Claire Atkinson: Exploring the Isolation in Public Places, Part 2

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  • She seems to be a nice and articulate person, but really: this sort of photography gets me in fits. What is that she wants to say with it? Does it mean anything? The idea I get is that there’s no idea behind it except taking pictures through windows when people aren’t looking. At best, some baby makes a funny face, but so what? Where’s the artistic approach in that? This is proof that anybody you give a camera to will come back a couple of hours later with the same stuff. This is like banging on a couple of pots with a wooden spoon and drum music magazine reporting about it.
    I am truly sorry, but this is nothing. It wants nothing, it does nothing, it takes no risks, has no content whatsoever and can be reproduced any time on any given day of the year. I’m astounded.

  • I must completely disagree with you, Thomas. Shots like these, however amateur they may seem to your cynical eyes, are able to capture moments that never stop to awe me. Those endless, mundane, trivial moments that reflect the solitude we are all forced to carry.

    Surely these is worse photography than this. Like studio portraits of famous people. Or those endless shots of Indian people in colorful textiles.

  • Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and different people enjoy different types of photography. I happen to really love Claire’s work, and think she has a great future ahead of her. These are excellent images – Keep up the fantastic work Claire!

  • It seems to me that Thomas is not a fan of street photography or perhaps reportage in general – that’s fine by me but I am amazed that he can direct his disgust towards a fine proponent of the genre like Claire.

    I’ve followed Claire’s postings on flickr and when viewing her work one cannot fail to gain a sense of the depravation that is happening in parts of northern England. Glimpses into other peoples’ lives – fascinating stuff.

  • joining in here.. who ever might read it.

    i find it interesting how some people assume that taking photos of daily life is so easy. it’s probably one of the hardest things to do, capturing something you see all the time, everyday.

    art is not about being obvious.. there is enough shit that is relying on sensationalism out there for the masses.

  • I think it´s a reflexive work, but i´m not in total disagree with Thomas, some photos are to obvious and others don´t transmit anything at all.

  • I’ve gone from studio to street and each area is as hard as the last… this seemingly easy work you say is not! easy at all… it is hard to catch the everyday… and her work has every meaning because it looks at people of everyday and puts them into our eyeline – some photographs are funny, heart wrenching and damn right social statements. Her work is clever because she knows what shes looking for and how to get it and is always open to experiment.

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