Depicting a journey

The key to depicting a journey is not through the strength of 1 image, but a series of images. Here are some examples of what I mean.

Nan Goldin

‘Gilles and Gotscho’

I use this series a lot in my research projects, but thats because it’s impact has never worn off. When depicting a journey Nan Goldin has such an intimate relationship with not only the people but her photos that they immerse you in the Journey she is experiencing, even if she isn’t in the photos.

As individual images they are still powerful, but as a series they grip the audience in a different way. Much like a book make you wants to turn the next page, Goldins work makes you want to see more. We become involved in the journey of these two men and feel emotional attached to them

This is an example of an emotional journey, for the purposes of my project I am now going to look at a series of physical journey images.

Paul Graham

‘A1 – The great north road’

We looked at this series in photo book club last year. It’s a series of images taken between 1981 and 1982 of people and places on the A1. Paul Graham the photographer spent a lot of his childhood travelling up and down the A1 so this project is very personal to him. The A1 is considered to be the back bone of the UK, connecting the north and the south. They places along the A1 however aren’t taken notice of, they are temporary stop off points for truck drivers and families.

As a series it makes me stop and think about all these places I have driven past and never taken a moment to stop and reflect. And although the series was made before I was born, I know I have been to places like this recently. Making these photos timeless, they depict a place which never expands, it is always there just doing it’s job, which in todays society is quite refreshing a comforting to see.

existing photographers sites

Joon Brandt

This site is great for where Joon Brandt is career wise. For me I don’t think I have enough strong work to have an all image space. One thing i love about the site is the full screen feature, which I took the screen print in, it lets the content speak without the frames of an explorer. The Navigation is clean, all in one place, and the self scrolling screen is great, especially as it follows the photographers theme of scrolling across not down. It can be hard to control however. It is a clean smart and simple layout which the most basic of web users could navigate their way around comfortably.

Frederick Clement

The first thing i liked about Frederick Clements site is that instead of waiting for images to upload, wondering wether the site is broken, i am given a percentage upload. Next I love the full screen images, this leaves no room for branding, and hyperlinks have to be limited. This is a site you need to visit to feel the interface, the side scroll mixed with down scroll works so well, and using sections of images instead of whole ones teases the viewer to see the whole image. Although i’m not a fan of the colour yellow, i think for his active and sporty photography it really fits.

Alberto Ovideo

Again there is no compromise with image quality, instead the user is given an upload percentage, keeping the viewer engaged for the few extra seconds it take for good quality images, which it is so important for photographers to have. A distinct logo is present which is really important, so simple but so effective. Maybe this is something i should consider, because my name is so long it can take up a lot of space, and is not very catchy. Again another easy navigation system offered at the home page, and image galleries scroll form left to right. The pictures have been thought about, very yellow toned images are offered first, then blue is introduced, ending in the blue toned image. A beautiful way to show images. The navigation at the bottom is great, clean and simple and offers social networking link which is really important to me. And the viewer can add images to their own light box which they can then download. This page is all about the viewer looking at the work and having power and control rather than the photographer imposing their work onto the viewer. This is the key to a successful site. I think I have found My ideal site. I also love the fact they mix their commercial and commissioned work and personal.