Quo Vadis — germ of an idea for life after YOP

December 17, 2014

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I am getting close to the end of my degree course at the Open College of the Arts. One more assignment to submit and preparation for assessment and it is all over. It has been a hugely enjoyable and enlightening experience and I must admit I will be quite lost when it is all over. […]

Karen Knorr Exhibition Tate Britain – December 2014

December 17, 2014

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I have studied Karen Knorr’s work, particularly her Belgravia 1979-1981 and  Gentlemen 1981-1983 series and have cited her as one of my influences see here. It is very fortuitous that she currently has a retrospective exhibition showing just these two series at Tate Britain. I went along yesterday to see her work in the flesh as it […]

Back from my travels

December 15, 2014

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I am now back in the UK after my trip to Australia and Hong Kong. The Australia piece was very much about racing triathlons with not so much time for photography. In Hong Kong however I managed to put my Leica rangefinder to use. During our stay in Hong Kong we spent a lot of […]

OCA Thames Valley Meeting 22nd November

November 23, 2014

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Yesterday I attended an OCA Thames Valley meeting. It was a very worthwhile event. Sharon Boothroyd, my tutor, was there providing help and advice. The meeting largely concentrated on reviewing work by the students present – a  form of critique. This is extremely useful and motivational as it can be very lonely on a distance learning […]

Elina Brotherus

November 23, 2014

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On the 12th of November I attended a Study Group meeting in London to listen to an artist’s talk by Elina Brotherus. The talk was held at a gallery in Mayfair – quite a prestigious location! The group was quite small around 20 and in giving her talk Elina moved around the gallery space talking […]

LIfting the Curtain – print sizing and organisation of image and text

November 18, 2014

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In my previous post here I indicated that the principle forms of presentation that I will use are a book and an exhibition of prints. This post discusses questions about the nature of prints I would use in an exhibition. It is concerned with the sizing of prints and the spatial organisation of the image and […]

PhotoMonth Open – private view

November 7, 2014

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  Last night was the opening of the PhotoMonth Open. I spent a couple of hours their, looking at the work and looking and talking with people looking at my work. The image/text panels were all printed by the organisers. This was the same for everyone and created a level playing field for all exhibitors. It helped […]

Lifting the Curtain Book – Version Five

November 7, 2014

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The latest version of a possible book format for ‘Lifting the Curtain’ is attached to this post. Just click on the cover image or underlined below to see the book in pdf format. It is best viewed in Preview (Mac) two pages at a time. The images should be on the left hand page and […]

Study Visit – Brighton Biennial

November 5, 2014

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I attended an OCA Study Visit to the Brighton Biennial Festival recently. Other priorities meant that I could only attend for one day, but it was a full and excellent day. It is difficult with events such as this festival to get one’s mind around the sheer volume of work on show. I have therefore been […]

Lifting the Curtain – maps and references for book

November 2, 2014

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The Booth archive at London School of Economics have given me permission to publish copies of their maps in my book and to use the maps for exhibitions (with a suitable credit of course). I have been mapping out (excuse the pun) how this would look in book format. Here are sample pages from a […]

Photograph selected for Photofusion Salon/14

October 31, 2014

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I am really pleased that one of my photographs has been selected to be shown in the print show at Photofusion Salon/14. The exhibition will run from 12 December 2014 – 30 January 2015, with the Private View taking place on Thursday 11 December, 18.30 – 21.00. I was lucky enough last year to have my […]

Lifting the Curtain – Initial assessment of various forms of presentation

October 31, 2014

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As a first step towards designing the form or forms of presentation I plan to use for Lifting the Curtain I have made a preliminary assessment of the options available to me (or rather those that I am aware of at the moment).I defined the scope of possibilities for presentation (see here) I indicated that This […]

‘Lifting the Curtain’ photographs selected—PHOTOMONTH EAST LONDON International Photography Festival 2014

October 28, 2014

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Four of my image/text panels have been selected for the print show at the PHOTOMONTH EAST LONDON International Photography Festival 2014. Here’s the announcement of the event:   These are the four images: The organisers are handling the printing….a bit nervous about that as not sure how the prints will turn out. I am expecting relatively […]

Assignment Four – Submission to Tutor

October 24, 2014

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Today I have submitted my fourth assignment to my tutor….only one more to go now! I submitted the latest form of the image/text pairings for Lifting the Curtain  in the form of a book. This may not be the final form but was a convenient way of showing the work at this stage. Click on the […]

Assignment Five: Presentation of ‘Lifting the Curtain’

October 23, 2014

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I agreed with Sharon my tutor that I would prepare a scope of work for my final YOP assignment which will be about presentation of my work, Lifting the Curtain. On the subject of presentation, I was very taken by this observation by Angela Kelly in her essay Book, Exhibition, Lecture, Website – Revisiting Catharsis: Images of Post-Conflict […]

Lifting the Curtain – Photographic Influences

October 22, 2014

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As a photographic work, ‘Lifting the Curtain’ is multilayered. At its heart it is essentially documentary. The photographs record the urban landscape of East London as it is today but also evoke as sense of the past, revealing remnants of older phases of urban development mixed in with present day architecture, signage and  ‘street furniture’. It is also a […]

