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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.
Description: This photo was of a boarded up and neglected house in Bundoran, county Donegal, a seaside town badly hit by the recession. This shot was particularly influenced by Lewis Baltz in its deadpan style and monochromatic colour scheme. I feel that its striking simplicity is very effective at giving people an impactful image of the problem of economic decline.
Width: 30 Height: 20
Keywords: Lewis, Baltz, Black, and, White, Photography, Economy, Decline