Memories Exhibition Oxford

March 23, 2015

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With the Memories exhibition in Oxford fast approaching I thought I would re-post details of my work to be shown. Memories is a OCA level 3 student exhibition being curated by John Umney and Penny Watson. I am showing seven image/text panels from Lifting the Curtain along with an artist’s statement. The  statement, which I have revised since my last post is as […]

Lifting the Curtain – Project Overview for Assessment Folder

February 20, 2015

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This is the full text of my ‘Overview’ for Lifting the Curtain, which I plan to present in my Assessment Submission along with more detailed papers on the contextual framework and presentation strategy. OVERVIEW: MAJOR PROJECT LIFTING THE CURTAIN  The idea for Lifting the Curtain grew out of my fascination with East London and how it […]

Assignment Five Tutor Feedback

February 12, 2015

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The main thrust of my submission for this final Assignment was about presentation of my work. I submitted a detailed paper on this. Perhaps too detailed as my tutor found it a little confusing and was puzzled by the large number of options I discussed. She suggested that I make it very clear in my assessment […]

Critical Review Updated

February 11, 2015

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In Assignment Two I presented my Critical Review text to my tutor for review. My chosen subject was ‘CONTEXT AND MEANING IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY – A Comparative Study’. In her feedback my tutor suggested a number of changes to the text to improve the flow and to add more depth. I subsequently amended the text and […]

Oxford OCA Student Exhibition

February 9, 2015

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I heard from John Umney and Penny Watson that they have decided to include some work from Lifting the Curtain  in their forthcoming exhibition to take place in Oxford in May/June of this year. This is great news and my thanks to them both for their generosity. As I am away a lot over the coming […]

Assignment Five Submission

February 8, 2015

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A few days ago I submitted my final assignment, #Five, to my tutor. This was a momentous event. My last assignment on my photography degree course with the OCA. The main thrust of this assignment was to set out my plans for presentation of Lifting the Curtain. I defined the scope of this work in a paper I […]

Document, Publicity, Commentary, Art

February 7, 2015

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This post presents my thoughts on the recent CONSTRUCTING WORLDS Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age Exhibition at the Barbican London. This exhibition closed in early January 2015. I visited twice. There was much to take in at this blockbuster exhibition, which presented work by 18 photographers. I have struggled to get my mind around it all and […]

Tate Modern – Conflict-Time-Photography

February 6, 2015

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I have been looking forward to this exhibition for some time. The concept of the exhibition has quite an overlap with my own work in East London. My own work does not deal with conflict, but does pose questions about what a photograph of a present day place can say, if anything, about what happened […]

Assignment Four Tutor Feedback

January 27, 2015

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Somewhat belatedly I am posting the feedback from my tutor for assignment four. Sharon’s comments were largely positive and I got the sense that she felt I was on track and that ‘Lifting the Curtain’ is now working well. With regards to the book her key comment was that it would be stronger if I […]

‘Lifting the Curtain’ – staging the exhibition and book sales

January 19, 2015

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As I stated in my previous post my plan is to use ‘Lifting the Curtain’ to raise funds for the East London charity Toynbee Hall through sales of prints and copies of my book. I will pay for the printing, framing  and book production and any proceeds from sales will go to the charity. This post deals with […]

‘Lifting the Curtain’ presentation – Book Format

January 18, 2015

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In my previous post on presentation strategy I indicated that a book and exhibition to be the most appropriate and effective means of presenting my work. This approach echoes that of Charles Booth when publishing his work and can be used to create a form of presentation that encourages the viewer/reader to engage in a dialogue with […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Still Life @ Pace Gallery, London

January 6, 2015

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I had a chance to make a brief visit to the Sugimoto ‘Still Life’ exhibition at the Pace Gallery in London today. It was most impressive. I have seen three Sugimoto exhibitions now—his landscapes/seascapes in Arles last year, his Architecture photographs at the recent ‘Constructing Worlds’ exhibition at the Barbican and now his Dioramas at […]

Presentation Strategy ‘Lifting the Curtain’

January 2, 2015

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I am in the process of documenting my ideas for presenting ‘Lifting the Curtain’. My aim is to present my proposals to my tutor as Assignment Five for the Your Own Portfolio course. My submission for the assignment will be a document, structured as follows: Overview Strategy for Presentation Exhibition Format Book Format Promotion In this post I […]

Photo Competition: Visual artist Lucia Pizzani and filmmaker David Jackson win Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014

December 19, 2014

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Now in its fifth year, I was delighted to announce the winners of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014 at the gallery last week (11 December) with a short comment on the work, which I have reproduced below. The winners are: Lucia Pizzani for her Impronta series 2013 of ink-jet prints derived from the wet-plate collodion…

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. I decided to carry out both of […]

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 […]

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