russell higgs

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I've thought about taking my daily portraits outdoors. So this morning I'm stood outside a building near Tate Modern, I've got a cardboard box over my head with 2 eye holes ripped out of it and I'm pointing the camera at myself. Suddenly an unmistakable voice enquires "are you alright?" and its Carol Thatcher, winner of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and daughter of the vilest Prime minister of my lifetime so far (YES even worse than Blair).

Meanwhile the pictures turn out really crap.

Attracting attention is only one of the obstacles that I'll have to deal with if I do pursue outdoor portraiture. I'm reminded of whenever I choose not to wear any shoes and someone inevitably comes up to me and enquires WHY am I not wearing any shoes. I simply don't know what the answer to that question is, nor why they are asking me. But it has something to do with how we judge and police one another. A culture's power structure lies in how we look and are looked at etc etc

Also, at home if a picture fails then I am surrounded by the means to create something else. But outdoors is different. It'll require planning. It probably won't be overly elaborate. It certainly seems as though it'll need more thought and more practice runs. Though a later trial inside the British Museum was very promising.

friday 01092006

I've thought about taking my daily portraits outdoors. So this morning I'm stood outside a building near Tate Modern, I've got a cardboard box over my head with 2 eye holes ripped out of it and I'm pointing the camera at myself. Suddenly an unmistakable voice enquires "are you alright?" and its Carol Thatcher, winner of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and daughter of the vilest Prime minister of my lifetime so far (YES even worse than Blair).

Meanwhile the pictures turn out really crap.

Attracting attention is only one of the obstacles that I'll have to deal with if I do pursue outdoor portraiture. I'm reminded of whenever I choose not to wear any shoes and someone inevitably comes up to me and enquires WHY am I not wearing any shoes. I simply don't know what the answer to that question is, nor why they are asking me. But it has something to do with how we judge and police one another. A culture's power structure lies in how we look and are looked at etc etc

Also, at home if a picture fails then I am surrounded by the means to create something else. But outdoors is different. It'll require planning. It probably won't be overly elaborate. It certainly seems as though it'll need more thought and more practice runs. Though a later trial inside the British Museum was very promising.

comments (2)

  • Dave
  • United States
  • 1 Sep 2006, 14:31
Nice work, Russell. I like your inventiveness. I also think going outside could prove interesting.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Sep 2006, 15:58
This is really funny, love the expression. I find that having the bottle to ask strangers for photo's really difficult so I tend to try and capture them when they are unaware, I wish I had the courage of some photographers

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