What art has the potential to do is to become a social commentary on the world around us. While my photography may not be as making such a blatant point Fritsch’s cock, in its own, sometimes subtle way, it’s a commentary of the world I see around me.
Whether it’s architecture, landscape or street photography, it’s a snapshot of what I see and is very much rooted in where I am, who and what I see and when. I have found that I have started merging the architecture and street photography a little as I have started including people in some of the photography. For many years, I shied away from taking photos of people as I had grown tired of being told off for taking a photo of someone.
However, I am starting to find ways to include people. People can often give context, but including people also mean that the architectural shots are less austere or harsh. It doesn’t mean I have started including people in all of my photos – it depends on the photo. It just means I don’t shy away from it.
The social and political statements I am making in my photos are perhaps more subtle as they reveal everyday life. The feedback I really found useful and insightful from the exhibition I was in last November was when non-photographers who visited the exhibition were able to find their own stories and narratives in my photography and were relating to my images in their own way. Speaking with them allowed me to see my photographs in a different light and gave the new insight.
I am perhaps starting to see my photography as a narrative – the narrative of the world I see around me.