In episode 19 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering portrait photography competitions, a recent editorial commission to photograph a photographer and commenting in online photo-forums.
Plus this week photographer Rob Hudson takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’
Rob Hudson, is based in Cardiff, Wales. That latter fact is more important to him than it might initially appear, because as he struggles towards some form of personal philosophy for his landscape photography he finds himself increasingly focusing on his immediate environment. In fact, for the past few years Hudson has rarely traveled beyond a 15 minutes drive from his home and during his whole life as a landscape photographer he has rarely stretched beyond 30 miles from the landscape of his youth around the town of Abergavenny where his grandparents lived and where his appreciation for the landscape of Wales was first nurtured.
He believe’s that “the photographic series is essential not only to give space to develop ideas, but also to communicate them to my viewers. If I were to draw out one thread in all my recent work, it is this relationship that is paramount. And this continued search for a unity of representation, that is local, honest, un-romanticized and yet allowing for the personal relationship that drives me forward.” www.robhudsonlandscape.net
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Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer in Professional Photography at the University of Gloucestershire, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His next book #New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2019.
His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay will be screened across the UK and the US in 2018.
© Grant Scott 2018