Brankley Pastures

Brankley Pastures

Brankley Pastures, Ben Dolman 2018

Brankley Pastures

Brankley Pastures, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Teasel

Teasel

Teasel, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Sunday, April 15, 2018

scotch hills lane

Scotch Hills Lane

Scotch Hills Lane, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Sunday, April 15, 2018

scotch hills lane

Scotch Hills Lane

Scotch Hills Lane, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Friday, April 13, 2018

Window

Window

Window, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Great Britain Athletics Blazer, 1964 Olympics

Great Britain Athletics Blazer 1964 Olympics

Blazer, Ben Dolman 2018 - 8x10 B&W Negative

The subject for this photograph 'sport' is something I would normally not touch with a barge-pole but it is always good to see if you can make interesting images from things that naturally do not appeal to you. Last week myself and my colleague Alan Duncan were taking photographs of different sporting activities that represent Loughborough University for a cultural exchange exhibition at Joshibi University, Japan. We took photographs at Sport’s Science and Technology but we also had access to the Universities archive and we found a Great Britain athletics blazer from the 1964 Olympics. This was the only items we photographed that engaged me, the rest of the objects and activities we photographed were good material for the project but this blazer seemed to be imbued with something deeper. I am not sure why I was drawn this object, perhaps it was because the object represented a different time, a more innocent age, an age when the gifted amateur could excel in sport without the taint of big money, to do something just for the fun of it. It might be the sense of absence, the same absence of find in my landscape photography, trying to capture a trace rather than the actual presence of humanity.

Posted by Ben Dolman on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Found Object - Version Two

Found Object

Found Object, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Saturday, March 24, 2018

River Soar

Railway bridge crossing the River Soar

River Soar, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Sunday, March 04, 2018

Summerhouse of the Drawing Taliban

Summerhouse of the Drawing Taliban

Summerhouse of the Drawing Taliban, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Teasel

Teasel

Teasel, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Outpost of the Drawing Taliban

Outpost of the Drawing Taliban

Outpost of the Drawing Taliban, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Teasel

Teasel

Teasel, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Sunday, February 25, 2018

Last One Standing

Three Trees

Three Trees, Ben Dolman 2018

Yesterday I returned to a location by the River Trent where I have done a series of photographs over the past 4 years that developed into a body of work called 'The Trespasser'. In the past the River Trent was referred to as the trespasser due to it's proneness to flooding the adjacent lands. When I first visited the location in December 2013 I came across a line of three trees along the riverbank, two of the trees had been badly damaged from a recent winter storm but all were standing. The first photograph below [photograph 2] is of the left tree. After this initial visit my intent was to return to the location and take a photograph of the line of trees with my 8x10 camera but in the meantime before my returned there were two further winter storms. Buring that winter the Atlantic Conveyor Belt brought a series storms to the UK in quick succession and the country suffered some of it's worst flooding in recent times. On my return the left tree had been completing blown down leaving just two trees [photograph 3]. Over the following year the farmer cut up the fallen tree leaving only a skeletal rump [photograph 4]. Three years later the right-hand tree has now been blown over whilst the left-hand tree felled four years ago is now spouting new branches from the old tree trunk [photograph 1]. My intention to return to photograph the central remaining tree with my 8x10 camera but I wonder if the remaining tree will be still standing by the time I return.

Three Trees

Three Trees (after the storm), Second Visit in January 2014 - 8x10 BW Neg [photograph 3]

Three Trees

Three Trees, 2015 - 8x10 BW Neg [photograph 4]

Posted by Ben Dolman on Friday, February 23, 2018

Found Object - Version One

Found Object

Found Object, Ben Dolman 2018

Posted by Ben Dolman on Monday, December 25, 2017