Friday, 20 February 2015

Narrative Photography Research - Mark Power

Mark Power is a photographer I have been influenced by. Power's book A System of edges shows photographs that he has captured around the edges of London and he has used the A - Z Atlas as his guidance. The book shows a narrative of photographs that have been captured throughout 2003 - 2004. The places he has captured have fallen out of the city into nothingness. The places he has captured lack identity and look as though once they were used and now they are left and abandoned.


G.B. ENGLAND. London. (From the series 'A System of Edges - Landscapes at the Limits of the London A-Z'). South of page 152. 2003.
This photograph has been captured on the outskirts of London and looks as though it has been left and abandoned. It looks as though it was a used tennis court but has been neglected.


G.B. ENGLAND. London.
(From the series 'A System of Edges - Landscapes at the Limits of the London A-Z').
North of page 22. 2003.
This photograph was one of my favourite photographs, the colours in the photograph have drawn me in. The weather looks as though it was foggy as the background beyond the trees of misty and almost blurs out the rest of the world. It leads the viewer to wonder what is beyond the tree the photograph was capture, almost wanting to walk further ahead to explore what's beyond the mist.

G.B. ENGLAND. London. (From the series 'A System of Edges - Landscapes at the Limits of the London A-Z'). East of page 156. 2004.
This photograph was also interesting to me and I also think that the contrast in the photograph really works well. The gates are open but no one is home, there is a lock on the gate suggesting that the owner would have locked the gates. The photographs mood is mysterious, once again Power leaves me to wonder what's further on beyond the gates. Just like the previous photograph, that has fog in the background hiding what's further beyond the photograph, this photograph also hides the background. The background of the photograph has been darkened by the trees that lead into a forest. The gates are all mouldy and even match the colour of the trees, which I think gives the photograph a successful outcome. There is also a camera on the tree which suggests that someone is watching the area. The lock on the gate and camera suggest that the area is a private area and this could have stopped the photographer from exploring further.

G.B. ENGLAND. London. (From the series 'A System of Edges - Landscapes at the Limits of the London A-Z'). South of page 147. 2003.
This photograph has an apocalyptic feel to it as there is no human presence in the photograph. The fog obscures the road further ahead. The traffic lights are working and are on green, this could suggest that the lights are telling the viewer to explore further beyond the traffic lights and into the fog. There is no separation between the sky and the road ahead and almost fans out into nothingness. Overall, I think that this photograph was successful due to the angle as well as the weather when the photograph was captured. 
 
 
 
G.B. ENGLAND. London. (From the series 'A System of Edges - Landscapes at the Limits of the London A-Z'). East of page 9. 2004.
 
This photograph also has an apocalyptic feel to it, it's as though something has happened and the builders had to leave what they were doing immediately. The house doesn't look like it has been in use, even though it looks like an old building, I feel as though it was a new building made to look old. Again, there is no human presence in the photograph and the house doesn't look as though it has been lived in. Also some of the bottom windows almost give the house a surreal effect due to the mirror reflecting glass. The mirror like glass, from the angle the photographer has captured it from, gives the impression that something that no one outside is allowed to see and looks secretive and private. 
 
G.B. ENGLAND. London. (From the series 'A System of Edges - Landscapes at the Limits of the London A-Z'). North of page 9. 2004.
 
This photograph is ironic in it's self, this is due to the pylons right next to a children's play area. The park looks as though it has been build in the wrong place as it looks out of place right next to the electric pylons. The mood this photograph has is more of a dangerous one, this is because of the danger of where a park has been built. The photograph makes me feel anxious and makes me wonder why a park was built in such a place. Due to the angle of the photograph, it looks as though there is a pylon in the park behind the slide, almost looking like it could be a climbing frame. The colours in the photograph stand out and the diversity of the grey next to the colourful park standout, the overall photograph has a sense of confusion to it. 

 
Overall, Power's work has made me feel that the photographs all have an apocalyptic feel and some of the photographs make me want to explore further. The photographs have a sense of mischief from the weather condition being foggy. Overall, I think that the photographs have been successful and Power has been able to show the edges of London in a complete different light, in comparison to London City.

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