Process

Now that I have spent time looking at work, reading articles, interviews and texts I'm trying to gather my thoughts into some kind of solid configuration. 

 Jem Southam by Andrew Nadolski, 2013

Jem Southam by Andrew Nadolski, 2013

I recently came across an interview with British landscape photographer Jem Southam who was being asked about his work and his working process. 

The idea of being forced to slow down my making is something that is very appealing to me. Not forgetting that my practise has come from an almost obsession with the family album and memory, and thus the snapshot aesthetic so articulately described by Charlotte Cotton in the Intimate Life chapter of Photography as Contemporary Art".

"Working with a 10x8 and sheet film dictates a slower, more thoughtful approach and requires tremendous effort form the photographers the camera can often take minutes to set up before the image can be visualised and then it is upside down and back to front!". (Southam, 2013)

It is this more thoughtful approach described by both Southam above and also Spinks which I have mentioned in other text which has given me the idea to use the 6x9 Fuji rangefinder. Although still medium format it doesn't have a light meter built in so the process is still made slower by using a hand held meter and also the negative is so much larger that you only get 8 images per roll of film. 

What happens during that "thoughtful approach" before the image is made? For me is is the time where the magic happens. Its the time when the memories and sometimes the imagination take hold and the reflection on the past takes place. This is the time I am so obsessed with investigating and recording. 

I once looked into the Aura of the photograph, and I personally think this is where the Aura lies. Perhaps something to look into in the future of this masters programme.