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Nicholas Constant

MA work

Predator/Protector

Exploring the evolution of the battlefield and various forms of distance, Predator/Protector contemplates particular developments that may change the future of warfare (UAV/drone warfare) and what this means not just for the victim but the perpetrators as well. Using Sontag’s ideas of how war imagery on TV and internet distance us further from the actual happenings as we relate these scenes to the cinematic, Predator/Protector attempts to combat this by showing that these issues materialise and take action from our space and in our time. Adopting a similar aesthetic to that of British landscape painters then directing the camera towards the romanticised landscape and the all too common industrial estates, the project aims to contrast these idealistic and unintrusive views with the reality of what is taking place in these locations to show that they are part of the ever-expanding ‘battlespace’ in the information age. These images are combined with representations of aspects which cannot be seen from the public eye (the drones themselves and the operating rooms) this then shows interesting parallels that would not be achievable photographing the actual subjects under investigation. 

Predator/Protector is the name of the new British drone where the name is being changed from Predator to Protector. 

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2018

  • With an interest in the spectacle of modern warfare, I explore spaces in which conflict occur particularly interested in the indirect effects on war; how they surface in the everyday and how these issues are dealt with in absence of mainstream media. Using a simple, unintrusive approach to many of the projects, I attempt to make invisible subjects visible through the use of landscape and context. Photographing in a slow and quiet manor, I try to force the viewer to study the image to extract the most information they can to then be reinforced by their own contextual knowledge and personal views. Consciously realising my place as a western spectator of modern conflict issues, I try to make work which aims to resonate with the western viewer in a non-confrontational way, believing empathy is most effective when the viewer pieces the puzzle together for themselves. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Photography, UCA Rochester, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Offprint, TATE, 2018; Cream '15, Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton, 2015; UCA Graduate Show, Rochester, 2015; Black Box Exhibition, Medway Photo Festival, 2014; Free Range, Truman Brewery, 2015
  • Awards

  • Magnum Graduate Photographer of the Year 2016; Source Magazine Graduate Photographer of the Year 2015
  • Conferences

  • Talked at Photo London 2016
  • Publications

  • Firn, 2015, Self published; Source Magazine, 2015