I couldn’t decide which of these versions of the photo I preferred for a long while today. I think the decision comes down to whether I want the viewer to get close to the subject matter and almost be immersed in it or whether I want to evoke how I feel about the kit – distanced and cold to it.
The large borders approach reminded me of Judy Fiskin’s Dingbat images of buildings in the US in the early 1980s . They offered an ambivalent stance toward her subject matter – but the images were really distinctive – small 2 and 3/4 inch high contrast images boarded by lots of whole frame that detached the subject matter wholly from its space.
However in the end I plumped immersion as I wanted to allow the viewer to see and consider the subject matter for themselves without any evocation from me.