Belinda Hogan is from Brisbane, OZ (Australia) and has recently completed her Masters in Photojournalism. Back in September of 2008, Hogan contacted me through my Parking Lot page about doing an interview for a presentation she was making toward her thesis. Below is Hogan’s account of our collaboration.
Last year I took a unit in photojournalism as part of my Masters degree. Keen to reconnect with the camera and also to learn about the technology I seemed to have missed out on-for example digital camera and photoshop, I thought this would be a great thing to do-and I was right.
One of my assessments was to give a talk on a photographer. A few months prior, my husband and I were talking again about Brisbane being a city that does not preserve its past. We got talking about the number of fading ads on the side of buildings that are preserved in Melbourne-a city that does want its past to live on! And we got to thinking about trying to track down old fading signs in Brisbane-if we could find them. The two photos here were taken in Fortitude Valley.
A few weeks later we came across the amazing website of photographer/teacher/activist Frank. H. Jump from Brooklyn New York. He has spent years taking photos of fading ads, not just in New York, but around the States and other countries. His photographs are fabulous and his story is too. The link to his site is under the links section of this website.
So Frank became the photographer I gave my seminar on for my assessment. For this I contacted him and asked whether I could interview him about his work, which I did. You can read about his fading ad philosophy on his site.
I then completed a folio of fading ads for assessment. I photo shopped them, making them black and white and I had them printed in matte on really rough paper. I wanted to give a brick like texture to them.
I sent many of my original photos to Frank and you can see them here