On your doorstep

 Images based on everyday items and things you see everyday. Photographers who take images through out their everyday lives, seeing the mundane and everyday for something new and beautiful.

Sian Bonnell

Uses domestic items to make art. Being a mother meant she spent a lot of time at home, and couldn’t go off traveling to take imagesimages, so looked at her home to create interesting images.

She decorated her house with food, placing groups of food in place of everyday items. Like fried eggs to make up a toilet mat. It’s humorous and visually interesting. You have to do a double take, as you don’t initially think that it is food. You find yourself studying the image to see what is going on.

In her series ‘serving suggestions’ she is placing food in unusual places, asking if food still looks edible and appealing when not presented in its traditional way. The images are simple and not always technically strong, but the concept and the humour in the images are strong enough for this not to matter.

Andre Kertesz

He used a SX-70 Polaroid camera to take pictures from his window of his New York apartment. The images represent his loneliness. He didn’t know anyone but his wife in New York, and he disliked it. Then due to the war he was unable to return to Paris. He was trapped in a city he didn’t like, so used his images to express his displeasure. He put his effort into taking images of those things out of and on his window.

The images feel personal because you are getting a view of his house, his world. They reflect his life and the small part of the world he lives in, his house.

His images are based around the window, due to its significance. It is the portal to the outside. Doors can be closed, but windows always allow you to see outside.

William Eggleston

Eggleston is an innovator, whose work makes us think about the everyday things, in a different light. His images are the most wellimages2 known images of everyday, mundane items. He has forged a successful and well-established carer out of taking pictures of everyday things, which most people would over look.

He uses camera angles, and the formal elements to create interesting and visually creative images from the most boring of things.

‘The normality of these subject is deceptive, for behind the images there is a sense of danger lurking” Mark Holden

When his work was first viewed it was considered boring. It took time for people to understand his concept and appreciate what it was he was doing. The observations he makes that everyone else misses.

Nigel Shafran

A fashion photographer who changed route in his private work. He funds his personal work through fashion shots. His personal work focuses on what is around him, he shoots on 5×4 documenting the things and places he sees everyday.

He just responds to what he sees, when he sees something he finds interesting he photographs it. He is just open to what is around him, and interested in the stories objects can have, their history. It is a simple thought process that relies on observation and not a complex concept and motivation. Shafran looks and finds beauty in what others may find disgusting.

Jem Southam

From late autumn 2010 to spring 2011 he photographed the banks of the river Exe in Devon. The images document the transformation from autumn to spring. The images are simple, not fancy and show the mundane life on the riverbanks. As he lives near the river, he already knew the process the banks go through every year. This also meant he could just walk the banks, whenever he could, observing the scene.

 

Photographing things during your everyday routine, allows you to see things differently. You look more carefully and observe things you have overlooked before. New locations are easy to photograph, everything looks exciting as its new and your haven’t explored it before. Whilst everyday locations, make you feel comfortable and you take them for advantage.

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