Colin

Homeless after serving his country . Colins first port of call was to help others whilst getting himself back on his feet .

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Heart Of Gold

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Colin Big Issue

The Big Issue ?

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Addicted to telling stories .

Even when I’m asleep my brain tells me stories .

Today i got speaking to a drug addict who looked desperate . I find it a shame that people reach these unfortunate states in there lifes due to aspects such as drug abuse in our society that seem so easy to … or should in theory be more simple to solve in our contemporary society . But for which reasons most of us could not even fathom this way of life seems to continue if not even thrive in modern culture . It seems as if money per greed and hyman selfishness allow it to continue for factors deemed more important such as social strata , individual pleasure or if just gets too much for some .

Its similair to a crutch for our deepest nightmares .

This shot was taken whilst on another recce acquiring more material for my new project .

Ive been up since the early hours but its all been worth it as I have had one of those great days where i have accumulated some great material that I’m very satisfied with .  Time now for a cup of kigomo expresso whilst I make a start on a book review with my eyes half shut .

I am also very pleased to have been noticed by American Suburb X . Many Thanks ASX .

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I will add more details to this post tomorrow .

Fingered At The Dinmore

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I won’t spoil it for you but Ill let you make your own mind up on this one . Insult or re-living a sex act from the past ? Taken whilst on a preliminary recce for a new project documenting a council estate in Blackpool . This is the local pub ” The Dinmore ” with a local resident walking past it on Dinmore Ave . The pub has been closed down for 3 years and even when it was shut down they still , unfortunately , found dead bodies on the premises . Stories galore of which I intend to seek the best .

 

Combat 18 Protest .

Today whilst driving down the promenade in Blackpool I came across a neo nazi protest by combat 18 . A large number of people had gathered in balaclavas and were showing their contempt for the numbers of immigrants being allowed into the country , particularly polish and Muslims . They were shouting hate speech over a loudspeaker and microphone tannoy system . 
  
Unfortunately ….and which is not usually the case I only had my iPhone on my person . I usually go equipped ^^ . But I suppose something is better than nothing . 

  
They was quite a bit of unruly commotion and the odd scuffle breaking out between right wing instigators and a gang of polish men who seemed to be making regular phone calls . The police protest liaison officers were in sight with lots of normal police and some police medics scattered about . The protesters were making a point about some alleged Muslim rapes that happened the previous night and also how our government has sold us out and we are second class citizens in our own country . 

   This was a moment just before two people were heckling each other and they came close to blows , a combat 18 man and a polish male . 
There were lots of different flags and banners supporting both sides of the argument . Buffer zones were set up to keep different groups apart and people were shouting at the men in balaclavas to show their faces , which they eventually did prior to there speech over the tannoy . 

  

  

    Documentary and Portrait Photography

    Documentary and Portrait photography and its importance on social/cultural representation and change .

     Photography is a modern language through which I seek to find new ways to express knowledge , representation and communication . Langauge and photography , ( of which photography is its most recent and pure form ) , are both tools of immense power . To find new ways to wield it would be beneficial to the seeker . I have a desire and great empathy for my subjects , thus gaining personal satisfaction from showing deep layers of meaning and truth with an image to instigate social or personal transformation that promotes cultural refinement .

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    Our energies should be devoted to constructing photographic texts , which refer to other photographic texts or meta cultural texts at large . The medium as message is dead . Long live the message as medium . G Badger . The Pleasures of Good Photographs p 24 .

    * Photography is a modern language and we should be concentrating our efforts on using it as a pure language which deciphers and leads to important cultural evaluation and linguistic transformation .

     Avedons influence on photography and myself has been his great artistic vision , personal message and the significance of portraying it symbolically which was more important than just subject representation . His ability to provoke reaction and make people ask questions is second to none . Avedons intent with the American west was to bring attention to the unusual class of people living in an unknown geographical isolation .

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     Although it’s a dangerous line to tread , as documentary is set firmly in the realms of reality , I still love to mix it creatively with photography as an art form . A photograph as in language has power which is culturally universal with different meta linguistic awareness perceived as a document of truth and reality . The subject and the picture are not the same . there is an imperceptible layer that seperates itself from the actuality . The public believes that the photograph cannot lie .

     Artistic aesthetic is paramount to me as are numerous stratum of personal and culturally significant context . I have always looked for and sought to achieve in my work a perfect and visually pleasing sight that instills self satisfaction with a great latent symbolic meaning . Images have a great tendency and power for their meaning to be interpreted differently and change subjectively over time . I want my images to provoke all these feelings as they do in me whilst swaying peoples opinions now and in the future . Achieving your great previsualisation in a final image is extremely pleasurable .

