Hiroshi Sugimoto | Architecture of Time

All images used in this article were taken from ‘Hiroshi Sugimoto: Architecture of Time’ (Schneider 2002) – Published alongside an exhibition of the same name. 

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“…it seemed like an interesting idea to photograph 20th Century architecture out of focus.” – Sugimoto explains. “The concept of time applies – I’m trying to recreate the imaginative visions of the architecture before the architect built the building, so I can trace back the original vision from the finished product.”

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Simon Roberts – Pierdom

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGERY USED IN THIS POST IS FROM www.simoncroberts.com

While trying to come up with ideas for my master’s project, I discovered the work of Simon Roberts. In particular, his series ‘Pierdom’.

From series 'Pierdom'
Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier, Somerset, 2011

“Made over the past three years, Pierdom is a comprehensive survey of Britain’s Pleasure Piers. Predominantly constructed during the 19th Century in the context of expanding Victorian seaside resorts and railways, these structures were often erected as landing docks for pleasure steamers and other sea craft. Growing to accommodate the needs of day-trippers escaping the smog of the city, engineers began to incorporate bandstands, cafes and music halls into their designs, embracing the growing notion of ‘pleasure seeking’ by the seaside.” [SOURCE]

From series 'Pierdom'
Saltburn Pier, North Yorkshire, 2011
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Pierdom, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, 2015-2016

This is only a small sample of Simon Roberts’ extensive study of piers. [View more here]

I came across this series after becoming interested in how we spend our British summertime. A lot of what I was finding included glamorous black and white images or the use of colour, such as Martin Parr. Both of these techniques produce beautiful photographs, however I enjoy the desaturated appearance of Pierdom. Even moreso against the grey walls of the exhibition space.

Don’t forget to check out Simon Roberts’ work. I recommend Urban Parks.

 

What I’ve Learned From Postgraduate Study (so far…)

I’m over the half way point in my year studying MA Visual Communication at Southampton Solent University. With my Master’s project looming, I have been reflecting on the past six months. Was it worth it, and what have I gained?

I never did the traditional 3 years away at university, so a long written report or dissertation was not something I had to conquer, and my final major project felt more like something I was fitting in around leaving home than something I really got stuck into. The result – I lacked any knowledge of what I wanted to do or the confidence to do so.

That all sounds familar from talking to other graduates who feel the same, however I wasn’t okay with that and wanted to find myself and develop the skills I could take into the workplace.

So, what have I learned?

1 – It’s okay to change (or interchange) disciplines.
I went from being almost certain graphic design was for me, to wondering why I came out of a graphic design degree having just done a photography project. Most importantly, I was proud of it and what I had created. The particular MA I am studying prides itself in being multidisciplinary and taught me that I didn’t have to choose, I can do both.

 

2 – Presentations are not scary. 
Not just presentations, but sharing ideas and opinions. Whether it’s overall confidence as I am getting older (a grand old age of 23…) or something I am learning, I no longer feel overwhelmed with dread when made to show my work. In fact, I enjoy it! This, along with other transferable skills, makes me feel more ready for the workplace than ever.
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3 – Having no idea is a good idea. 
Stressing out about things that MIGHT happen is something I have become very good at. I have always liked to know when, why, and how something is going to happen long before I tackle it. However, I am starting to thrive in the process of getting there, rather than the end goal. Not knowing what you want to create or research is sometimes key to truly being creative. 

More to come as I continue my studies over the summer!

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