The photographs in this series were made in Brighton and Hove during 2010. They feature objects and creatures that I scooped up from the local surroundings and introduced into the body of my camera.
I hoped through this approach to encourage the spirit of the place to clamber aboard the images and be encapsulated in the film emulsion, like objects embedded in amber. My aim was to evoke the feeling of the area at the same time as describing its appearance.
This technique meant I was grappling at the point where intention collided with chance. It gave me less control, and there was a considerable element of surprise, but working with photography’s weaknesses alongside its subjective descriptive strengths is a challenge I enjoy.
The results included some highly detailed macro recordings amongst and within the landscapes and portraits. I like to think of these photographs as in-camera photograms in which conflict or harmony has been randomly formed in the final image depending on where the objects landed.
I also used a magnifying glass to concentrate the Brighton sunlight onto some of the negatives in order to etch markings directly onto the image. Some of the negatives I dipped in the sea. I was imagining and hoping the finished series would be like the regurgitated contents of a giant vacuum cleaner.
– Stephen Gill
– The series Outside In was commissioned for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 by Martin Parr.
During the month of November, Paris transforms into the City of Photography! The 3rd annual Festival Photo Saint-Germain-des-Pres gives viewers a chance to see a wide range of photo works — old and new — presented by 38 local art galleries all within strolling distance. The theme this year: Faces and Bodies.
How much visual information do we really need to see a picture and understand it? How do photographs define our memories, and what would happen if the photos started to lose their details?