Ingrid Newton

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VIDEO: Ingrid Newton explains the methods of chance she used to create her book series "Par Hazard".

VIDEO: Ingrid Newton explains the methods of chance she used to create her book series "Par Hazard".

VIDEO: Ingrid Newton explains the methods of chance she used to create her book series "Par Hazard".

Ingrid Newton graduated from De Montfort University with an MA in Photography with distinction for her series "Par Hazard - An A-Z of Chance Encounters".

A set of six books, "Par Hazard" is a documentation of her journeys based on the London A-Z. Each journal records a single day in which Ingrid decided where to go and what to photograph on the throw of the dice and guided by a set of rules, in the manner of games of chance.

The resulting images combine to form visual links, which emphasise underlying connections made between the seemingly random and haphazard and always acknowledging the serendipity at the core of urban life.

Founded on the vernacular of street photography the books are a personal response to London in all its sprawling mystery. Our knowledge of the city is determined by our patterns of life, the places we live and work give us an understanding of a mere fragmentation of its whole.

In order to break her own sense of London, conditioned by routine and familiarity Ingrid adopted different chance tactics to change her usual destination or motive-based methods of navigating the city. With a set of rules and numbers on the dice she set out to map London under less controlling terms.

These are journeys undertaken in a spirit of exploration, spontaneity and adventure, celebrating the pleasures of living in the moment, the freedom to roam and the delight in getting lost in an increasingly monitored society.

"Par Hazard" was awarded a highly recommended by AG Magazine in their Brilliant Book Awards, July 2010. Selected images from the "Par Hazard" books were featured in the London Independent Photograpy annual exhibition at the Strand Gallery in October 2010.

Ingrid Newton's books

Par Hazard 1
    • Book + print
    • 300 available
Par Hazard 2
    • Book + print
    • 300 available
Par Hazard 3
    • Book + print
    • 300 available
Par Hazard 4
    • Book + print
    • 300 available
Par Hazard 5
    • Book + print
    • 300 available
Par Hazard 6
    • Book + print
    • 300 available