Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.


Mar 09, 2019 - Damian Ucieda Cortes

After a year of researching and obtaining a number of different permissions, I traveled to Glasgow in September 2015 to photograph one of the many buildings that were being demolished in the city. The Tarfside Oval complex, a group of four residential towers consisting of 22 floors each, located in Mosspark, a neighborhood in the South of the city.


To produce this image I was faced with the challenge of capturing it on a large format camera which is a camera I often use within my practise. The problems being on one hand the slow shutter of this camera, for which I had to do some maths relating the speed of the object with the distance from camera and the speed that it would move on the negative. The second and main problem was the slow operation of the large format camera, it impossible to take more than one shot with this camera for an action that lasts two seconds as I wouldn’t have been able to load another negative in such a short space of time. I therefore made the decision to set up two cameras with an assistant operating the second one.

I was then able to produce more than one negative. Here you can see both images, I have never shown the second image before. The first one is taken on an 8×10 camera and the second one is with 4×5” camera.