Stephen Gill

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Professional Practice

Stephen Gill is a photographer from Bristol. He is another example of someone who has generated a taxonomy through photographs. Here are a few photos taken from his book called ‘Off Ground’:

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To view more images in this series go to the project on his official website. 

What’s interesting about these photos is that they appear to be simply a collection of different shaped rocks, when in actual fact the series provides a commentary; the objects are actually pieces of debris from the Hackney Riots of 2011. I thought this was an extremely interesting way of approaching not only the issue (by representing it through collection of artefacts) but also a good way of providing a concept to the photographs (which initially may seem to be lacking in concept). Admittedly when I came across the photos I thought they were admirable in the sense that they have been taken using beautiful studio lighting and the different pieces of rubble have rugged textures, however I thought the collection itself was rather bland. But upon learning the story behind these images it gives them a whole other twist which I find fascinating!


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