Psycho-Photography (The Monochromatic Kaleidoscope)
This tryptic is called Psycho-photography (The Monochromatic Kaleidoscope). My approach was to use a large format camera and very slow 25 iso 5x4 film. I created the images through multiple exposures and everything was done within the camera. No manipulation photoshopping or post production. They were simply printed using an enlarger.
The project centres around the fact that cities manipulate us into knowing where to live, work and consume, but little else. The transport systems create a series of fragmented microcosms. This often results in people being unaware of how where they are located relates to where they have come from and intend to go. This has made me feel anxious, uninformed and alienated. I have thus undertaken a series of psycho-geographic walks to orientate myself within the metropolis. Psycho-geography is usually an expression of how the intersection of humanity and geography impact on the psyche. It is a neo Flaneuristic pursuit.
Robert McFarlane writes: “Psychogeography: a beginner’s guide. Unfold a street map of London, place a glass, rim down anywhere on the map, and draw round its edge. Pick up the map, go out into the city, and walk the circle, keeping as close as you can to the curve. Record the experience as you go, in whatever medium you favour: film, photograph, manuscript, and tape.Catch the textual run-off the streets; the graffiti, the branded litter, the snatches of conversation. Cut for sign. Log the data-stream. Be alert to the happenstance of metaphors, watch for visual rhymes, coincidences, analogies, family resemblances, the changing moods of the street. Complete the circle, and the record end. Walking makes for content; footage for footage.”