Ian Talbot: Retrospective – Garlic : Objectivity
Chapter V of the ongoing series Ian Talbot : Retrospective by British fine art photographer Ian Talbot.
© Ian Talbot
“I believe that photography loves banal objects, and I love the life of objects.” Josef Sudek
The image shown here is part of my “Objectivity” series. Apart from the obvious word play these images are, well, just basically of and about “objects” or things, no more no less. Unusually for me, the series is not particularly stylistically coherent but this reflects the fact that it was put together over a period of about two years.
If there is a single thread linking all the images in this set I suppose it would be the formal concerns of shape, placement and proportion. The “Garlic” image here is basically an exercise in this; taking two simple elements like a garlic bulb and slate and arranging them more or less “pleasingly” within the confines of the frame. You can attach no more meaning to it than that. Except that such concerns are at the root of everything one may seek to achieve in communicating visually, well, whatever meaning one may wish to express.
In that respect it is nothing less than the syntax and grammar of photography. Without an awareness and command of it one is quite simply visually illiterate.
Text & image © Ian Talbot
You can see the complete set at Ian Talbot’s website : Objectivity
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