When i posted this photo I knew somebody would probably post something snarky about “random photos” but I honestly didn’t expect it to be called “pure random crap” within the first ten minutes so if you don’t mind I’d like to explain why that’s such a slap in the face to me
When we first moved to this house one of the things I loved about it was the dolphin mural on our bathroom wall, and I didn’t know why. Well I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it (why? because I’m an artist, that’s what I do, if you’ve ever wondered where artists get their ideas from then i guess this is a pretty good example) and I think it’s probably to do with the idealism of the image contrasted by the reality of it. (I find that a lot of times feelings about objects are wrapped up not in what things are but how people have utilised them.) Look at those dolphins. Somebody made that to be beautiful. And now here it is in this bathroom. I’ve taken close up photos of it before, but they never captured the underlying tragedy that i felt they had.
And look, I know this is all sort of nebulous but I’m not trying to claim this as incredible or anything, I’m just a guy making art about the things he feels!!!
Anyway, I was in the bathroom and the way the shower curtain was arranged, and the things around the taps - it was as though the dolphin mural was being framed by these grotty things. And in a space that people use to get clean! That I use to get clean! There were a lot of layers to it, and so I took a photo of them all in one thing, because they counterbalance nicely and I thought it would be nice for people to see this combination of projected beauty and aspiration underpinned by this kind of spartan utilitarianism? It sounds so pretentious and awful when I put it into words but that’s why I took the photograph
In terms of technique, I put the flash on because it was a clinical documentation of a thing rather than a beautification of it, and in terms of the framing I erred a lot about including the sink in the bottom right hand corner but ultimately i decided it added more than it took away.
Look, I’m not doing this so you all think I’m a really good photographer. I’m doing it so you understand the basics of what photography is and how it works, and so that hopefully you can go and start taking more imaginative photos yourselves and stop shitting on mine. Alright bye