London and the First day of spring

London and the First day of spring

After a rainy and cold winter, the grasses on the South Bank London suddenly became full of life.
No longer scenery to walk past, it suddenly became a space to inhabit, shot on Bronica medium format camera with Ilford 120 analogue photographic film.
This space outside the Tate Modern in London had been walked past for a number of months and even avoided due to a water logged winter, suddenly the cloud broke to reveal a stunning spring day with temperatures in of around 19 degrees.  Office workers, tourists and street performers suddenly adapted this space into a leisure area; damp and wet grass no longer avoided, as it dried lunch was eaten, balls were kicked and the space adapted with the weather and the mood of the inhabitants.

The medium format Bronica camera captures a square (1:1) crop on film, giving a beautiful quality to the photographs similar to those now emulated by instagram. The film was hand developed using Ilford chemicals, negatives were then scanned via Hassleblad Flextight scanners in order to then print on large format Epson printers for display at UCA Rochester. I was able to utilise Performing For The Camera’s billboarding outside the Tate Modern for some street photography.

 

‘Serious performance art, portraiture, or simply posing for a photograph… what does it mean to perform for the camera?

Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, right up to today’s trend for selfies. 

This exhibition explores the relationship between the two forms, looking at how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.’

The Show includes Masahisa Fukase Bukubuku (bubbling)1991, Martin Parr Autoportrait: Benidorm, Spain 1997, 

Amalia Ulman Excellences & Perfections © Courtesy Arcadia Missa and The Artist​ and more.