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Performative Spaces

Over the past few weeks I have accumulated a series of unedited images inspired by the work of photographer Jason Oddy. Oddy succeeds at capturing structural solidity and provoking emotions through the use of empty space. It expanded my research from the performance of human interaction to objects. I was fascinated by his minimalistic style and attempted to encapsulate it in my response to his photos. The next few photos presented are images taken by Jason Oddy followed by my response to the photos, by adapting and using the building I’m surrounded by in everyday life. My own images are currently unedited, as I hope to correlate them to Oddy’s work my precisely through post production in my sketchbook.

Jason Oddy, ‘The Village’ VI, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algiers, 2013
Emily Mobbs, Back of Waterstones, Brigthon, England, 2021

Using Jason Oddy’s work as inspiration encouraged me to view my surroundings as more structural and I found myself hunting for the geometrics within buildings. It was a very mathematical form of photography and differed from human photography; it felt performative as I would look for spaces that I thought were emotive and carried a form of satisfaction, through the use of symmetry and shapes.

Jason Oddy, Neue Prora, RĂ¼gan Island, Germany, 2000
Emily Mobbs, Pelicanos, Brighton, England, 2021
Jason Oddy, Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1999
Emily Mobbs, East Street, Brighton, England, 2021

I continued my experimentation on a trip to London and was able to elaborate on my response to Jason Oddy’s work as I was surround my a lot more extreme and large architecture. I found myself taking photos mainly of hallways and my perception of them was like a never ending hall of emptiness. I think empty was definitely the word I highlighted throughout this response as the meaning of the word duplicated from physical to emotive.

Jason Oddy, Corridor I, Mentouri University, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
Emily Mobbs, St Pancras Station, London, England, 2021
Jason Oddy, The Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1999
Emily Mobbs, St Pancras Station, London, England 2021
Jason Oddy, Magnolia, Prophylactorium, Odessa, Ukraine, 1999
Emily Mobbs, Victoria line, London, England, 2021
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