On Your Doorstep

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

Paul Strand


 In Focus:Still Life, Paul Strand

Photographing the everyday can be turned into works of Art, just like paintings like Vincent Van Gogh’s painting of the flowers, something we see everyday on peoples tables can become the best sellers and the most remembered. Many photographers have explored this concept such as photographing out their window, or around their rooms or their kitchen.

Xavier De Maistre


He wrote a book called Voyage autour de ma chambre (1794) a parody set in the tradition of a travel narrative, is an autobiographical account of how a young official, imprisoned in his room for six weeks, looks at the furniture, engravings, etc., as if they were scenes from a voyage in a strange land.  His room is a long square, and the perimeter is thirty-six paces.

“When I travel through my room,” he writes, “I rarely follow a straight line: I go from the table towards a picture hanging in a corner; from there, I set out obliquely towards the door; but even though, when I begin, it really is my intention to go there, if I happen to meet my armchair en route, I don’t think twice about it, and settle down in it without further ado.” Later, proceeding North, he encounters his bed, and in this way he lightheartedly continues his “Voyage”.

This book shows that even the mundane can be turned into something fun and interesting. It depends on how you look at it and what perspective you view it from…

Sian Bonnell

She uses domestic items for art making, he photographs are humorous using objects to show something else in context.

” Sian Bonnell works with found objects and household articles; placing them out of context within the rural and coastal environment where she lives, as well as constructing imagined landscapes in the studio. These interventions are then photographed as documents not just of the object but of an event. “

” This undercutting of the rhetoric of romanticism is employed to comment on and create other fictions; landscapes of the imagination.”

“I will be questioning the role of the photograph in creating fictions, the role of the camera as conduit for the intentions of the photographer and both the visual and written contexts surrounding these,” says Sian, “I’m particularly interested in the role of ‘place’. How the intention of the artist/photographer can be conveyed via a still or moving image transforming an ordinary place into a sinister one or obversely a place of wonder.”


Beach Clean


‘The photos represent critical reflections on the spaces we inhabit, from the  domesticity of home to the natural landscape’ (from Louise Wolthers essay. )

Her work does confuse you as the objects and context are altered, such as the above picture should have tea towels hanging from it but instead pieces of food, it connects the viewer with the image as it slightly shocks you and you are left looking for signs to put the image into context. It also adds to the taste you get form a kitchen its kind of welcoming because the food looks nice, as with the beach clean photo combining nature and the home is comical but also completely different context to what you would see normally in images, two places have come together and created a different meaning, but it represents the cleaning of beaches. Her work emphasizes texture and confusion of signs and symbols. Where the objects put in a space or place do not represent each other so you are left wondering why?

Andre Kertesz

After the death of his wife he bought a polaroid sx-70 camera, his images were either shot from his window or from a window sill from his New York apartment. He cast images on the unimportant and made the simple poetic. Estate_of_Andre_Kertesz_June_1975_2009_41

June 1975

These images represent i my opinion his dis attachment with the outside world since his wife died, his dealing with his greif by photographing his apartment with a space he feels familiar with and secure in.


October 10 1980

The images look ghost like and realistic but kind of dreamy. It feels ike his in a haze in his mind and his flat looks unfamiliar but yet he feels safe, maybe they represent something missing, maybe he is exploring himself without his wife around to feel familiar with his loneliness. He published a book called from my window.


This image  represents his disassociation with himself, only seeing his shadow in his apartment, the image feels unattached and left behind, the loneliness of the light and the shadow of him makes you feel he is struggling to deal with life without his wife’s presence.


“Elizabeth” – The little Italian blown glass bust that became the metaphor for his deceased wife was found in the window of a nearby Brentano’s Bookstore on 8th Street. shows how he would not venture far without her…

William Eggleston

This photographer took images showing the everyday view of things around him, his subjects were commonplaces, such as if we walk around the city we live we look past most things we see but to others they can be very interesting. When I went to the Gambia the first thing the children asked were photos of my home, i always regarded it as boring but if someone hasn’t seen your place before they will find it very interesting just like we would their home. images (1)

Greenwood Mississippi © W. Eggleston

Often people ask what I’m photographing, which is a hard question to answer. And the best what I’ve come up with is I just say: Life today. William Eggleston

He takes the most interesting angles of the mundane and makes them appear interesting, it looks like something placed there rather than something you see everyday. william-eggleston-untitled-n-d-women-with-hair

The emptiness and creepy atmosphere makes these images appear like something weird is going to happen, the back of this womans head in a restaurant something we see when we eat everyday but the dull colours and interesting perspectives make the image more interesting.

Look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningness. If you let other people’s vision get between the world and your own, you will achieve that extremely common and worthless thing, a pictorial photograph.

Paul Strand

I have learnt that taking a first glance at these images can mean nothing to you but when you find out why these people took these photos and the lives they lead you start to realize how personal and inspiring they are. They inspire me to take photos of my shared house, its quirkiness and dullness but it reveals where this person lives in their safe place. The photographer Andre has inspired me the most, his work connects with his grief of his wife’s death and shows his utter loneliness and confinement to his apartment, like its the only comfortable place he feels close to her…

Being aware of whats around us is more important than seeking the new things to photograph it teaches you to look at the familiar and make it look interesting to others. It’s actually quite a hard thing to do and something i would like to try, creating a personal album becomes more interesting as it reveals yourself to the viewer. It’s like travelling around yourself rather than travelling around other people.


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http://www.sianbonnell.com/images/stories/pdf/sbonnell_essay_lw.pdf : http://www.sianbonnell.com published by sian bonnell

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http://www.land2.uwe.ac.uk/bonnell.htm : Sian Bonnell publisher

http://www.aperture.org/traveling-exhibitions/ : All work is copyright of respective owner, otherwise © 2012 Aperture Foundation.

http://www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=8&Body=The%20Polaroids : stephen bulger gallery

http://www.theasc.com/blog/2010/02/22/%E2%80%9Cfrom-my-window%E2%80%9D-the-late-work-of-andre-kertesz-and-josef-sudek/ : © 2013 American Society of Cinematographers.


http://anthonylukephotography.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/photographer-profile-william-eggleston.html(C) william eggleston

http://photography.about.com/od/famousphotogquotes/a/QuotesbyPhotographerPaulStrand.htm :about.com publisher



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