Urban landscapes possess various aspects of duality which have long intrigued me. Insular by design, the organic is in constant conflict with the inorganic. Built to separate and protect mankind from the elements and the natural world which is actively kept at a distance, but without human presence and constant maintenance would in time weave around every street corner, force its way through the paved ground, envelop every man-made structure and reclaim the land we build our empires upon.
Similarly that detachment and dichotomy also extends itself to society. Physically living side by side with soaring population rates within and around cities, one would think a strong sense of community would be ever present but as people largely pass one another by, isolation and disconnectedness becomes increasingly prevalent in the modern world. I also think about the static nature of architecture at odds with the constant motion of traffic, workers, pedestrians, commuters busily moving to and fro below, the changing sky and weather patterns above, the passage of time in which generations come and go, walk the same footpaths, occupy the same buildings which stand quiet and de ant in the face of the rush of change.
For the first assessment of my ‘Thinking Visually’ class I am asked to design and produce an A4, bound, landscape format workbook around an urban environment theme which contains exercises designed to both document and gain an understanding of the various colour, compositional and inspiration concepts covered in class through creating and sourcing our own visual materials.
The first exercise involved taking at least ten photographs of anything that I might find to be interesting around my local city. Wandering around I quickly discovered that you don’t have to go far in urban environments to find a flood of subjects to capture. These are a series of the photographs taken travelling to and from campus on foot, whilst traveling on public transport and casually exploring my immediate surroundings.