I have been researching for over two years the impact of informational media on society, with a specific focus on photography and the internet. In the same time I am photographing subjects that depict portions of enormous global networks, that are either infra-structurally invisible or mundane and ordinary, that we fail to notice them. For my final project I am exhibiting a set of images from this extended body of work, as framed prints in a gallery.
The previous research undertaken for the photographic symposium has helped me identify the medium’s limits but also the extended history. The research undertaken and also the extended two year period I have been doing this project, can be reflected in this final piece. On the way there were many difficulties, ranging from the logistics behind the project, to crucial curatorial decisions. There were multiple instances that I could not photograph because I could not have a window seat, or having the wing within the frame. I will seek with this body of work to prove my passion for the current subject of communications and networks built by humans and hopefully, it could work as a key to unlock, inaccessible locations.
I have based my work on classic principles of the documentary discipline, but with a modern twist, since it is informed in various instances by practitioners and artists like Simon Norfolk, Edward Burtynsky, Rob Hornstra, Richard Mosse and Trevor Paglen. I have been taking in interesting aspects of their practice, or simply specific bodies of work, selected for the mediums the utilise, the language used, the research undertaken and aesthetics. The same time my work is inspired by more traditional photogaphers like Ansel Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, other practitioners within the New Topographics and of course Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work.
As I previously mentioned in Definition and Mapping of final project I have deliberately targeted a wider audience, utilising visual aesthetics that can easily attract one. I some way it subversive, that my photographs could seem to document skies and clouds, but only act as front to the major project undertaken in the background. The same time are appealing to photography collectors, a means to fund the the rest of the project, and get this work under attention.
I have printed 6 images for the purpose of this exhibition. All photographs are printed of high quality photographic paper, clear white mat at 240gsm. In order to give the photographs an appropriate companion, I collaborated with a local framer that created 4 bespoke wooden frames, with white finish, glass, and preservation backing. It wasn’t the cheapest way to go, but I had decided from the beginning that if these photographs where to be exhibited in a white wall gallery, they have to adapt to the medium. This is the reason I will only be printing a limited number of 10 for the whole set, at 420x420mm. The prices are yet to be announced, but interest have been noted already, even before the exhibition opening night. On the time being, the set can also be viewed at the virtual exhibition, Alex Edwards and I developed, and download lower resolution copies from my flickr account under Creative Commons licensing.