Out Of The Ordinary
Much of my photography is spontaneous in nature – wandering, exploring, discovering, observing – often in everyday places. It's a way of working that I find very fulfilling - just drifting.
Out Of The Ordinary has developed from this approach, and reflects my interest in people’s relationship and interaction with their environment. The series explores the kind of places that most of us walk or drive past every day, without really noticing – places where the infrastructure of human habitation interacts with the natural environment. These are dynamic landscapes, constantly being altered, and part of the fascination for me is the element of chance involved in the photographs – coming across scenes that may look very different the following week or month.
I try not to have any plan or pre-conceived ideas when exploring. Sometimes I am simply drawn to the play of light and shadow, or colour and form, but often I am looking to create images that have an element of ambiguity, hopefully leaving the viewer with questions. By playing with composition and balancing visual elements, I hope to transform the ordinary and common-place into something interesting and unusual.
The project is ongoing and for me has become a journey through everyday Scotland.
The whole series so far (and new images as they are added) can be viewed at – iainsarjeant.tumblr.com