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Martin Kristiansen

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Roadside memorials
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:35:14 am »

I have been shooting these memorials for about a year now. It have had some interest from a gallery owner wanting to give me an exhibition, depending on the quality of the work. I have not really shown any of these images up until now. Think I must have shot about 30 of them so far
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 03:48:20 am »

Is that a memorial to a road accident death or a death from violence (hijacking, taxi feuds, etc)?

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 03:53:37 am »

I donít know. The name on the memorial in the Afrikaans work for Jackal, Jakkals in Afrikaans. It could be a highjacking but it would be an unusual place for that as people are most commonly hijacked at entrances to homes and so on. If it was taxi violence I donít think it would be an Afrikaans nickname. Could be a pedestrian or cycling death.

Thatís the thing with these memorials, the sense of mystery. I find I almost always come up with some or other narrative. This one really is odd though.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 07:51:03 am »

I donít know. The name on the memorial in the Afrikaans work for Jackal, Jakkals in Afrikaans. It could be a highjacking but it would be an unusual place for that as people are most commonly hijacked at entrances to homes and so on. If it was taxi violence I donít think it would be an Afrikaans nickname. Could be a pedestrian or cycling death.

Thatís the thing with these memorials, the sense of mystery. I find I almost always come up with some or other narrative. This one really is odd though.
Thanks Martin!

In any developed country a memorial like that would almost certainly represent a death from a road accident - but in South Africa anything is possible...

BTW I am an ex-pat, living now in Australia, but still travel regularly to Southern Africa...

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 08:39:47 am »

It is an odd image, but very compelling.
I'd like to see more of the series.
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 08:53:40 am »

Thanks Martin!

In any developed country a memorial like that would almost certainly represent a death from a road accident - but in South Africa anything is possible...

BTW I am an ex-pat, living now in Australia, but still travel regularly to Southern Africa...

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I guessed by your questions that you had local knowledge.
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 02:22:49 pm »

Another from this series. Shot on Sunday.
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2018, 03:39:14 pm »

I have been shooting these memorials for about a year now. It have had some interest from a gallery owner wanting to give me an exhibition, depending on the quality of the work. I have not really shown any of these images up until now. Think I must have shot about 30 of them so far

Interesting subject! I like to see more!
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 03:59:21 am »

Thanks Ivo. I have shot many of these memorials. More than 30 I think. I have a few people interested in helping me towards an exhibition. Itís time to start looking for funding I think.
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 02:56:42 pm »

Thanks Ivo. I have shot many of these memorials. More than 30 I think. I have a few people interested in helping me towards an exhibition. Itís time to start looking for funding I think.

30 images makes a nice exhibition. How do you want to print and mount?
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2018, 03:26:32 pm »

Iím playing with a few ideas. Some I may do as a triptych. Playing on the theme of religious icons. I have found another 5 I want to shoot in the next week. One other close by I didnít do well I need to try again. Still playing with colour and post to get a coherent message. Iím about a year away from finishing this

Have a gallery owner interested and a very senior curator helping me as well. Iím enjoying the process very much
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2018, 09:08:59 am »

Nice project, Iíve had the same idea but never did anything with it (like many ideas).  Good luck!


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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2018, 09:36:18 am »

I tend to shoot these with a 1904 Kodak Brownie. :)


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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2018, 09:49:18 am »

I tend to shoot these with a 1904 Kodak Brownie. :)


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Any particular reason for that?
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2018, 03:25:23 pm »

Iím playing with a few ideas. Some I may do as a triptych. Playing on the theme of religious icons. I have found another 5 I want to shoot in the next week. One other close by I didnít do well I need to try again. Still playing with colour and post to get a coherent message. Iím about a year away from finishing this

Have a gallery owner interested and a very senior curator helping me as well. Iím enjoying the process very much

Good luck, Martin!
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2018, 06:55:53 pm »

Any particular reason for that?


Yes, primarily image quality.  The uncoated single meniscus lens in the Brownie, couple with the vagaries of focus and low contrast, create a very ethereal look I just can't get with modern equipment.  The center is reasonably sharp but that rapidly falls off away from center.  It gives me a more timeless look, something I rarely find in current photography.


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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2018, 08:45:19 am »

And another. Even I know this isnít street. Sorry Russ
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2018, 02:14:52 pm »

Good luck with your project.  I think it has lots of potential.  Would make a great book.  Where do you think it might be exhibited?

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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2018, 03:35:41 pm »

Good luck with your project.  I think it has lots of potential.  Would make a great book.  Where do you think it might be exhibited?

Best,
Brian

I would look firstly in Johannesburg. Now my home town so more easily arranged. I have someone interested but donít want to say anything ahead of time. I would prefer a smaller space I think but that might change. Would love a book. That interests me the most. In the next few months Iím going to start looking for funding. Who knows. I could get lucky.
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Re: Roadside memorials
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2018, 03:13:35 am »

Martin, interesting subject, here in Kwazulu Natal one doesn't often see these. What I have noticed though are plaques people are putting up on the dolosses on the harbour wall, if I go there this afternoon I'll take a cellpic and share.

On another note: how are you going to publish the work in book form in SA? I've researched this for almost two years now and I can't find an avenue that makes any financial sense.
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