Umberto Eco – Opera Aperta (The Open Work)

October 20, 2014

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I have been much influenced in my thinking about ‘Lifting the Curtain’ by Umberto Eco’s ideas of ‘openness’ in works of art as  set out in his seminal work Opera Aperta  (The Open Work). Eco’s work was first published in 1962. My analysis is based on a 1989 English translation  published by Harvard University Press (1) […]

Barthes – Rhetoric of the Image

October 9, 2014

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This is my second post discussing the relevance of Barthes writing on photographic meaning for my ‘Lifting the Curtain’ project. Once again my source is Barthes book ‘Image Music Text’ (1) and in this case his essay ‘Rhetoric of the Image’. (2) The essay concerns itself with the question ‘How does meaning get into the image?’ […]

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Barthes – The Photographic Message

October 8, 2014

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As I explained in my previous post, over the next few posts I plan to document the key influences on my ‘Lifting the Curtain’ work. I will look at this both in terms of the ideas of critical thinkers and the work of other photographers. Barthes book ‘Image Music Text’ has been of particular relevance. (1) […]

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Nadav Kander – Dust

October 3, 2014

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Yesterday I went along to Flowers Gallery on the Kingsland Road in Hackney to see an exhibition of Nadav Kander’s latest work, Dust. The title of the work comes from a T S Eliot quotation ‘I will show you fear in a handful of Dust’. Fear in this case relates to the nature of the places represented – three […]

East London Project – Bethnal Green Shoot

October 2, 2014

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I am getting close to the end of shooting for the East London Project. Whilst I fully expect to keep making images right up until the end, from now on this will be directed at trying to improve existing images, rather than exploring completely new sites. Last night I visited what might prove to be my […]

East London Project – on to Assignment Four

September 29, 2014

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Following the feedback for Assignment three (see my previous post here), I decided to take stock of where I had reached with my East End work. I had two questions to consider: Would the project work better by simply using the images without text? Sharon suggested that I look at the images themselves to see what they […]

‘Lifting the Curtain’ – photographs published

September 1, 2014

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Three of my image/text pairings from ‘Lifting the Curtain’ have just been published in Hashtag Photography Magazine – an online photographic magazine. I found the publication when I noticed that RobTM a fellow OCA student had some photographs from  his ‘A Forest’ series published in the last edition of the magazine. Rob was a fellow […]

More [(6)] Publicity and OCA video

August 27, 2014

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This post is a catch up to document some publicity I received for the [(6)] exhibition. First of all, I had an article about my Ironman Family series published on the blog of the main UK bases triathlon magazine. It can be viewed here: http://www.220triathlon.com/news/photographer-takes-an-unusual-look-at-ironman-athletes/8993.html Second, the OCA released a video of the exhibition featuring […]

Lifting the Curtain – re-examining the image/text concept

August 26, 2014

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In her feedback on Assignment Three, my tutor Sharon gave me a number of very useful pointers for putting together the image/text pairings which I summarised in a previous post as follows: Clarify exactly how I want the viewer/reader to engage with the work and how his or her participation is needed to complete it. It would […]

More prospecting in East London

August 7, 2014

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Whilst I have been deliberating on how I am going to proceed with the East London Project, I have been continuing to make images. To some extent the images will inform my decision on how to go forward. I also had an encouraging meeting with Toynbee Hall. How I might show the work is also […]

East London Images without Texts

July 31, 2014

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First it is important to say that I remain committed to working with image and text for my East End work. And that as my source of text I am keen to retain the link with Charles Booth’s work. This commitment is based on my wish to pursue a more innovative form for the work […]

Assignment Three Submission and Feedback

July 28, 2014

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A little while ago I submitted my material for Assignment Three to Sharon my tutor. I have now had feedback from her and this posts documents both my submission and the feedback. The submission comprised of four elements. Two projects which are a prescribed part of the coursework for YOP. An updated artist statement and […]

Lifting the Curtain – update 20th July 2014

July 20, 2014

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I have continued to work on my East London project  now called ‘Lifting the Curtain’. I am pretty well advanced and have reached a stage where I have decided to open a dialogue with Toynbee Hall in East London about the possibility of staging an exhibition in conjunction with them (preferably on their premises). The […]

[(6)] Publicity

July 19, 2014

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I have managed to gain some publicity for the [(6)] exhibition. So far this has included: Big Issue of the North photo and mention of the exhibition: The Photofusion Blog: Printspace Blog:   I am also hoping for an article to be published on the blog of 220 Triathlon magazine….watch this space.    

Bank Street Arts Installation

July 6, 2014

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We spent a full day yesterday in Sheffield installing the [(6)] exhibition. I’ve learned a lot from this experience about setting up an exhibition (methods of fixing photographs and their relative cost and ease of installation), laying out an exhibition space (no substitute for visiting the location, aligning the midpoints of the pictures – 157 cm […]

East London Work – Critical Context

July 4, 2014

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It is time for me to start working on documenting the critical context for my East London work. The influences on my work fall into two categories: photographers whose works have inspired me (aesthetically and conceptually) and critical writing which has informed my conceptualisation. I plan to present reviews of these influences on this blog. […]

[(6)] Exhibition dates extended….

