We picked out our favourite work during our visit to Free Range photography week one and had a flick through the catalogues we picked up when we got home. Before our official Free Range Spotlight, we're showcasing some of what we think is the stand out work from the first week. We hope you enjoy our selection!
Mary's work immediately stood out in the huge space Westminster always show their work in. It was in a great spot with plenty of room around it to take in the bold colours and landscapes the images represent. Mary's way of representing the landscape is really interesting and we'd like to know more!
There's an interesting element to Emma's deconstructions of the landscape, the unusually bold colours and placement of mysterious objects seem rather industrial. The images spark a connection to many New Topographics photographers and we can't help but draw links to Lewis Baltz and Robert Adams.
Rineke Dijkstra and Alec Soth inspired, we thought this series of work was a really simple idea, exhibited beautifully, and found it interesting finding out more from reading Daniel's description. With well thought about compositions and lighting, the portraits are relaxed and somewhat cheerful. They bring a sense of ease to the viewer.
The image on Alex's postcard was probably the most interesting from the series. The colours, depth, and composition seem to represent the old paper mill site really well in an editorial, clean aesthetic. Alex really shows his ability to portray a narrative through images.
Roseanne's hang and idea was really unique and we spent a long time studying it. We felt like we could really interact with the images on the wall using her key; telling us which images were seen as beautiful and imperfect, and so on. We're intrigued to find out where Roseanne found her inspiration and the theory behind her work!
Once we'd read Rachel's statement, her images aren't what most would have in mind, they're unique and have a way of capturing the viewer through her technique. The process of walking and making work is a popular one and it's interesting to see so many different outcomes of the idea. It would be great to find out about Rachel's inspirations for the work.