I went out this morning and brought some black and white film then hired the Nikon FM2 camera from the AV Store as I wanted to shoot film this week and shoot film tomorrow in Blackpool. I walked around the city today taking photographs but didn't take many as the weather was quite bad an I'm determined to shoot as many photographs as I can in sunlight and I want the photographs to have natural contrast and hard shadows. I just so happened to walk past the Castlefield Gallery so I went in and had a look around. The work in there was by the artist Iain Andrews and consisted of paintings and illustrations, their subject matter was centered around the stage and people performing but they were painted in a very free style that looked like abstract impressionism as you have to look very close to work out where the figures are. It almost looks like he painted a scene in the Renaissance style of Raphael or Michelangelo and then intuitively smudged the paint. His work was very interesting and different to anything I've seen. This week I want to focus on photographing flatter structures that focus on shape and a more two dimensional pattern (like the photograph I compared to Rothko's work last week). I want to have a set of images that flows nicely and has similar subject matter but individually the photographs will still be strong.
(Above) One of Andrews paintings at the Castlefield Gallery.