JOHN HOUSE – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT #2

I have recently sent out a load of requests to Photographers to submit images to the ‘second season’ of The Shot I Never Forgot.  Some great photographs have been sent in…with more promised soon.  BUT, before I begin to put them online, I thought I would indulge in a second effort myself.  I know, I know – I have already done one, but it is my blog and my concept, so I felt it was justified to take liberties a little.

So, please find below my second unforgotten shot and I promise I will return to the normal service of other Photographers images in the coming weeks.

JOHN HOUSE – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT #2

CITY LIMITS 2007 - JOHN HOUSE (THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT #2)

CITY LIMITS 2007 – JOHN HOUSE (THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT #2)

When I first came up with the concept for ‘The Shot I Never Forgot’, four images appeared in my head within a few minutes. This image, taken whilst studying for my degree was one of them, it marks a significant learning point in my photographic journey.  I was trying to create a series of images that were constructed – something I had never done before and have not really attempted since.  My concept was to make surreal scenes that made comment on the urbanisation of our lives, in particular our leisure activities.  For the most part, the pictures I made were quite unsuccessful – however, I have always enjoyed this one and returned to it time and again.
In part, I think it works due to the rather striking pose and styling of Ahmet Unver, who kindly agreed to play golf around a car park for the afternoon.  I have always enjoyed how the shot is framed and Ahmet genuinely looks like he is sizing up his shot towards the tower block.
Whilst I never went anywhere with this series of images – I found the experience a poignant lesson as constructing an image forces you to consider how to build narrative and meaning into Photographs by controlling all aspects of it, ideas which I have tried to retain ever since.
Whenever I look at this image, I wonder why I did not pursue the constructed image idea within Photography as it offers a uniquely alternative way to work with the medium and can be a lot of fun!

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You can view more of my work at:

www.johnhouse.co.uk

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The Shot I Never Forgot  is an on-going series of posts where I invite Photographers to share an image that has always remained with them, despite being unused.

The premise is that most photographers shoot many more images than ever see the light of day and often take some fabulous standalone images on instinct whilst making a particular body of work or project.  Because these single images do not fit the theme, they sit gathering dust in the archive.

However, there are usually a few of these images which stay in our minds as they have special significance or are too good to be lying dormant.

The Shot I Never Forgot is an invitation to share these images with the world and let them stand alone in their own right for others to enjoy.  

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