The theme for the next Camera Club meeting on Thursday 5th February is ‘Construction/Destruction’.
I’ll be talking about historic architectural photography in Scotland, but if you are bringing photos along, please don’t feel constrained to buildings and engineering.
You might want to think about:
Different interpretations of construction and destruction. There are nine distinct meanings of ‘construction’ and four meanings of ‘destruction’ listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. What does construction/destruction mean to you? Is it the action of making/destroying something, or is it the object that is created/destroyed? The state of transition and the creative or destructive processes might be of interest in themselves, e.g. fire, natural decay, demolition.
Construction/destruction might refer to man-made things (cities, buildings, structures, roads, railways, tramways, parks, gardens, sculptures, artworks, furniture, objects, stage sets, even words, equations, geometry, music and ideas …) or things from the natural world (birds’ nests, spiders’ webs etc. ).
Photographing something related to either ‘construction’ or ‘destruction’, perhaps contrasting in subject matter; or maybe creating a series of images showing the lifecycle of a single object in construction and destruction.
Sometimes the spaces created for new buildings or the spaces left behind after demolition can be interesting, provide unusual views to other buildings/structures/objects, or be filled with temporary buildings, machinery and construction workers. Buildings that are empty following construction or in preparation for demolition can have a completely different atmosphere to a building in use. Can that be captured in a photograph?
If you are thinking about buildings, there are several big sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow that are being, or are about to be, developed and might provide some inspiration.
South side of St Andrew Square,
St James Centre;
Royal High School;
Holyrood Road student flats;
Queen Street Station;
Springburn Winter Gardens;
Glasgow School of Art;
Various subway stations.
The new Queensferry Crossing and the Borders Railway are other major construction sites that are worth seeing. Obviously I’m not encouraging anyone to enter a building site, light a fire or damage a building, and some corporate owners are jumpy about interior photography – all these places can be seen from a safe distance outside!