DAN SHIPSIDES - Untitled landscapes - ongoing series
Untitled landscapes. Images see below.
An ongoing series of landscape photographs.
The landscapes pictured all include human markings or designated presence of some description.
Some of the landscapes are of the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland and frame areas of rock or boulders daubed with political paintwork. Despite this defacement there is a beauty to the landscapes which highlight the power of their association with emotive affiliations. A dialogue between Irish nationalist (or/and British loyalist) aspirations and the natural mountain environment is developed by the siting of the grafitti which echos the loftier romantic ideals of Casper-Friedrich.
Other locations feature more prosaic places, for example disused quarries, where the landscapes exhibit the grafitti made by the local youths who inhabit these fringe areas. This grafitti declares to us the youths favoured bands, prefered drugs and sexual exploits and is placed competively in the highest reachable points in the quarry - thereby engaging a level of risk and bravado.
Some images document texts, or actions that I have made in the landscape - such as Untitled landscape - (Cave hill) landscapes which are enaged with or enacted by people - such as the Unititled landscapes from the Elastic Frontiers project.
Others are landscapes which have a poetic or ironic sense of human presence through the needs of civilisation e.g. Untitled landscape (incinerator).
And others are landscapes literally framed by window opening - echoing the aperture of the camera and the notion that all landscape photographs are humanised by the presence of the camera. These have often been views from studios whilst on residencies and sometimes include items revealing this aspect. e.g. Untitled landscape (Liervik).