Thoughts on space and poetry.

A lot of my work over the last few years has centred around street photography.

“Street photography, a genre of photography that records everyday life in a public place.”

(Street Photography by Naomi Blumberg, Britannica, Street photography | Definition, History, Types, & Facts https://www.britannica.com/art/street-photography#ref323286

From its very beginning, as more documentation (early 20th Century) through the commentary based on social change (the 1950s) through to the personal approach of the 1980s today, practitioners have been drawn to capture the street. In all its positive and negative light.

Where I currently think of myself within this genre is somewhere in the arena of documentary observational commentary. A bit of mouthful. Add: the desire to be anonymous, non-confrontational, respectful but looking for a decisive to ongoing moment.

Day, night, people, places. From wandering to specific moments such as the Edinburgh Festival. Mixing analogue and digital photography.

“Gaston Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space” (La Poétique de l’Espace, 1958) is a phenomenological interrogation into the meaning of spaces which preoccupy poetry, intimate spaces such as a house, a drawer, a night dresser and spaces of wide expansion such as vistas and woods.”

The implication in this book is that the house is full of resonance and memories and that our relationship to this space is a visceral and poetic one. That when thinking about the house, we are not looking to describe it, but rather “to grasp the essential qualities of space, the intimacy of the house, the protection and bliss that it grants us”.

For me, what the book is trying to imply is that there exist poetic signifiers in images and that these then create resonance within the viewer which is external to the actual image.

This is something that I am keen to explore.

References

Street photography | Definition, History, Types, & Facts, Street Photography by Naomi Blumberg, Britannica (website accessed 17th January 2020) https://www.britannica.com/art/street-photography#ref323286

Street Photography: Street photography (website accessed: 17th January 2020) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_photography#cite_note-1

Gaston Bachelard – The Poetics of Space – summary and review (website accessed: 17th January 2020)  http://culturalstudiesnow.blogspot.com/2011/06/gaston-bachelard-poetics-of-space-attic.html