PROJECT – Seeing Red

CAMERA: Robot Disderi 3
FILM: Kodak Ultramax 400
I suffer from creative blocks all the time. Often I can go months without developing or finishing a film that only has a few shots left, and motivation to conceptualise project based work can also be difficult.
One way I try to push through this is by simply dividing the world into two columns, one thing and everything else. Here, for example, I had already loaded my Robot Disderi 3 camera with some film and taken a few shots but then not picked up the camera again for a while. So, I took it out on a nice day and a long walk around London, where I ended up in St James’s and saw something simple, something red. From there I took photos of any red thing I could find. Even with something as simple as colour this focus immediately creates a new body of work and start my brain ticking over again. I found that by focusing on a specific colour it forced my brain to only look for it, so by sorting through my environment with colour I also started to notice other colours. I think – ‘that isn’t red, but it’s interesting’ – so I allow myself to take a photo of it too. By the end of the day I have a finished roll of film and a cohesive bunch of photographs that I really like, how very productive!
(And yes, I know there are quite a few post boxes but I was ruthless about stopping every time I saw red and tried to compose an interesting shot regardless. It’s London, they are everywhere!)
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And some other colours
(I particularly liked the pink trash bags with the pink flowers, so chic in a posh neighbourhood!)
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©Jennifer Schussler

PROJECT – Portraits of Culture

This project was shot on a single roll of film, which was where the idea really grew from. I love the physicality of film, and this film travelled with me around London to capture the facades of 36 cultural institutions and galleries. Some are more familiar than others, and I ended the project with a commercial gallery as a juxtaposition to the many charitable organisations that define London’s cultural landscape.

Taken with my Olympus Trip 35 on Agfa Vista 400 film

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I had a lurking anxiety during the process of shooting this single roll of film that I had not wound on enough at the beginning, and that the first shot would not come out. After my “last” shot I went to the National Gallery again and tried the shutter button. Here is the final 37th shot.

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National Gallery • National Portrait Gallery
London Transport Museum • British Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum • Natural History Museum
Science Museum • Tate Britain
Imperial War Museum Lambeth • Design Museum Shad Thames
The Photographers’ Gallery • Richmond Museum
The Courtauld Gallery • Tate Modern
Museum of London • Guildhall Art Gallery
Bank of England Museum • Sir John Soane’s Museum
Hungarian Museum • Wellcome Collection
The Wallace Collection • Whitechapel Gallery
The Geffrye Museum • V&A Museum of Childhood
Serpentine Gallery • Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Royal Academy of Arts • Institute of Contemporary Art
Household Cavalry Museum • IWM Churchill War Rooms
The Queen’s Gallery • The Foundling Museum
The Jewish Museum • Barbican Centre (Art Gallery)
Fashion and Textile Museum • White Cube Bermondsey
National Gallery

©Jennifer Schussler