This Typology Photography reflective statement has a key theme and this theme is Car Doors, the relationship one car door has to another and the relationship one car door doesn’t have with another. This assignment kept to a perfunctory task purely of sorting of these photographs for display purposes. Typologies in Photography (1994)
This type of visual recording and in this case of recording visual photographs of car doors to display in a grid format the strong similarities and the slight differences of the everyday common item such as a car door.

What really brings these objects together in common is the ultimate use of these car doors. They all have the same use. They almost all look identical but every single one of these car doors is different to each other. Not just different in colour but design and ease of use but different in type, different in type of metal, strength of metal, weight, number of uses, primarily used by a male, primarily used by a female, expected life span and so on.

The Sorting, Classifying and Arranging of the objects in this exercise of car doors systematically arranged together in this grid structure could have been challenging but having the task already mentally mapped out freed my mind from procrastination.

The types and makes of cars these doors belong to are completely unimportant, only later focusing attention on just the shape, size and colour of each individual door and the various relationships they have with each other. The initial impression the onlooker may get from viewing these such pictures is that of twenty or thirty car doors varying only in colour and shape. Taking the typological approach of observation we see far more, and that we see ‘classes’ and ‘divisions’.

The photographing of these car doors become a quick undiscriminating task of capturing the subjects and systematically grid forming them later with no favouring and no un-favouring of any but only to group all for the finished typological project.


Typologies in Photography (1994)