All of Fraser’s photographs are found still lifes, he does not construct his pictures but rather focuses in on the enigmatic objects he finds, revealing the edges, minutiae and incidental beauty and strangeness in the visible world. Through this sustained and concentrated focus, he creates highly charged and psychologically compelling images of enormous intensity and resonance. A recurring concern is an interest in the ‘matter’ of the world, of ‘things’ and their status, as well as strong interest in journeys and narrative, at once literal, literary and psychological.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
The summer months of 2013 have proved to be overly filled and hectic, so as such, the current series 'The Plight of the Fishermen', is on hold until Autumn. The series is however currently showing at Florence Mine Arts Centre, Egremont, Cumbria. The show is on until 22.09.13.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Having spent a week in Orkney shooting my project, I was recommended to take a small detour along the way to Wick heritage museum. Wick itself is located in the north of Scotland and has an interesting fishing history itself albeit slightly different from what I'm looking at with my current project.
The musuem is a treasure trove of photographs, digitised from
Daguerreotypes and glass plates to create a photographic gallery, there are albums and albums of photographs of Wick creating a interesting and in depth historical and anthropological study of the Town.
The museum has a depth if knowledge about the herring industry, Wicks history and the photographs of Alexander Johnston, and his son who followed in his footsteps. Depicting an important part of the fishing industries history and arguably the best collection of photographs on the subject itself for that matter. If you're lucky ( like i was) there are some very helpful volunteers who will tell happily answer any questions you have and even take you onto one of the surviving herring boats, the Isabella Fortuna, 1888, and give you a tour of the boat.
Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone (sorry for poor quality iPhone photos here on the road still!) ( note: all photographs are property of wick heritage museum)
Location:Castle Road,Inverness,United Kingdom
Monday, 29 April 2013
Work officially began on my project 'The Plight of the Fishermen'. On Saturday 20th April I arrived in Carlisle with a few hitches due to 'great British' rail delays, meaning there was no transport to my intended destination of Hillside Farm, I opted for a cheap Bed and breakfast in Carlisle instead. Meaning I was able to spend a rainy Sunday exploring the historic Carlisle and working on final research before I made my way to Whitehaven. Hillside farm proved to be the perfect solitary refinement needed to complete what seems to be tons of university work. A little farm located in Boustead Hill, I managed to have a whole twelve barn bunk to myself as no one else was booked in, the marshes outside looked over to the mountains of Scotland. Cue a Sunday afternoon spent studying and walking on the Marshes. The next step was to make my way towards Whitehaven, getting the bus back to Carlisle and then on the adjoining train to Whitehaven. The little one carriage train passes right past the sea, past wind farms, power stations, rural settlements, and the land, an eerily beautiful journey.
The next week is still a bit of a blur right now, I spent four days in Whitehaven before making my way to Portsmouth on Friday and back to London life on Saturday. From the help of several amazing people at Whitehaven who helped me and introduced me to several fishermen. I was able to interview Celia Chief executive of the Whitehaven FLAG scheme, of which there are six across England; Devon, Hastings, Cornwall, Whitehaven, Bridlington and Norfolk. My main findings from the trip accompany my exhibition prints in the form of a Booklet. I have decided to complete a entire project on the FLAG system across England to get a fair and clear idea of the impact of decline in the fishing industry and what is being done to aid this.