Watching the Game [Prologue]

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Is there any wilderness left? With a camera and its frame you can make believe there is, and on some occasions I roam the nearby meadows and forests to do exactly that. But every once in a while I not only happen upon felled trees and tyre tracks but also upon raised hides. They actually tend to get in the way, eliciting the exasperated sigh, “another one!”

Following the maxim to make that which disturbs me part of the picture – or even the picture’s sole subject – I decided to photograph the raised hides themselves. They seem to lend themselves to a ‘graphic’ treatment, to trying out various compositions.

I am always interested in what I like to call fleeting architecture: Tents, scaffolding, construction sites – and also, less fleeting, industrial facilities. They all seem to embody the essence of the ‘form follows function’ principle, their utter lack of aesthetic ambition bringing forth a very own kind of aesthetics.

If all goes well, these pictures will convey a sense of typology: Although these ‘buildings’ are in the hinterland, the series’ title might well be Le città e la caccia which I think sounds good and which I also think would pursue the idea of describing a place focusing on some of its isolated aspects.

I hope you all enjoy accompanying me into the woods once more. Let’s go, and don’t startle the deer!

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8 thoughts on “Watching the Game [Prologue]

  1. Touch2Touch

    I am laughing because, working backwards, I come upon my answer to the question with which I began — starting at the end!
    A life lesson?????

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  2. atwistedpair

    Having come back to this group of shots for a second look, I also read your accompanying text; the reference to “their utter lack of aesthetic ambition” connected in my mind with words from one of my favourite poets: “These things, these things were here and but the beholder / Wanting;” (from Hurrahing in Harvest by Gerard Manley Hopkins; see http://www.bartleby.com/122/14.html) Truly, these examples of “fleeting architecture” have, as you say, their very own unique aesthetic.

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    1. tms Post author

      Thank you, Kathryn! This ‘style’ is becoming some kind of a signature – but mainly it makes the pictures work for me…

    2. vastlycurious.com

      Yes I think it is sort of a signature but you cannot be pinned like that !

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