verbally in person.A photograph is a language itself, and is one of the most wildly used languages today, but is unique because it is not written but a representation, a memory of what, once, was.The camera phone is the most wildly used camera today, all you have to do is look at the statistics on Flickr to see, but is only popular because of it’s convenience of mass media. Don’t get me wrong i love shooting film and using my D700, but my camera phone is something i have on me at all times.

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Last Saturday i decided to visit Bardon hill which is the highest point in Leicestershire and an extinct volcano. My initial reason for this small expedition was to try out unexplored territory in my county, first of all i wanted to mainly get to the summit, but as usual i got distracted by some scenery that i felt had potential to become great subject matter.

So lets start with the image above that i took, this is the place that drew me in, the lush grass and trees where dancing in the wind and standing on this ancient volcano that is no more, i realized i had to explore. As i started to walk towards this valley i realized this was not going to be a walk in the park. With each step there seemed to be pot holes that where hidden from my sight, it was like nature was testing me turning it into a game and if i made it to the end i shall receive my prize.

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Part way down this steep slope of fern and thistle i stopped and took a tea break and looked to my left, what a wonderful sight it was or shall i say is. There seems to be a certain dramatic romanticism, mountainous rocks that seem to rise out of the beautiful landscape. To me it symbolizes the natural beauty and power of nature.

 

Eventually i made it to the bottom, as soon as i saw this sight i was amazed but at the same time quite saddened, i was amazed by how much hard work man has put in to gather the rocks and minerals from this ancient landscape, But saddened to the point that man has left a scar upon the earth that can never be healed.

Everytime i look at the first image i cant help but imagine how this ancient landscape must of looked hundreds of years ago.

On Saturday,23rd,August i decided to look at the quarry from another perspective, the industrial side of society has always fascinated me. As i stood atop the hillside i could not help but be fascinated at how a different perspective can tell a different story.

What struck me visually about this industrialized landscape, is that i realized how nature is  a very dominating force in these shots. Because when it comes down to it, without nature and its empowering landscape filled with old volcanic minerals these factories and buildings would not be here.