Back to Work

Posted on March 20, 2014

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I have been absent from this blog and productive work on my degree course for around five weeks. My time has been spent on other pursuits – three weeks training hard in Lanzarote for upcoming triathlon races, a few days at home catching up on life, a week in Scotland walking and photographing the landscape and a week of business meetings and socialising with friends and family. I have also been diverted by my preparations for exhibiting photographs both on-line through Source and the upcoming exhibition at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, which has now been confirmed (although the dates have yet to be finalised).

I have rather lost my momentum with YOP and need to get a grip. My main priority for the next few weeks is to get back on track with my Critical Review of Robert Frank and Simon Norfolk. As this has turned out I have struggled to get on with this project. This could be because I have been diverted by other things but I fear it is because the subject matter has not really gripped me… My target date for submission to Sharon my tutor is the end of April, which still looks achievable as things stand today. I should have a fairly uninterrupted run at it over the next six weeks.

The last five weeks has not been entirely devoid of photographic activity. During my stay in Scotland I visited two regions in the Northwest Highlands, the Assynt mountains around Ullapool and the area around Loch Ewe close to Aultbea. I was with a group of committed landscape photographers and thoroughly enjoyed their company and experiencing the grandeur and isolation of the Northwest Highlands.

Once again I found myself lured by the beauty of the natural landscape and I made a number of landscape photographs which have a ‘romantic’ feel to them. As I mentioned in my previous post  Cornwall sojourn…picturesque, sublime, beautiful or just plain idealised… there seems to be little room for this kind of aesthetic in today’s art world… Beautiful images run the risk of being read critically as needless idealisations. For me however the photographs I made  represent not just the beauty, grandeur and isolation of the physical world out there but also my personal experience of the place. I also made a few portraits of my fellow photographers and got to know two women landscape photographers who have kindly agreed to be subjects for my Landscape in Mind  project.

Here are a few of the images that I made:

Stac Pollaidh, Northwest Highlands Scotland

Stac Pollaidh, Northwest Highlands Scotland

Gruinard Bay, Wester Ross Scotland

Gruinard Bay, Wester Ross Scotland

Bruce, Gruinard Bay Wester Ross Scotland March 2014

Bruce, Gruinard Bay Wester Ross Scotland March 2014

 

So my holiday break is over and it is time to get back to work……

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