Photographs, Ben Dolman 2012
In an earlier blog I choose ten images that lead me to this point in my photographic practice, now the selection of ten images is for a virtual exhibition. I have been banging my head against the wall for the past four days thinking how I go about the selection. Should it be thematic, sequential, singular, by location, project based, defined by colour, composition, be conceptual, have a narrative, be abstract, or purely based by subject.
Up to this point in my photographic practice I have treated the taking of photographs and reviewing them as being in a flux where things group and uncouple by chance, images are revealed and then fade from trace. Nailing things down even to a virtual wall is hard as I have to define and make judgements, up until this point in my practice I have preferred the undefined. Still it is an exercise worth trying even if the conclusion is to reject self-curatorship and let someone else do the selecting and see why they choose certain images.
The easy option is to select a sequence of images from a defined project to create a linear narrative but I have chosen instead to try and find contrast and contradiction in the selection, that said I still needed some kind of structure, a structure that can carry and nurture different dialogues in some kind of coherent manner in a virtual white cube.
I have decided to go with groupings of three images and just one image on its own. Why groups of three images, the triptych. Three is a strong structure to hang work on and shape things within, it creates interesting visual and conceptual narratives, it allows for interruptions, counterpoints and tension. A triptych could be shot on location like my Encroachment piece on the opposite page or it could be a selection of similar photographs.
Encroachment Part One, Ben Dolman 2012
Encroachment Part Two, Ben Dolman 2012
Encroachment Part Three, Ben Dolman 2012
Group One : Man Made Land
Quarry, Ben Dolman 2011
Storage Tank, Ben Dolman 2012
Sugar Beet, Ben Dolman 2012
Group Two : Arcadia
Arcadia, Ben Dolman 2011
Path, Ben Dolman 2012
Arcadia, Ben Dolman 2012
Group Three - The Fens
Shit and Straw, Ben Dolman 2012
Farm - After Constable, Ben Dolman 2012
Horse, Ben Dolman 2012
The Single Image
House, Ben Dolman 2012