Exercise – A Public Space
For this, my last exercise of this section I had to visit a public space and take a number of images showing how people make it their own. As I had concentrated on outside locations for my previous exercises I decided that I would have a look at a public building. This would also be a nice link to the next part of the course.
I wanted to find a very busy venue, where you would have thought it would have been difficult to get a bit of space for you to be alone. These were the images that I wanted to capture. A small moment of time in there lives in a very busy location.
I chose the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank. It is a grade 1 listed building that was opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain. There are a number of cafes, restaurants, bars, an auditorium and even a ballroom. It is open most day and has approx. 3 million visitors per year. So what where the chances of getting people on their own.
I had all day to try to capture people in interesting positions inside this very busy building but most importantly, for this exercise, they had to be alone.
Here are the images that I have chosen.
And just to show that there were other people there.
This was an interesting guy, he was practising his dance moves in a mirror.
For the images of people alone, I used a wide-angle to show the space around them. My favourite image is number 4, the guy on the chair. There are three groups of three
1. The three lights
2. The three vents
3. The three different floor surfaces
And right in the middle of all this was a guy who was fast asleep and a dancer using the mirror to practice his dance moves.
I had a great time in the Royal Festival Hall. Did I get the images I wanted? Well yes I think I did. People alone in a very busy public space.