Street photography always adds a fresh perspective on city life, but for Birmingham photographer Stephen Calcutt he’s breaking the mould and finding a fresh way to shoot people on his own doorstep.
Attaching his camera to the scratched and graffitied plastic windows of Birmingham’s many bus stops and shelters, he captures a completely different range of images – revealing a side to the West Midlands that has never been seen before.
The series, entitled Bus Stop, is going to be on show at the London Art Biennale 20017, which runs from 29th March to 2nd April. Speaking of his work, he remarks: “Graffiti can be great art, however for me – the etched, scrawled and scratched graffiti into the plexiglass windows of the bus stop feels like a violation, like a poke in the eye, or deteriorating vision through age or disease.
“I’ve yet to see any of these etchings that look great in their own right. I also feel a window’s full potential as a clear barrier between yourself and the elements is compromised when the view beyond is obscured, distorted and blurred by the scratches.”
How does he achieve the unique shot? Stephen explains: “I fix my camera onto the etched lines and generally put the view beyond out of focus. I then enhance the image by merging everything. Some are more abstract than others, and at first glance they can look like paintings. I love the way they are almost anti-photo.
“They resonate with my past engagement with punk culture. There is a lot of energy in these pictures. They invoke frustration, beauty, love, pain and anger. For me I have to let go somehow when viewing them. I need to let them be what they are to fully enjoy them.”
Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Stephen Calcutt
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Author: Katy Cowan
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