Thursday, 30 June 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
feeling frustrated with not getting the shots I want - seems like i'm rushing the shots and not checking / planning the focus. I want the camera to become transparent in getting the shot. At the moment it's more often doing something that I hadn't planned or thought about.
Taking time and practising might help.
Monday, 27 June 2011
I'd taken shots of Chris in the PABX room but they were too grainy (shot on the old D80) and so I wanted to reshoot.
Ended up going for a montage of him sat on the floor with the lights on to the left merged with a shot with the main room lights out - needs a bit of tweaking but I like it.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
this afternoon we went up to 56a infoshop www.56a.org.uk/ for the breakfast social caff as part of its 20th anniversary - on the way back we checked out the skateboard action at the elephant
I'm interested to do some photographic stuff down the 56A - I'll have to chat with X Chris before he disappears off to Brazil to become a dad! in fact that could be the focus....
Should you be indecisive, act in the following manner: dig a hole about four feet deep (depending on your height). This hole may be dug anywhere. Now stand perfectly upright in your hole, and consider why you have dug it. Fill it in. if you have not reasoned why you have dug this hole, dig another.
Friday, 24 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
So it would have to be a good one -
In comparing the working methods and works of say Barbra Kruger and Francis Alys I'm pulled by Alys' breadth as opposed to Kruger's single pointedness - and that's not to decry either.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
I do have a fondness for the Sweet and Spicy cafe on Brick Lane. When I first came to London in 1985 after having worked for 2 years in Bangladesh I used to come here talking Bengali, eating with my hand and generally unnerving the Bengalis who ran the place.
Today this man had a gentle quietness about him, almost with a hint of sadness, but was as ultimately unknowable as the photograph itself.
I'm tempted by a crop and a change of title.
went to the Westminster Photography BA degree show - my back has been killing me over the weekend so sitting on the cushion and following the instructions to "Take time" and "Empty yourself" was perfect. mayumihirata.com/
The whole show is here www.free-range.org.uk/cgi-bin/exhibition.pl?&exhibiti...
can't believe I'll be showing my work there in 3 years.
Friday, 17 June 2011
G - grid view
E - Loupe view
tab hides panels
F - full screen
F5 and F6 hide top and bottom panels
apple Alt F - return to normal view
Shift Tab - hide / show all
Zoom Apple + / -
Apple Alt + / -
apple Z - undo
apple shift Z - redo
N - display selected in survey
aplle click to remove
B - add to quick collection
apple E - edit in photoshop
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
listening to cameron talking about getting cancer patients back to work
you have to wonder
where he might be on the spectrum from
caring about someone other than his own
to keeping the taxes rolling in
either way it's heartening to see
the prospect of impending industrial action
workers struggle whether they're in or out of work
bankers? - shoot the lot
Monday, 13 June 2011
It's exam time and even if you're in hospital you can still take your exams.
Also started recording a series of interviews with school staff, asking them to reflect back over the year.
The plan is to use quotes from the interviews interspersed with the photos in the final book.
1/ went too late in the day, busy busy
2/ tried to see too much
3/ was tired out before I got there
So, for the record:
Photography: New Documentary Forms This new five-room display explores the ways in which five contemporary artists have used the camera to explore, extend and question the power of photography as a documentary medium. Consisting entirely of new acquisitions to Tate’s collection, it includes recent work by Luc Delahaye, Mitch Epstein, Guy Tillim and Akram Zaatari, as well as two important earlier works by Boris Mikhailov. Between them they cover subjects as diverse as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, studio photography in Beirut, elections in the Congo, everyday life in pre- and post-Soviet Ukraine, and power production in the United States. Each room concerns one discrete project, in which the artist calls into question the relationship between the documentary value of photography and the museum as its proper context.
Burke + Norfolk: Photographs From The War In AfghanistanIn October 2010, Simon Norfolk began a series of new photographs in Afghanistan, which takes its cue from the work of nineteenth-century British photographer John Burke. Norfolk’s photographs reimagine or respond to Burke’s Afghan war scenes in the context of the contemporary conflict. Conceived as a collaborative project with Burke across time, this new body of work is presented alongside Burke’s original portfolios. The exhibition takes place in conjunction with an earlier complementary exhibition in March 2011 at the Queen’s Palace in the Baghe Babur garden in Kabul, supported by The World Collections Programme and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which resulted from a series of workshops with Afghan photographers, featuring work by Fardin Waezi and Burke alongside Norfolk’s own work.