July 4, 2014

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Don’t forget to come along to the [(6)] exhibition in Sheffield, if you can. The exhibition is now running from 9th July until 1st August 2014. My I am an Ironman  and Ironman Family photographs will be on show along with excellent work from five other photographers.

Back to work, back to East London….

July 4, 2014

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It has been a while since I have posted to the blog. I have not stopped working on my OCA YOP course but have certainly slowed down whilst I have been on my travels and have been preparing for the upcoming exhibition in Sheffield, which is now going to run until the end of July… […]

Le Mans Diversion

June 17, 2014

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Just got back from my holidays…first Hawaii and then the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Neither was a photo trip but took along my Leica M with a 50 mm lens. Travelling light. Le Mans could not have been more of a contrast with the earlier Silverstone trip (see here). Darkness and crowds are my […]

Map of East London ‘Booth’ locations

May 15, 2014

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Below is a map of the current state of play in terms of the geographic locations of the urban landscapes I am looking to make for my East London project. The red dots are locations where I have a text and have made a photograph which I am happy with (at least for now). The […]

Assignment Two Tutor Feedback

May 15, 2014

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I have now received feedback from Sharon on my last assignment. We followed up her written report with a telephone conversation in which I updated her on my change of direction with the East London work. I am pleased to say that she was happy with how I now plan to take the work forward. Sharon’s […]

East End Prospecting – Working Practice

May 13, 2014

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Thought it would be worthwhile documenting my working practice for prospecting for images in East London. The first step is desk research. My aim now is to try to get a broad spread of references from Booth’s survey. I would like to include the various industries he reviewed, get a broad geographic  spread and coverage of the […]

the velvet cell

May 13, 2014

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I had some time to kill yesterday on my way to the Photographers Gallery so I popped into Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road. It has a great selection of photographic books, including some very small run publications. I came across a number of books by a publishing house called the velvet cell. I bought a couple […]

Portraits in Context

May 13, 2014

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I have once again changed the title for my portraiture work with women landscape photographers. I am keen that the title represents the work as an exploration of how the background setting can inform the reading of a portrait. I will need to submit my latest work on this project to Sharon at the end of […]

Deutsche Borse Prize and Exhibition

May 13, 2014

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I went along to the Photographers’ Gallery for the announcement  of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (a perk of being an Associate Member of the Gallery). I also had the time to have a good look around the exhibition before it got too busy. Before going along I had looked at the PG website and […]

Project five an impartial view

May 11, 2014

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For project five the student is asked to document a subject in as objective a manner as possible without skewing the presentation to a particular point of view. I decided to explore the question of impartiality in relation to one of my ongoing projects in which I have been making portraits of landscape photographers.(I have […]

Anna Fox – OCA Study Group

May 8, 2014

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Yesterday I attended an OCA Study Group in the OCA Farnham, where Anna Fox gave a presentation about her photography. Prior to the event, we had been advised to review Anna’s website here and a recent interview she gave published on American Suburb X here. These also serve as a reference point for my thoughts on […]

A possible new beginning…

May 4, 2014

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As I indicated in the last post I have been having some serious reservations about the originality of my approach to my East End project. I outlined two alternative directions in which I could take the work. The second of these was to base my series on Charles Booth’s 1889 survey of East London. The […]

East End work…..doubts creeping in….

May 2, 2014

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I have had a good hard look at my East End work to date and I have to say that I am beginning to have some significant reservations. First the good news: I am very happy with the aesthetic approach of shooting in low light creating high contrast, mostly dark images. The effect is quite […]

More images for Umbra Sumus

April 24, 2014

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Out again this morning shooting early. It is quite tricky to get the shots I am looking for. I was up at 3.45 am and in the car headed for London just after 4 am. An hour later I was parked up and on my way to my location for the morning – The Highway. […]

A diversion…

April 21, 2014

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I spent yesterday watching the World Endurance Car Championships at Silverstone. I a fan of this kind of sports car racing and yesterday’s event was very significant as it signalled a return to the top flight of this form of car racing by Porsche in the form of a prototype racing car (the top class). […]

Umbra Sumus 14th April Shoot

April 14, 2014

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I have added two more image/text combinations to my select pool. Both images have some minor defects but not sure if I can overcome these if I were to reshoot the images. The first  photograph is of the bottom end of Brick Lane close to where a a nail bomb exploded in 1999 (the bomb […]

Umbra Sumus – latest photo edit and future locations

April 11, 2014

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I have now narrowed down my edit to 15 photographs. I am content with the locations of these photographs and have identified texts to accompany each. This is still however an early edit. I want to revisit several of the sites and try again to make a photograph which I am convinced is a keeper. […]

Jochen Lempert

April 11, 2014

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I was struck by a recent post that Sharon made on the OCA blog. It is about Jochen Lempert, a photographer who has  been shortlisted for the 2014 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. Click on photograph below to see Sharon’s article. A paragraph at the end of Sharon’s article particularly attracted my attention because of its […]

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