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Name: Emma Moran
School: Collegiate Grammar School-Enniskillen
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I was inspired by the current climate of decline and decay and the negative effects it was having on my community. I wanted to document the symptoms of this decline in a striking way that would draw people’s attention to a problem that they would rather board up, shutter down and ignore. The simplistic and bold style of my photography was influenced by the New Topographic photographers and in particular Lewis Baltz and Stephen Shore. Typified by an absence of apparent style and artistic frills I felt the sparseness and banality of the New Topographics was the best way to express the bleakness of my topic.
Title: Down, Down, Down
Description: This photo was of a recently built shopping centre in Bundoran, county Donegal, a seaside town badly hit by the recession. I was struck by the emptiness and sterile quality of a place that should be buzzing with shoppers. I increased the contrast and chose black and white as I felt it emphasised the starkness of the building. I also liked the symbolism of the sign for shopping pointing downwards, implying the downward spiral of the economy.
Width: 30 Height: 20
Keywords: Lewis, Baltz, Black, and, White, Economy, Decline