If you recall the treatment I gave my set of landscape images worked for me aesthetically by evoking and sense of alienation and absence but I was not completely satisfied with the approach because it required the removal of subject matter and disability is created by the creation of Man made barriers. That is, my intension is to represent the fact that physical barriers are, in the main, socially constructed through the decisions of planner and the like, and that if they discount the needs of wheelchair users that is an explicit decision that bars me from social activity.
Rather than a set where features are removed from the landscape of overlaid with photos of impairment I have begin to experiment with images where an aspect of it is an aspect is blacked out to evoke a sense of denial and so representing my view of the physical world – ie denial made by choices society makes. This denial affects me mainly in the domestic sphere – getting into other peoples homes and via transport. So I experimented with images speaking to those aspects of landscape.
The problem with all of these images are that while I think they are explicit in terms of evoking a sense of denial and barriers they aren’t very personal or visually interesting.
Great concept and visually very cool. Wonder if you could physically take the spaces out of the photos too.
Hey good idea Sarah. Too often I think digitally rather than materially.