Some Stories In Search Of An Ending - Gerry Badger

July 1996  from the  Upton Pyne  Series, Jem Southam 1996

July 1996 from the Upton Pyne Series, Jem Southam 1996

Gerry Badger discusses the process of experiencing the landscape scene when he cites Muir:

"We simultaneously encounter two closely related but different landscapes. The one lying beneath our feet and extending beyond the horizon is a real landscape: It is composed of rock soil, vegetation and water, is home to an abundance of creatures, and has objective past and present existences. The other is the perceived landscape, consisting of sensed and remembered accounts and hypotheses about the real landscape. It is, therefore, a selective impression of what the real landscape is like. - (Richard Muir)

Here Muir is talking about the essence of what I am trying to portray through the aesthetic of my landscape images. It isn't what you see before the lens that I am showing, but what is there through these 'remembered accounts' (Muir) that is important.

Badger later talks about a walk along a beach with Southam to outline the lengthy process endured up to a dozen times a day when only a few images are actually exposed. This time is what drew me to Southam's work in the first place. He talks about the connection with the places he makes pictures in. "I need to attach myself to a place and return again and again to make work there". (Southam) The knowledge he then passes onto the audience "whilst in part being about change, photography's perennial subject - are also about continuity, connection, memory, history"

It is this knowledge I assume I am looking for in my images. I am certainly looking for memory as this is where I started this investigation. However it is also about the connection, and the history of a place. And this knowledge can only be really found through the repeated return to the same place to gain as much knowledge as possible to turn a photograph ( which Badger says can be made anywhere using a camera) into a picture which hold all the information and knowledge needed to pass onto the viewer. This idea of the difference between the picture and the photograph is something I started to think about when I watched a video interview with Jeff Wall about his images where pictures become poems. You can find it here.



Southam,J and Badger,G 2005 Landscape Stories. Blind Spot Books New York