I encountered Rob’s photography via his Day of Archaeology blog post. Rob’s work is all about the gritty reality of life on site, this grittiness is expressed metaphorically through the graininess of his black and white photography. The style is typically “street”, conveying a sense of activity and movement, whilst the technique (35mm self developed black and white film) is all about a punky, do it yourself feel. The result is a growing collection of unusual documentation of the places and people that Rob encounters in his work.
Alex Jansen’s work takes an sensitive look at the landscapes around us as archaeologists. To me the Alex’s work evokes something of that feeling of being a stranger in a place that you know intimately. As archaeologists we often find ourselves in a particular place that we study in great detail, and yet the modern life of that place remains in some way distant to us.