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Showing posts from May, 2017

Joe Deal: Backyard, California, from Diamond Bar, (1980)

Robert Mann gallery
Joe Deal: The Fault Zone & Other Work 1976-1986

B: development and non-development

The same end house posted before, but this time photographed from up above and at a 90 degree angle.

B: non land

I went to site B today just to take a photograph stood in this, facing the 'last house' on this part of the build through the trees. It's where I've taken previous shots and it's been a few weeks since I was there and it would look different. It's a shadowy, thin wedge of land that seems likely it won't be developed. It's tucked away between an embankment on one side and a fence surrounding an adjoining fishing lake on the other.

B: yellow and green and wire fences

Disturbed earth on a construction site explodes with new plant life after a year or so if left alone. Tough weedy plants with red, purple and yellow flowers eventually teem vigorously from the broken ground. I've been visiting these sites long enough to have noticed they are a common feature, and always feel drawn to them.

 I took a lot of photos today of the plants on the western edge of site B. Something will be built on this spot eventually or it will be tarmaced, so they won't be around another year, I expect.

I have a ridiculously positive memory of photographing the high embankments that were previously along here, and it was a thrill being reminded.

Afterward on the ride home I stopped at Sainsburys and got a quiche made with cheese that had been matured in a Welsh slate cavern, encrusted with seeds.

Ed Sheeran: Shape Of You

previously; site b, pan fail

previously; site b

previously; ground

last summer, on the beach

Ferrier Estate, (to become Kidbrooke Village)

Ferrier Estate, pre-demoliton (became Kidbrooke Village), London

ES article

After the council moved the tenants out, parts of the estate were still open to the public for a while due to the scale of the works involved (and some of the fences were fairly easy to scale). The new houses and apartment buildings were constructed in stages over several years across the 270 acre site. I used to take pictures occasionally when down there. Even though it wasn't my patch, or industrial to residential, I still found myself using some of the framing conventions I'd developed, including obscuring the buildings with trees which is something I became a bit obsessed by.

Rodney Graham: Media Studies ’77, (2016)

Hilda I. Clayton: mortar shell explosion, 2013

military review article:

A mortar tube accidentally explodes 2 July 2013 during an Afghan National Army (ANA) live-fire training exercise in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. The accident killed U.S. Army Spc. Hilda I. Clayton and four ANA soldiers. (This photo was taken by Spc. Clayton.)