THE DAILY MENTION – Ross Rawlings
When on the source, graduate photography page, I came across a picture as I did not know what to look for, and it was an image of two people, in an intimate relationship performing some kind of physical act, done in such a way that it makes me look and discover the whole series. I have no prior knowledge of Ross Rawlings work, but I felt compelled to write about it, as it is so intimate yet public.
I have always been a fan of photographs and relationships and how they work together, and what kind of implications about publicity of those chosen private moments, to become part of a stream of images online. Does the act of recording this action of lust, love and contempt for each other affect the scenario. Does the fact that a project is being made affect how they communicate, does he talk to her less, does she reveal less as she knows it will be shown to more than him. These are intimate moments, and what is beautiful is that we can see them, because these are moments when we are in the scenario we do not see them, and to take a step away and record it as it happens is both difficult, not just physically but emotionally also.
What is beautiful, and it is, is that you begin to feel for this woman on show, and when I say on show, I do not mean that negatively, it is a collaborative understanding that the issue of the heart will be taken seriously and treated with care. It could be talked about the visual qualities that enhance the sensation intended when you see the images, and the series finds a way of making us fall in love with this girl, but why should we fall in love with her, when the experience is someone elses. What I love about this kind of work, is that it raises many issues about photography itself, but ignores them and carries on, because the act on show is so powerful we just ignore the reason why we are seeing them, we just look.
Ross mentions in his synopsis, the use of the shutter release which enhances the almost elevated experience you gain from this, as the photographer himself is as much to do with the frame than the subject in question. I think this is to remember, as the love between two people is such a fragile thing, but its so strong that you want to hold onto that feeling permanently, because that feeling, is the best feeling we can feel as people. To borderline cheesy, we live to feel the love of another in many ways, from a lover, friend, family member and an obsession or activity.
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A few weeks ago one of Falmouth’s best know beach hotels caught on fire, with very strong winds on the day the fire started the hotel quickly was engulfed in flames. I was alerted by the activity on my twitter stream that the hotel opposite the beach cafe where I work was on fire. My interpretation was that it was just a small fire, but by the time I had got there the whole roof was on the verge of collapsing. People were being ushered back from the hotel and I managed to get into the cafe opposite which was providing shelter for the hotel residents.
It was a very surreal time and I started taking photographs of things happening around me. I only had a roll and and a half of film to use but here are some of the photos I took. Out of 140 bedrooms 120 of the rooms were destroyed by the fire and the hotel has now been closed off with 24/7 security keeping watch of the remains of the hotel.
I took this portrait in 2010, I asked Catherine if I could take her portrait she agreed only if we could take it in an overgrown industrial green house that she had seen and wanted to explore in Redruth, Cornwall. Catherine was observing a small robin that had suddenly appeared in front of her when I made this photograph.
I was honured to be invited to contribute to this years #PicBod, a free and open undergraduate class, run by Jonathan Worth at Coventry University. We discussed my photo projects with the class and I showed some previously unseen work that I’ve made recently, I wouldn’t usually choose to show work in progress, particularly as its at it’s beginning stages but it seemed fitting to show the #PicBod class as it meets the themes of the module. You can see this work here http://goo.gl/HefRw and you can listen to my discussion with Jonathan here http://goo.gl/RVBTU
© Ross Rawlings. 2011. all rights reserved.
I took these portraits of Sian last week. We met in the afternoon and walked around some public gardens whilst I took photographs of her. Her bright red lipstick stood out to me and I wanted to capture her eccentric style. We then walked to a back alley where I made some more portraits of her. I got a lucky break as the sun broke from the clouds and gave the portrait some more depth.