ARTIST ROOMS: Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus (1923–71) is acknowledged as one of the great figures of American photography who fixed remarkable images of contemporary life. Her sympathy for her subjects exposed the variety and complexity of the human condition.
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters- Taryn Simon
Tate Modern premieres an important new body of work by the American artist Taryn Simon, who chronicles generational histories through an elaborate assembly of image and text. In each, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. From feuding families in Brazil to victims of genocide in Bosnia, and human exhibitions in the United States to the living dead in India, Simon forms a collection that maps the relationships among chance, blood and other components of fate. Simon’s presentation explores the struggle to determine patterns embedded in the narratives she documents.
I did however, buy a book - "A Story of Deception" by Francis Alÿs - wonderful!
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Revd Kes has been the priest at St Hughes church and community centre for the past 3 years. The church is being demolished with a new church and social housing to be built on the site. Revd Kes is heading to pastures new. I met up with her and photographed the old building and recorded an interview with her.
Friday, 10 June 2011
got books and DVD out of the library:
· Woolcock, P. Vile Bodies: Kids, Video. Blast films, London. Video about the way 4 photographers work with children, including Sally Mann and Wendy Ewald.
they both really engage with the notion of childhood as being something other, not defined by adults and ultimately weird.
· Wendy Ewald, Portraits and Dreams
not read this yet, just flipped through the photos and wondering if I could facilitate a similar process
· Dewdney, A. Youth, Culture and Photography, Basingstoke: Macmillan Education, Hampshire and London, 1988.
i've got a million ideas for a million projects - just need to pick one -
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Revd Kes has been the priest at St Hughes church and community centre for the past 3 years. The church is being demolished with a new church and social housing to be built on the site. Revd Kes is heading to pastures new. I met up with her this morning and photographed the old building and recorded an interview with her. Not quite sure how I'll put it together - a slideshow and audio seems the obvious thing....
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
I'm planning on doing the 100 strangers project on Flickr. It would definitely get me out of my comfort zone. Basically it's to take 100 photographs of people you don't know, http://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/
The Pearly Queens and Kings are a step in the right direction....
Monday, 6 June 2011
The brief was:
- working in pairs, using items from your bag or objects and people in your immediate vicinity, create and photograph a series of spontaneous one - minute - sculptures.
- Using Erwin Wurm's images as a point of reference, each sculpture should link a person with an everyday object in a temporary situation, pose and position.
DD and Henry came along to the day and we teamed up with 2nd year student Robert (pictured) and goofed around photographing each other with everyday objects - Robert also won a prize for his BW shot of DD vomiting up a bunch of keys. It was fun.
Sunday, 5 June 2011
At work I'm coming to the end of one year of photographing the life of the hospital school. One more half term to get all the shots I haven't got yet - a portrait of each member of staff - a mini series "day in the life of a teacher / a classroom assistant / a pupil"- Brian's music sessions / the physical environment / the equipment.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
With some help from Shaun I hung the 5 portraits that I took of past pupils of the Hospital School in a corridor at the school at Chelsea. This was also my college submission for the Public / Private project. I included a sound module with the 5 recordings of my interview with each pupil. I'm pleased with it but wish I'd used larger frames with a mount. Still it's great to have it up and will be interesting to see what people think.
With help from Adele we managed to get 7 of our group to contribute a photo each for the PhotoFest. If we'd had more time I would have liked to include a map showing where each one was taken. Still as a first group project it was interesting to see it through to completion.
I also manage to get Thomas (M) confused with another Thomas (Z) that I know, and then invite Thomas Z to submit a photo instead of Thomas M from the course! Thomas Z takes a photo of himself - I think that Thomas M has taken a photo of someone he knows, and then another friend sees it posted on flickr and says "hello Thomas Z", I start to wonder if Thomas (M) knows Thomas (Z) and then I realise that I've invited the wrong Thomas! ......