Below is a series of 12 photos I took for the Utata Big Project 'Just One Thing'. My first complete and whole photo series and the first work I could honestly describe as art. From 2012, it's a fairly simple and self-explanatory idea. The original captions are under each photo. The homepage for the project is here:- http://www.utata.org/bigprojects/justonething12/
When the Just One Thing project was announced I had my subject, my just one thing, ready and waiting to be photographed.
Earlier in the summer I had noticed the photographic and aesthetic possibilities in shipping containers, the steel boxes used to transport goods by road and sea. Except the containers I had my eye on weren't to be found on decks and trailers of the ships and trucks transporting goods around the world.
As I travelled with my kids to the various athletic venues where they compete I noticed how the clubs use shipping containers to store their equipment. They provide relatively cheap, weathertight and secure storage for often bulky items right next to the track where they are used.
By the time the "Just One Thing" project was announced I had already taken a handful of shipping container photographs at various tracks and stadiums around Lancashire. To fit with the Utata ethos that project photos should be new and form a coherent series, I decided to incorporate as many "Just One Things" as possible into the new photos for the project.
All the photos for the "Just One Thing" project were taken on just one day, Sunday 27th August, 2012.
They were all taken during just one hour, between 1 and 2 pm.
They were all taken at just one place, my kids home track which belongs to Lancaster & Morecambe Athletics Club at Salt Aire, Morecambe..
They were all taken using just one camera, my battered, old (for a dslr) Nikon D40.
They were all taken using just one lens, a 2nd hand, pre-digital and fully manual Nikon series E 50mm. The lens was produced between 1979 and 1981and cost me just a few pounds on eBay.
They were all processed using just one piece of software. Nikon's clunky and outdated Picture Project, which came bundled with the D40 all those years ago.
They were taken with the intention that they be cropped to just one format, square. I like the square crop for these kinds of abstracty photos. I feel it goes some way to removing associations from traditional objective photography by dispensing with the usual landscape or portrait orientations.
Well, I think that's more than enough just one things for just one project. Although the summer project, the summer itself and the athletics season are all over, I will continue to search out these old containers put to a new use; beginning next spring when the athletics season starts again. I hope you've enjoyed viewing the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.