Welcome back to Photography Explained with the second instalment in the series. In these posts, I hope to make some sense of some of the photography that I have taken and offer information on the decision making processes behind them.
In this particular edition, I will be discussing a collection of photographs named Accidental Art. These images are the remnants of an art class discarded into a sink. These often go unnoticed and regarded as waste but the mix of colour and pattern when you’re least expecting is what interested me. This led to an extensive process of seeking out these obscure pieces of beauty. Whenever I was lucky to find these discarded remnants I made sure to take a photograph and over time built up a portfolio of similar images but always different in terms of colours and patterns present.
Below is a selection of the photographs for this particular collection:
After researching into the world-famous Leonardo da Vinci further reinforced my thinking behind this particular exercise. A theory coined by da Vinci suggests that art can be found at any moment. The advice was directed towards those that were experiencing a creative block. This passage is taken from Leonardo da Vinci’s words: ‘If you look upon an old wall covered with dirt, or the odd appearance of some streaked stones, you may discover several things like landscapes, battles, clouds, uncommon attitudes, humorous faces, draperies, etc. Out of this confused mass of objects, the mind will be furnished with an abundance of designs and subjects perfectly new.’ The overarching reasoning is that an artist should try and find meaning in chaos.
This was exactly what I was attempting to do when carrying out a simple exercise but with a greater meaning behind it. The quote devised by Yotam Ottolenghi, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ sums this experience up rather nicely and I implore you to do just this, find beauty where it is least expected, in my case a classroom sink.
Till next week, all the best.