Research For Square Mile – EYV

I haven’t signed up for the Undergraduate BA Hons Photography degree with The Open College of the Arts as yet (January), but I’m aware of the first assignment. With this knowledge I’m preparing some preliminary research.

My photography will take place in an area of London which is known as the Square Mile (also known as The City). My initial idea was to explore the disparity between visible wealth and poverty. However, with my left wing views its easy to discriminate against what my idea of the wealthy are. I’m fascinated by people and I want that fascination to be explored more fully during this assignment.

Browsing some books for sale in a church I noticed one called “The City – The Traditions And Powerful Personalities Of The World’s Greatest Financial Centre” which I will use as the starting point of my research.

IMG_20190923_091145Fig. 1. The Bank Of England (1982) “The Chief Gatekeeper and the Assistant Gatekeeper dressed in full livery and carrying the staff of office, in the entrance hall of the Bank of England.”

My research will include “Humans Of New York Stories” by Brandon Stanton. This work becomes relevant as I aim to make portraits of the people whom I encounter and involve a brief interview so that I can present image with text about the person.

 

This post is at the beginning of my research and I will update this as I progress.

 

References

Staunton, B; 2013; Humans Of New York Stories; Online; AT; https://www.humansofnewyork.com/about

Images

Figure 1 Lowe, J and McLachlan, S; 1982; The Bank Of England [Photo]; In Lowe, J and McLachlan, S; 1982; The City – The Traditions And Powerful Personalities Of The World’s Greatest Financial Centre; London; Quartet Books LTD; pp 94

5 Replies to “Research For Square Mile – EYV”

    1. You’ve really helped here Sarah. This has been the development of an idea about showing the inequality in London. You’re comment made me think that despite inequality, wealth or poverty all people study. I could take a far-left approach and highlight the inequality, or I can take a humanist approach and make portraits and brief interviews. It’s a different approach that pushes me out of my comfort zone. I want to retain my left wing and humanist values, but not become a far left cliche. Thankyou.

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