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      I believe a good photographer with a quick sharp photographers eye can create images containing artistic expressions of themselves , and document realistic representations of the world around them with a valid cultural message . Art and photography should not be thought of as living in separate categorys

     

     One of Barthes great influences in photography is his book Camera Lucida . Particularly guiding to me were his writings on punctum . “ The punctum “ is similar to a lightning bolt manifestation . As if you have been accidently jostled … and unknowingly pricked by a powerful personal force of realisation . The punctum has been especially important in portraiture and for me as a means of self discovery and true subject representation .

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     If it doesn’t always make itself apparent then the viewer will and should almost certainly pursue it in the next image .

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     Ask yourself what do I see ?

    what do I know ?

    what does it mean to me ?

    Does it affect my life ?

     

     The distinctive interpretationally specific singularity of meaning in dialect and photographs is alive with many storys . Language is a powerful tool to be deciphered . There are numerous intertextual connotations that can be shaped by each viewer and this gives rise to the difference in looking and seeing .

      Bruce Gildens style and genre has been a great influence in my own practice . I like the way he accentuates the whole idea regarding the concept of the actual street genre in his shots by capturing the subjects awkwardness and apprehension . He has also intrigued many others with his up close and personal, in your face approach to his subjects .

      I enjoy the thrill you get from street photography and how you can get a more authentic reflection of life in real time as it happens . I push myself to approach who I am drawn to . The photograph is my trophy, my possession or maybe a personal reclamation .

     It also gives you an excuse to meet talk , explore and discover new people and ideas . I frequently diverge to the street as there is always a subject , it is always available to satisfy my cravings for photography and is thriving with the life that I seek to record .  I love the mysteriousness of photography and its function as a real artform . Its many great mediums and their different artistic expressions along with my personal belief of many undiscovered connections to greater ideas . My main love is within its powerful documentary roots and portraiture with its ability to promote change and send widespread or personally relevant messages over time with deep layers of symbolic meta language .

     

    The Birdman And His Nigger .

    The line where a cultures inmates meet , dissect and change the landscape is sometimes hard to fathom .

    Having lived on and around the Grange Park estate  in Blackpool all my life I have inside knowledge and find it easy to gain access to and approach the people . So I have started a new documentary project which involves Capturing the lives of some of these interesting characters , to gain an understanding of how and in what ways  an estates micro culture meets and influences their lives .

    The portrait below is a face that anyone who lives on grange park would probably be very familiar with .  You would see the aptly named bird man out on his daily excursions around the estate with a huge falcon perched on his hand which he calls ” nigger ” and introduces the bird as ” His Nigger ” . He has a deep passion and interest for these gorgeous creatures which shows in his knowledge of them . He was educated until he was seven when he was dismissed for hitting his teacher over an argument as to whether the craters on the moon were volcanos or meteorites , his teacher thought they were volcanos .

    The bird man has the very similar qualities and looks of a marvel supervillian from the x-men ( Are mutants evolved or crazy ^^ ) . He has served time in the french foreign legion and is very strongly politically opinionated with views that some people would not agree with ! He was definitely very interesting to talk to , having sacrificed goats for isis and possessing the uncanny ability of  knowing whats going to happen before it actually does ( Precognition ) .

    I don’t know wether its because they have been through the mill with their life experiences and its toughened them up but I find these people more down to earth and less concerned with themselves , as are some of the people of today . Grange park wouldn’t be what it is without these fantastic colourful characters and interesting people and there is a lot to be learned from them .

    I love finding out about these charismatic and engaging people . I enjoy knowing how and why people are what they are , what has made them become the person they are today ? To understand what makes them tick . We all have different lives and life experiences and we all have to cope with the hand thats dealt or THROWN at us . Every experience you have nurtures you into what you are today . A person with authentic character will definitely have the most interesting story’s to tell . But the real value is from the knowledge gained via critical analysis of this individual along with their distinct background and  conceiving new ideas from the very core of this essence . A great insight of our cultures failings or successes can be deduced and hopefully rectified from having a thorough and deep anthropological knowledge of its time-served inhabitants .

     

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    “ The Earths magnetosphere controls the cerebrospinal fluid in your brain “

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    ” This is my Nigger ! “

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    We Love The Uk . Your women are the best in the world and Your food is cheap and tasty . My family will never starve and we have free education . The future for my children is bright .