PHO704: Weeks 3-4 Work in Progress

For the moment, my work in progress is taking me to the areas of St Clement’s and West Oxford.

It has been hard to settle this module, but I am finding that things are changing and that a theme (or themes) has emerged.

My reader of Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie (Fisher 2016) is leading me to select images that express something strange or unusual, but not the uncanny in its traditional spooky and noir form. My feeling is that a pure ‘uncanny’ approach has its uses but is too much of a cliche today to make it the only intent in one’s photography. Besides, I looked at the uncanny in a previous module and I would like to progress beyond it.

And in looking for the strange and the unusual, I am slowly detaching from the hard-edged social documentary approach with which I started this whole course. I am now moving more into fiction. This will be the influence of Calvino’s Invisible Cities ( Calvino 1997) which I am reading, but it is also the direction in which I know I need to travel.

Clicking on an image in the gallery will produce a larger, lightbox view.

References

CALVINO, Italo. 1997. Invisible Cities. London: Vintage.

FISHER, Mark. 2016. The Weird and the Eerie. London: Repeater.

Figures

Figures 1-10. Mark CREAN. 2020. From: Silent City. Collection of the author.