Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Contrasting Technology

We are also represented by Saatchi Art:

We have a lot of pictures in our archive which we think deserve to see the light of day and we have been working on them to make Fine Art prints.
The question of suitability of various subjects for Fine Art prints is a difficult
one and one of the fascinations with prints is the unlimited range of
opinions from viewers and buyers.  We see a lot of prints that we can not
imagine wanting on our walls.  But then, there are undoubtedly a lot of
potential buyers who can't imagine wanting some of ours on their 
walls either.

Having spent many years photographing technology and huge construction
projects we have a fascination for the inventiveness and sheer chutzpah
of modern engineering. We consider that along with the utility of these structures comes a real beauty and an admiration of their magnificence and their complexity.  Architecture is a recognised and popular source of
inspiration for art, particularly photography.  But we feel that engineering
has largely been left out which seems a pity.

One of our most inspiring and memorable shoots was recording the tow of this
remarkable structure towards the Minch between the west coast of Scotland
and the Outer Hebrides.  There are plenty of superlatives to describe this
structure and we were particularly drawn to the array of six of the world's
largest tugs that towed this errant Greek temple from Loch Kishorn around
the north of Scotland and to its drilling site in the North Sea.

In contrast, when traveling to a work site in Orissa on the east coast of
India, my taxi slowed down behind this bus which was moving at walking
pace through the hot, dense humid atmosphere.  Fortunately and
sensibly no one seemed to be in a hurry.  India has adapted changing
technology in its own peculiar way and Indians, or at least the
population of the sub-continent, seem to have taken our 
'western civilisation' with a pinch of salt.  Perhaps deep down they rather
prefer their own more 'civilised' culture.  Indians remain good humoured
in circumstances that would drive their  'western' counterparts to 
violent distraction.

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