Banal & Quotidian Spaces

Edward Ruscha’s Twenty-six Gasoline Stations effectively explores a series of banal and quotidian spaces, that have some common abstract quality. Ruscha captures photos of ordinary gas stations from his car, choosing to focus on humdrum, everyday architecture as opposed to any vast, magnificent landscapes. The grid-like composition of Ruscha’s images, when viewed side by side, collectively possess an abstract quality that cleverly captures the charm of architecture that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Therefore, I have applied Ruscha’s ideology, and techniques in my efforts to capture a reality usually perceived in a state of distraction. Being a student that travelled by train throughout highschool, and now to UTS, Sydney’s railways have quickly become an extremely banal, and quotidian experience to anyone who travels to and from the city. Thus, my photograph TRACKS involves me being seated inside a train whilst taking various images of warehouses, factories, trains etc. in order to capture the metallic, industrial aesthetic of Sydney's railway.

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Evidently, I have used a similar composition to Ruscha in which the images are presented as a series that share a common abstract quality. I also chose to use the gray-scale filter as its dull, colourless aesthetic adds to the banal, and quotidian atmosphere. However, unlike Ruscha my photos are depicted in rectangular frames as opposed to squares, as the wider shot better portrays the stretching power lines and train tracks.


Ruscha, Ed (1937) - The Ordinary

  • Twenty-six Gasoline Stations (Alhambra, CA: Cunningham Press, 1962)
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