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Peter Blake, Westminster Abbey – Animalia (taken from London Suite series)

At first I was looking at Blake’s work and experimenting in terms of the size and scale of portraiture but my though processes changed completely after the Pembrokeshire field trip. I became more interested in how Blake had taken a recognisable scene and created something surreal by disregarding the context and filling the picture with animals. The cards that these works are printed on also come in twos, as if he was advocating using them as postcards; keep one and post one. These ideas made me interested in generic, of ‘touristy’ photographs and what makes one. During the Pembrokeshire trip we were repeatedly told to avoid taking these type of photos but we were drawn to them anyway. Thinking about this made me want to investigate how I could create a generic image.



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