Week 5: Project & shoots

This week I had a 1:1 with my tutor to review work in progress and to talk about how my project/s are developing. This was a very positive session and I have some work of others to review and direction to take on research and the portfolio review for the end of module assignment.

The images from commercial greenhouses are coming along and the concept for ‘bring out the dead’ worthwhile to continue to see how it develops. The latter I have only been shooting for a few months and is very dependent on meat production facilities having waste animals, although some roadside drop of points are photographic, regardless. I further develop the concept of re-contextualizing the work of Hieronymous Bosch and see where that leads.

Interestingly, I found a recent Greenpeace article and short documentary on living next door to meat production facilities, the degraded environmental conditions for people living nearby, and the associated health issues. This is timely, they also take offence at dumping dead pigs in bins on the street.

This week’s shoot brought me to a new commercial greenhouse near to the previous one I visited. This one they had gone to some effort to make itself inaccessible, hence opportunities were limited.

Next week I research in depth for the commercial greenhouses and meat production themes for the research project proposal. Both will be mini projects for my portfolio review and underpin my project plan.

I have identified around ~40 commercial greenhouses I might visit, although based on today’s experience, accessibility may be a problem. Asking permission is a viable option, but first I will visit sites next week to determine which are preferred. Also going to investigate shooting at night as I think this could lead to some unique images.

I discussed with my tutor the greenhouse concept and what the different options could be for portraying the work. I am quite interested in Bernd & Hilla Becher’s presentation of industrial objects and using typology to juxtapose form and function. Although the greenhouses look almost identical, there are differences. My tutor suggested I have a look at Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Ed Rusha. First impressions are positive and I have some ideas forming based on this body of work and concept.

References

SMIT, L.A.M. 2014. ‘Air Pollution from Livestock Farms, and Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis and COPD among Neighbouring Residents’. Nivel.eu [online]. Available at: http://postprint.nivel.nl/PPpp4757.pdf [accessed 23 Oct 2020].

SLOTH, Kristian. 2020. ‘Living In The Shadow Of Industrial Meat Production’. Greenpeace International [online]. Available at: https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/45406/living-in-the-shadow-of-industrial-meat-production/ [accessed 23 Oct 2020].

GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL. 2020. ‘Neighbour To A Pig Factory’. YouTube [online]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFjQaugVr4&list=PLClXnL5aHwxXCrvlHF2s3gw4Y7nM_WN8R&index=3&t=0s [accessed 23 Oct 2020].

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