David Moore’s best photograph – children on a Derby estate

please note this post is not by Jay Clapp Photography but from the photography news at the guardian for your viewing pleasure please feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom.

‘I knew I only had one chance at this but the flash was set wrong. It seemed to light up all of Derby’

I took this photograph on an estate in the Allenton area of my hometown, Derby, in spring 1988. The estate was conveniently close to my family home, although it didn’t reflect our own living circumstances. I would wander around like an old-fashioned flaneur, knocking on doors and asking people to let me come in and take their picture. The majority were willing, generous and trusting. In return for their time, I gave them prints.

In those days, you didn’t do this sort of thing with colour, but it allowed me to work in a way that no one had before. I wanted my work to be compassionate – seeing photography as a political tool – but I also wanted to convey the excitement of the medium. I was studying down south, in the final year of my degree, and the fact that I’d been away meant I was able to view the city differently. The series got a mixed reception, though: the photographs puzzled some people purely because they were in colour.

I can remember exactly how I felt when I took this image, standing there in that garden, four kids from a family I photographed regularly suddenly coming towards me. I knew I only had one chance. The flash had slipped on to the wrong setting, which seemed to illuminate the whole city – and blind us all. Accidents are often fortuitous.

After 25 years, I am finally turning the series into a book. Publishing and revising old work can be like correcting your younger self. The pictures still hold great resonance for me, and remind me of working in a totally different way. These days, the people I point the camera at are powerful and institutional, rather than the dispossessed. I’ve made a 180-degree turn – although of course they are related.

It’s a bugger to do a print of this, but it’s worth it. It’s beautiful.


Born: 1961, Blackburn.

Studied: West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham.

Influences: Larry Fink, William Eggleston, Michael Haneke.

High point: The publication of my first book, The Velvet Arena, in 1994.

Low point: Having to chase commercial work I didn’t want to do.

Top tip: Be true to yourself about the quality of the work you’re making.

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via Art and design: Photography | guardian.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/may/08/david-moore-best-photograph Sarah Phillips Thanks for reading Jay


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