Introducing...The Paignton Set
If you've read the previous blog "Styles", I discussed how the thematic layer on Ink and Image has developed to create separate identities for each location. I mentioned that Totnes, for example, has a green feel to it, whereas, Sidmouth is reddish! Well, here is Paington. I feel obligated to say that the style drives the image, and not the other way round. I don't wake up thinking I'll take a bunch of photographs and then place a feel on them. It's more that when you go somewhere, like Paignton, there is a feel that already exists, and the images will fall in line behind that.
When I took these images, I already knew that the flavour of the style would be industrial. If you've ever been to the historic location of Ironbridge in the West Midlands, you will know what I mean. If anything, it's that location that drove the feeling for this set of images.
I felt that showing the pier as an industrial triumph that continues to battle the elements and shows a true tenacity for survival. I wanted the pier to be the focus, but not just that, I wanted to show the relationship with the environment. I talk about that type of thought process in my wildlife images, however here, we are talking about architecture and its relationship to the environment it is placed within.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. The images excite me because of the lack of colour, and the slightly grungy feel.
Welcome to Paignton!