Philip Blenkinsop, India
Posted on November 11, 2011
I just came across this film and wanted to share it with you. I met Philip years ago at the Visa Festival in France. I walked into the Hotel Pam and there was this guy at a back table on the patio. Tall, skinny and putting together a journal of some sort. I think you would be hard pressed to find a more unique individual, and I think this is also reflected in his work and his approach. When I found this film it made me think back to those days in France, and I also wondered, “Where the Hell are those negatives?” Well, seeing that they WERE negatives, I had them in my hand in minutes and in the scanner a few minutes after that. I actually don’t know what I was doing with this framing and cropping and collage of imagery. I shot it that way at the time, but have zero recollection of working that way during that time in my life. Regardless, here is the guy in the flesh.
For me, when people ask me about my favorite photographers, and what makes them interesting to me, my answer is typically pretty simple. I like recognizable imagery. I love being able to open a book, a magazine, or walk into a gallery, see imagery and say “I know who did that.” The modern digital era has ushered in a mass homogenization in this regard, so I find it more and more difficult to find unique content and work that reflects a unique vision or look. I can spot Philip’s work a mile away. A combination of subject matter, technique and presentation that has his fingerprints over the entire process. This I enjoy and respect.
Someone made a film about Philip which you can see here, http://www.frontlinefilms.com.au/videos/asianheart.htm
Also appears like he is actively building a studio in Bangkok for workshops and the like….you can see this on his Facebook page…HERE
This text accompanies the film on Vimeo.
Under Jharia’s crust, lies one of the largest coal deposits in India. But for the people who live above an inferno, Jharia is a condemned place. For almost a century, fires have burned uncontrolled in the mines beneath Jharia, polluting the air with poisonous fumes and splitting the ground with dangerous fissures.
For the impoverished residents of Jharia, stealing coal to sell and picking through collapsed buildings for salvageable material is a dangerous way of life. And now, with the earth literally collapsing beneath their feet, they face an ecological disaster.