This exercise asks me to respond to the photograph Derriére La Gare Saint-Lazare.
Homage is creating a photograph which takes it’s idea from another photograph or painting.
Whilst this is not something that I have intentionally done in the past, I have created two of these since I started this course. The first was inspired by Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Seascape series.
Exercise 5.2 required me to take a photograph in homage to any photographer. Having recently visited the exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs in Aberystwyth, I was particularly struck by one of the portraits. That portrait was of Doris Saatchi, the first wife of art collector Charles Saatchi.
This exercise is called “The distance between us”. I wasn’t absolutely sure what this meant, but a discussion with my tutor told me that it referred to emotional distance.
Consequently I decided that portraits would be required and the obvious suitable subjects would be my fiancée and her son. She would be closest to me both physically and emotionally whilst her son would be further away. Continue reading Exercise 5.1