Alan Whitfield, Risk, Sale Arts Centre 2013

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http://watersideartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/1297-risk/

Please go and see my exhibition if you are over at Sale in Manchester

I grew up in an industrial northern town. In the 1980s the industry left…

British industry underwent a period of turbulent change during the 1980s

as a result of new government policies.  The Thatcher administration then

advanced the concept of ‘The Industrial Estate’, which became an out

of town regeneration scheme that every town wanted.

As an island, there is only so much small industry our infrastructure can support.

Often when an area receives European funding, it is designated as an

inhabitable Brownfield Site renovation scheme. Such official terminology

can be perceived as disingenuous and becomes a metaphor for deprivation.

I aim to document the junctions and roads of the areas where the jobs never came.


	

Artist In Resdidance Photos

 

 

A Little later than expected ( i forgot) Here a selection of images of the show i put on in Milazzo in Scilly as part of my artist residency. There are also some image from in and around the areaP1000407 P1000405 P1000402 P1000400 P1000399 P1000396 P1000394 P1000384 P1000392 IMAG0145 IMAG0151 IMAG0150 IMAG0140 Artigiana 2013 Presentation 021 _MG_2083milazzo show _MG_2082milazzo show

 

My Past, My future

Somethings are like red wine stains, they are difficult to remove with time get faint but will always last. You can add formulas to remove them. This is my formula!

Cleaning mess of some guys trade.

Right place wrong face.

Scrap heap imprint stupidity,

please give me some validity.

 
Closure of the grinding,

mini cans close my mind in.

Musical defibrillation.

No else to confined with.

 

Time has raced to evolve on.

Scared but wise, still I despise.

Now I’m here, thoughts, no care.

The grinding sparks have untied me.

 

Your age shows experience.

delivery, I can’t contain this.

Feeling the greater love,

enormous glow music buzz.

 

I look to crashing tides.

Screens project our minds.

Well trodden yet fresh,

just this time its mine.

 

Last night cleansed me.

The vocal lifeline echoes.

Your mess connecting to me

love rein on me

True Grit of a Northern Town in Decline


For those of you who know me. I have rather a distinct accent. Some envy, some mock but if nothing else I’m a proud Northerner. Now Widnes is a tough town. We have 3 Victoria Cross medal winners for a start. We once split the atom. Made nose cones for the N.a.s.a apollo shuttle and won the Rugby League World Club Challenge all against the odds. So for those of you that know me I like my prints dark and heavy in the style of Don McCullin.

Don McCullin, Somerset 2000 (above)

Taken on my 120 Bronica. This is my True Grit of a Northern Town in Decline, soon to be home to Europe‘s 3rd biggest Tesco!

Below is my work (sadly i cant get rid of the Don McCullin image above out of the slide show. All other images are mine.)

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Will it Change your View

Adding Photography to music is something that really interests me. I was approached by Joel Cockrill to work on a project with my images to his music. I think the music changes the feel of work. What do you think? The work is from three bodies of work. The now demolished car park from Get Carter in Gateshead called Trinity Square. It was designed by Owen Lunder. One of the top designers in the Brutalist movement. My Surrealist Seamless links work and the more recent ‘your last breath’

Grid Iron 2

Grid Iron 2 is my second collection of metal grills and vent covers. Its funny  im getting some really funny looks off people as I lean to the floor camera in hand seemingly taking a picture of nothing. Ha I hear you cry! Little do they know? This work is from Conwy, Hereford and Abergele.

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I didn’t want people to feel pity

Diane Arbus said “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” I think this body of work documents well.  I think this is a nice way to describe them. ‘Its like opening the curtains in the morning, you know that they are there but until you open them you do not know what the day is like…’

The work by Chris Capozziello documents his brother Nick who is a sufferer of Cerebral palsy. It was covered in the november 2011 feature in British Journal of Photography. The above image was the lead in the story which caught my eye. I thought it looked cool and it made me think of Robert  Mapplethorpe era work when he did the cover for Patti Smith‘s album Horses. It also made me think of the George Michael Album Listen without Prejudice. Nick Comments how he has had the images for some time but didn’t want pity for Nicks struggle. So taking the image on first impression, face value. I question with only the information the image provides why i think its cool. It’s the old chestnut Smoking and the leather jacket. The classic James Dean Rebel Without a cause look.

The second Image again makes you think of Music and long hours sat in the recording studio. When in fact we Know Nick may well be waiting for his pain to pass. The passage with his work talks about his faith. The the cross in the window shows Chris looking for hope and belief to carry on.

I can’t really find to words for this image as i find the pain so graphic in it. I feel I must show these with the questions I have brought with the musical element I saw. This image show of the face that indoors we never see…

The eyes… Chris post operation

Im touched by the plight of Nick Capozziello. I feel the images are justified in that they give normal old me an insight into other people struggle. so beautifully documented

Chris’s work can be seen at www.chriscappy.com

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Using John Szarkowski Photographers Eye Theory



I recently read John Szarokowski’s 1964 book The Photographers Eye. This was produced to cover M.O.M.A first critically acclaimed photography exhibition, in the book he cover the topics which he sees are the 5 basic principles of a photograph. They are

THE THING ITSELF

This is my Cat Millie she runs the house. The look on her face makes me think of Robert De Niro In Taxi Driver http://www.filmsite.org/wavfiles/taxidriver2.wav

THE DETAIL

As you can see from the information the image gives you . She is a cute cat with fine gray fur and eyes that could melt ice burghs. She is always alert never switching off. She can be very placid when she can be bothered with human interaction. The closeness of the image gives the scale human qualities as often used by the likes of William Eggleston

THE FRAME

The framing of the image shows that she is in a house lording it up on a chair. The slightly off centre subject in the image gives you a feel of warmth and content maybe sat in front room

TIME

I had to be quick and get the cat looking straight into the lens of the camera, had she have been looking away it would have lost some power and honesty it was taken at 1/8 f8 iso 100 flash +2 zoom 50mm

VANTAGE POINT

The subject is the key to the image . We are not interested in anything else the image has to offer other than maybe its indoors. Taken from higher vantage point i.e standing; the cat would have looked different. A shot from the side would be distracted by a clock case or the T.v. So on my knees close in at the cats view of things makes us engage with the subject.

These are simple thing you can do every time you take a photo. a simple image can when broken down tell so much. What do you think?

 

Your Last Breath #5

Alone, you call. ANYONE!!!

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Some John Bulmer influence crept into my Hereford Trip

Had a great day in Hereford at the Photography festival . I saw loads of great work in some interesting spaces. Some in an office stair well, a market, a swimming pool and the Cathedral.

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