An insight into alternative ways of viewing Art, myself and four other Fine Art Photographers have organised and put together a photography exhibition on a street in Cheltenham, as part of a university project.
Just a few Christmas card graphics- the result of playing around in Photoshop and feeling somewhat festive all of a sudden. Enjoy!
After visiting the Liverpool Biennial I was fortunate enough to view the work of Kohei Yoshiyuki, a somewhat interesting photographer with an even more interesting body of work. During the 1970’s Yoshiyuki, has quite innocently stumbled across a group of men and women hidden within the darkness, copulating in the open spaces of various parks. Inquisitively intrigued by what he saw, he went back, coupled with a 35mm camera, infrared film and flashes to document the slightly disturbing and unusual events that took place a midst the darkness.
His work; taking a voyeuristic surveillance approach when it comes to documentary photography, positions the viewer in such a way that we feel as if we are engaging in the activities documented. Whilst the photographs themselves are not sexually explicit, they instead, suggest the idea of sexual activity, as most, if not all subjects are clothed when photographed. These are the types of photographs you have to see for yourself, not because they hold a intrinsic physical quality per se, but it is the way in which they are exhibited that changes the way you see them.
I was guided into a pitch black room and handed a flashlight, in order to see the photographs that where hung up on walls, that merged into nothing. (it was that dark) The flashlight, that we were encouraged to use, allowed us to see what our eyes couldn’t, almost in the same way as Yoshiyuki when he came across the couples in the park. I was not only looking at what he found, but i became a voyeur as i gazed in torchlight upon various couples frolicking in the parks. I think that the exhibition itself was cleverly thought out, and the juxstapostioning of the viewer and the photographs in relation to the experience that Yoshiyuki had when photographing the events, was nothing i have witnessed before. It made the experience so much more personal as I was able to connect to the images through my actions in that very room.