Louise Iddon is a freelance photographer recently graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2016, where she has studied Photography for the past three years. Louise’s main aim which runs throughout all of her work is to move away from the conventional aspects of photography and photography being seen purely as a form of documentation. Louise’s work uses a mixture of both analogue and digital photography showing her passion and dedication to the subject. Within Louise’s work she often uses the constantly developing architecture featured in and around Manchester as her subject matter. Alongside this she uses various techniques within photography to produce a view of the architecture that would be impossible to see through the eye as a viewer and would be impossible to create without the use of the camera.
Louise’s work within this specific project focuses both on architecture and the photograph as an object, looking into the construction of the buildings in relationship to the materiality of the photograph. Louise has done this by working closely with the materials used to create an image in the darkroom, folding and printing on the paper in unconventional ways. She has then taken the completed darkroom images into the studio and photographed them digitally whilst folded into different forms and three dimensional objects. Louise has deconstructed the buildings and assembled them back together in order to create a completely new structure which focuses on the construction of architecture and the deconstruction of photography.
The images created in the darkroom are all one off pieces that would be impossible to be reproduced. Louise created these images by using a single conventional film negative of different architecture taken from around Manchester. She then folded her paper in the darkroom and exposed each individual fold separately under the enlarger, marking on the back each time a fold had been exposed until all eight folds had been completed. Louise was only able to see which parts of the building had been exposed on each different section of the paper once submerged in the developer at the end.