My aim in this self-directed project is to photograph the diversity of my surrounding area, where I’ve lived all my life and in doing so convey something of myself to my target audience. My target audience would be myself, people who live in my surrounding area and anyone else who would be potentially interested in seeing a reflection of someone through their own photographs but specifically this area. This is because as Minor White suggested: ‘promoting “self-discovery through a camera” – landscape photographs are really “inner landscapes.”’ – (Minor White In. Sontag, 1977).
My approach to photographing the diversity of my surrounding area is to keep the concept quite simple: draw a circle on a map (somewhere around my local area in keeping with self-discovery through a camera) and walk on the perimeter of this circle (the actual place not the map!) while photographing with the mindset of a flâneur (albeit one constrained to the perimeter of a circle). I have come to discover attempting to walk in my local area in the same way a flâneur usually does (the dérive) does not work as hoped for because instead of walking where my state of consciousness would take me, I’ve found I consciously stroll to the most picturesque locations due to my overfamiliarity from living in the area. By walking in an unbiased way (the edge of a circle on the map), lets me experience my own area in a new way and so I should discover more about myself through the resultant photographs.
White, M. (n.d.). In. Sontag (1977). On Photography. 2nd ed. London: Penguin, Page 86.