Flags - A Photobook by Joshua Turner
Flags is a photographic series contemplating how we interact with the landscape, exploring questions of anthropology and topography.
Landscape connects us all.
Whether we observe, nurture, cultivate, adapt, monetise or destroy it; the list is endless. It unifies us through experience. Whilst seeming vast, the universal nature of the landscape serves to highlight the importance of our individuality.
Flags is a photobook that explores my individual connection with the landscape.
A relationship that began three generations ago with my grandparents when they took up Motorcycle Trials. A sport which is slow and precise, as one rider at a time takes on a set course of obstacles known as sections. This expanded my awareness to previously unconsidered aspects of the landscape; the physical form and texture. All translated through a common medium, the motorcycle.
It took roughly 9 months to develop this subject into a narrative that is both deeply personal and widely relatable to a large audience. The body of work was developed through a geographic and personally historic exploration of a single location in my home town. The location where I first learnt to ride a motorcycle, from which point I visited (mostly by bike) on countless occasions.
Yet this isn’t a story about sport. This is a story about our collective and individual experiences with the landscape, portrayed through a single, rather unique case study intended to contextualise the subject.
The narrative follows my development through the decade since I first learnt to ride a motorcycle, portrayed through sequencing that was geographically influenced by my riding habits. Beginning in the open field where I learnt to control the machine, playfully learning balance in relation to the feel of the earth beneath; to the dark woods where my intentions became more serious in the pursuit of competition. It is here where I would set myself challenges and work on them relentlessly.
Flags has received merit through selection as one of 11 projects featured in the PGZ (Photo Grad Zine 2018), this year in its second edition.
A little about me
As a recent BA Photography graduate I have spent the past three years developing my practice. I work with a documentary approach to landscape photography. My overall focus is a consideration of the dynamic relationship between the landscape and human presence, in photographic studies that are both topographic and anthropological. I study physical space within the context of human interaction and reaction.
Flags - A Photobook
The photobook will be a soft cover publication with approximately 30 pages (60 facing). Inside is an enigmatic exploration of subject through a sequence of 17 large format black and white images; 4 of which are paired with patterns printed on translucent pages, adding context while visually obscuring.
The visual narrative will be accompanied by an essay written by Krasimira Butseva, founder of Revolv Collective, as a literary reflection on the relationship between the individual and the landscape. This essay further highlights the focus on individuality by offering another perspective on the subject.
Each book ordered during the campaign will be signed.
All book backers will be listed on a supporter page in the book to show my appreciation.
Approximate Book Specifications:
- Soft Cover with lamination detailing - 350gsm
- PUR bound
- 10x8 inch (wxh)
- Approx. 30 pages - 200gsm satin
- 17 images
- 4 Tipped-in translucent pages - 150gsm
Image and pattern are fused together in this postcard which mimics the effect of tracing paper laid over a page. Printed on 280gsm postcard board.
Display the image or the colour coded pattern, with this double sided poster the choice is yours. Printed on 200gsm silk paper.
Two C-Type prints are available as part of the campaign.
Firstly there is an open edition 8x10 inch C-Type print, during the campaign the print will have unlimited availability. Once the campaign ends, the print will no longer be for sale and the edition will be frozen.
The second print is a 16x20 inch C-Type limited to an edition of 8.
In the late 1940’s Geoff and Margaret Turner (my grandparents) purchased a motorcycle. This was purely a form of cheap transport, buses being unreliable and cars being too expensive. Yet the interest developed into much more than just a convenience, Geoff and Peggy began to watch races and attend local motorcycle club meets. The sport that captivated them the most was Motorcycle Trials. As each year passed they became more enthralled in the sport, Trials became a passion that they have shared their entire life, shaping who they are today.
As I consider the influence that this sport has had on my family I can see that riding motorcycles was a rite of passage, it not being a question of if but of when. The relationship I have formed with the landscape has been very heavily influeced by this sport.
Thank you for your support.
Risks and challenges
The risks involved in this project are very minimal. The book has been designed and refined over the past few months and has found physicality in the form of a dummy photobook. I am confident in the quality of the work I am producing.
From my previous kickstarter campaign I have learnt the importance of planning ahead, I began planning this campaign several months before I launched it. In the planning I confirmed book specification and pricing whilst ensuring I will have a wide presence on social media to reach a large audience. I will be actively promoting the campaign throughout the whole of September.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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