Shruti Ramiah

Territory

February 2005

Photography

Edinburgh College of Art
Scotland

This project looks at the idea of ownership of public space and the ways in which it is expressed. This seems contradictory since public space has the notion of being ‘no-man’s land’ or rather ‘every-man’s land’ attached to it. My interest was in the marking of this space, literally.

Almost everyone in Edinburgh passes through a park called the Meadows on their way to work from the residential areas. These photographs are of the line on the path through the meadows which is meant to separate the pedestrians from the cyclists. This line is respected but as good as invisible. It blends into the landscape.

I shot the entire length of this line spacing it out to fit into exactly 36 shots. The pictures are close-up and almost dead-centre. Shooting them this way meant having to observe and engage with this invisible line in a way that one probably never would. The roll of 36 photos represents a walk from one end of the meadows to the other. I chose to show it in the form of a contact print with the entire film roll and all its own marking as evidence of the medium, to add the dimension of time and sequentiality. The way it is now laid it out constructs a whole new set of lines.

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