A collective REPHOTO project
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My name is Gary and I am the creator of SNS Challenger. I have a background in Digital Photography and I am a lecturer of Visual Communications. I am from Portsmouth in England. I lived in Osaka between 2003 and 2007; Tokyo between 2007 and 2010; and Ahmedabad, India since 2011. I am also a PhD candidate in Information Environments at London College of Communication, which this project is helping me earn.
I started this project in 2009 and since then, a number of people have joined and added their pictures. But I guess the main question is "why?"
I have been researching the photographs of the Victorian British ship HMS Challenger since 2006. In 2007, I rephotographed some locations in and the experience changed my work as a photographer forever. After finishing my MA in Digital Arts, I wanted to revisit every location where HMS Challenger went; all 50 destinations!
The problem was I didn't have the money to travel or my own boat in which to replicate the voyage, so I thought "how can I do this?". The internet provided the solution in the form of social network sites, so I designed my own.
The internet voyage of SNS Challenger was launched on December 21st 2009 (the anniversary of HMS Challenger leaving England). My aim is to work together to rephotograph all the locations. In the process, I hope to help people by giving them a platform to learn and share more about their landscape, photography and history.
Anyone who likes pictures, photography, history, cameras, or just their own landscape can join. It is free and open to everyone.
I hope to see you "on board"
The stress of managing the ship had previously been taking its toll on my own photographs but not any more. In the last few weeks, I have rediscovered what it is like to make pictures as an artist/photographer and I thought I would add a few examples here in the hope it might inspire someone or brighten someone's day.
The images are an evolution of my early Challenger work and continue to employ the same type of lens as used by the Challenger photographers. However, these…Continue
I am currently contemplating some project briefs. These are intended to give participants some structure if they choose to be creatively inspired by the experience of re-phtographing the locations. In writing these project briefs, I am forced to reflect upon my own experiences of being inspired by HMS Challenger. I had already started to use my Hybrid camera by the time I had re-photograph the locations, so I was therefore already involved with looking through an old eye with a modern brain.…Continue
Over recent weeks, I have increasingly felt that the "Sailing Log" only touches upon my personal feelings and thoughts towards the project and my role within it. When I first started out, I was very open about my thinking processes, but over time, this has been replaced with ship activity and…Continue