ed ruscha
ed ruscha
ed ruscha

A series of banal and quotidian spaces

Throughout Ed Ruscha’s work “26 photos of gas station” the photographs they appear to be just photos of banal and quotidian gas stations across the united states, but Ed ruscha saw them in a different light as these unique pieces of architecture that most people don’t look twice at. Ruscha’s ability to convey the common abstract qualities in his work by the placement of the different brand logos which is usually the first thing that catches the eye and how it makes each of these petrol stations unique to the next. I found similar aspects in my work of these late 1800s terrace housing, the photographs I took of these terrace houses appear as banal and quotidian spaces but the common Victorian era style of architecture in which they share give these buildings a repetitive abstract quality which is seen throughout. Similarly, to Ed ruscha’s style of photography which he would take from moving cars and with the use of black and white film I attempted to mimic a similar style by taking these photos from an across the road style of framing also using a Pentax film camera to match the era of quality these photographs and edited them to be black and white. The sequencing of my photographs is to clearly depict the abstract qualities that they all share with the era of the buildings and to mainly focus on the second floor balconies as the designs for the railings is what makes them unique and different to each other for this era of architecture.


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ruscha, e. (2017). Twentysix gasoline stations, (1963, printed 1969) by Edward Ruscha :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW. [online] Artgallery.nsw.gov.au. Available at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/427.2008.a-vv/?tab=shop

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