This is where i live- well, actually, I'm in a couple buildings down the street, but it's the same scene. Couryard in the middle of three residential buildings. I'm on the top floor and our little porch has a view to the courtyard. The other day a squirrel nicked the lights to my flatmate's bike from the porch. He saw it happened. I'm not lying.
These are a couple photos from my photography project. I might post some more or just post the whole thing when the project is finished. It's become quite the controversial topic in class.
Basically the project is built around a trigger and an action. What you choose to do can be as basic or as meaningful as you want it to be so I decided to choose something that would prod a spiritual discussion with my class.
The phone booths that are dotted all around London shocked me when I first arrived because even as you walk by them it is clear that there are images of naked women pasted everywhere inside of them. I later learned they were ads for call girls (prostitutes). I was offended by the images and the fact that they were so available to everyone, even children. I chose the booths as the trigger and then the response was to take a picture of the ground every time I walked by as a means of distraction. My critique was that I wasn't really addressing the trigger and my class really wanted to me to go inside these booths. For a long time I resisted that and felt it was completely against my original intention, but then I talked to Ben Krogh, a great friend, last week and explained my frustration. He suggest that I should go inside, but spend that time praying for the women on the pictures and praying protection over myself. He also suggested getting prayer support from my friends back home. I really liked that idea and decided to give it a shot and still shield my eyes from the images through the blurring of the camera lens.
So the experience became about the mindset and spiritual preparation of creating the photograph. When I went inside those booths I immediately felt claustrophobic and spiritual darkness, but I just kept praying while trying to compose a successful photograph of the experience. I had a really good crit after presenting the photos and it spurred on a really good discussion about prayer and miracles where I was able to further present my Christian worldview to the class. I've got a couple more weeks before I create a Large Format photograph that will embody the the whole project. Not sure how i'll compose that image yet.
So here it is: what i've been up to at the AA for the past couple of weeks. I'll try to briefly describe it.
The design problem is to densify and intensify a site south of London Bridge called Bankside in Southwark. it has large amenities such as the Shard, Borough Market, Guy's hospital, and a large public transit station. I've chosen to densify by building up the perimeter of the existing void spaces in southern region of the site to connect back to the successful commercial bit in the North. I'm also looking at how the private areas can become more porous and link back to the larger public voids. The second part of the project was to implement a small structure or change part of a building using permitted planning development code to tie the concept into a particular building. I've chosen a simple canopy/porch structure, that if implemented along with "green" corridors, could tie the private voids and public voids together experientially and visually. Hopefully that is clear. the crit I would have on myself is that I'm not sure if I show the next step clearly enough. I mean, part 3 is spent implementing the concept holistically, but im not sure if i've clearly set the stage.
The storyboard on board 1 explains the film and vice versa. It was the first film I've ever made so... But i'd love for some feedback and anyone's critique. bring it.
When I saw this addition yesterday I laughed. It's amazing the gems that you find just walking around this area near London Bridge. From the street it is completely hidden, but it has a view across the Thames to all of London. It's beautiful in its simplicity and connection to the "old". This might be one of the coolest things i've photographed here.
I have so many pictures to go through, it's going to be a good summer for photo edits based on the fact that i'm swamped in studio work. I'll be posting when I can though. Next on the list is my first film.
I am an architecture student at Judson University outside of Chicago, IL. Sometimes design is not enough of an artistic outlet for me, so I pick up a camera. This blog is the result of that outlet. Hope you enjoy what you see. I am available for weddings and freelance work.