Moving on from my curatorship task, I decided to continue with the theme of my second 'room': man's impact on the environment. One of the main features of this are urban environments such as cities. The world is becoming more urbanised every year with more than 50% of the population now living in cities with the built environment constantly changing and increasing in size. The architecture of buildings has to constantly change and evolve to accommodate the increasing population.
Focusing on 'Urban Environments', I traveled to Moorgate to take these photographs of construction work for my brief. In urban areas, there is constant redevelopment taking place, completely overtaking cities. Cranes tower over buildings with metal scaffolding overtaking buildings.
I visited New York City and looked for other instances where humans would have impacted the environment. Buildings were an obvious choice and so I focused on four main areas: Looking across, Looking up, Face on and Zoomed in. Within these four areas I wanted to explore different angles and perspectives of buildings, so I went on the High Line as it would help me to be closer to the buildings and higher up so that I was able to take photographs from a new perspective.
For the 'Looking across' section I was by the Hudson River. These photographs were made black and white as the absense of colour helps to bring out the boats and the buildings that are lit up by the sun in the first photo. Using my ...lens I was able to get a good close up shot of the buildings opposite me in the second photograph. This enabled me to remove any kind of scale so the viewer can't tell how big or small the buildings actually are.
For the 'Looking up' section, I took photographs from below tall buildings. This made the buildings look like they're towering all over
Being on the High Line enabled me to take photographs of buildings without distorting them as I was directly in front of them. The first and second images worked especially well as I was able to capture the whole of the building. Doing that made the buildings and surroundings seem like a toy town. I also increased the contrast, vibrance and saturation in all of the photographs to make the buildings stand out more. The colours of the buildings in the first two photographs also emphasised the fact they looked fake.
For my third response
Moving on from buildings, I wanted to see what else I could photograph under the theme 'man's impact on the environment'. Structures such as pylons or train stations are another way that humanity has impacted the environment. These intricate structures tower over everything in their path and the wires connecting them seem to go on forever.
For this response I went to Hornsey and Finsbury Park train stations. In the images below, instead of making the whole image black and white like my last response, I selected the part of the image I wanted to be in colour and increased the saturation and vibrance. I then selected the inverse and made the rest of the image black and white.
In this response I continued with the metal structures I took in response 5. I experimented with Threshold (?)
For this response I traveled to Banbury Reservoir where there are many pylons.