Project 2 – Lens work (Fay Goodwin)

Research point

Do your own research into some of the photographers mentioned in this project. Look back at your personal archive of photography and try to find a photograph that could be used to illustrate one of the aesthetic codes discussed in Project 2. Whether or not you had a similar idea when you took the photograph isn’t important; find a photo with a depth of field that ‘fits’ the code you’ve selected. The ability of photographs to adapt to a range of usages is something we’ll return to later in the course. Add the shot to your learning log and include a short caption describing how you’ve re-imagined your photograph.

Fay Goodwin

Fay Goodwin was a British photographer best known for her B&W photos of the British countryside.

She started off with as a portraits photographer of British writers and covered almost every significant writer between the 1970 and 1980. More so she was engaged in the landscape tradition raising awareness of the ecological problems facing the UK in the ’70 and ’80.

She, just as Manual Bravo, had no formal training in photography.

The images as most appealing but the resented the description of ‘romanticised’ images to the strongest. All in black & white which makes the images reduced to composition, structure and light. In her last interview she said she didn’t get wrapped up in techniques. She followed simple rules and spent as much time in the location as possible. About her landscapes she said:’ … I don’t think there is such thing as a definite picture of something. The land is a living, breathing thing and light changes its character every second of the day’. (Interview by David Corfield for ‘Practical Photography’ December 2004)

 Her images are quite the opposite of the standard coffee table book compositions which are usually lush green country sides with blue skies. The images emphasis the light in a very dramatic way which makes it even more striking as they are all in black & white which makes it even more dramatic. It is very interesting to see landscape photography in black & white. Today’s landscapes are more reliant of dramatic colours. I actually prefer her images to today’s magazine like landscapes.
Interestingly enough is that almost all her famous photos are in the 6×6 format which is a very unlikely landscape format.

An interesting video report about the photographer

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Segsbury Camp, Berkshire Downs  sketch3


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