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Photograph selected for Photofusion Salon 2013

November 6, 2013

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I entered a few photographs from my portrait work for the Photofusion members Salon 2013. I am a member there as I use the darkrooms and scanner. One of my entries has been selected and will be on show there from mid-December for a month along with work by around 90 other photographers. Interestingly the […]

45 Seconds… Installation Maquette

April 27, 2013

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In his feedback report on my 45 Seconds… work my tutor Jesse suggested that I try to mock up a maquette of how I might show the work. I have pondered on how to do this and my researches lead me to a simple, free 3d CAD tool offered by Google. The software is called […]

Urban Artists at Work – final shoot and new version of video

April 5, 2013

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Yesterday I spent the day with a group of artists working on a collective work at Leake Street near Waterloo in London. It was very cold….still warming up. This was my final opportunity to shoot images in time for submitting work for assessment (by the end of May). The painting was in a dark tunnel, […]

The Portrait Photography as Stage Kunsthalle Wien 2009

March 9, 2013

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I have been gathering together more thoughts on influences to my thinking on photographic portraiture. This has involved re-reading some of the books I’ve gathered along the way during the Advanced course. The Portrait Photography As Stage  is the book associated with an exhibition of the same name held at the Kunsthalle in Viena in 2009 […]

Taylor Wessing Portrait Award 2012

March 8, 2013

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I have been to the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award Exhibition each year from the last five years and have always found the experience interesting and intriguing. I believe that my decision to work in the genre of portraiture for my OCA Advanced course may well have been influenced by my enjoyment of this event. This […]

Tom Hunter Study Visit

March 3, 2013

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About 25 students from the OCA had the opportunity yesterday to listen to Tom Hunter speak about his work and to ask him questions. The event was organised by OCA tutor Sharon Boothroyd. I was one of the lucky few to go along. Tom gave a fairly long presentation about his work. He started with […]

OCA Workshop – Large Format Group Shot

February 26, 2013

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This is the version of the group photograph at the Workshop last weekend that I made with the 5×4 view camera. Most people seem to be taking the photograph pretty seriously – so it seems that some gravitas was added to the scene….;-) On a technical level its not a success as the composition is […]

Roni Horn

February 25, 2013

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Roni Horn is an American artist who works in a range of media including photography. Her photography has relevance to my own because she makes frequent use of multiple images of her subjects to explore issues of personal identity and how this is (or is not)  represented by the photographic portrait. In You are the Weather Horn’s […]

OCA Thames Valley Group Workshop 23rd February 2013

February 23, 2013

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I just got back from a workshop with 8 students from the OCA photography stream. The workshop was lead by OCA tutor Sharon Boothroyd. It was a very useful session. It’s always very stimulating looking at  other people’s work as well as getting feedback on my own. We also spent some time talking about the […]

Paul Graham

February 18, 2013

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Paul Graham’s Television Portraits was another reference for my Urban Artists at Work  project. I have commented on this previously here. Graham’s influence on my work has however been much more profound. Graham is a photographer who is impossible to pigeonhole. He is perhaps Britain’s most revered art photographer, but his work has extended to documentary, portraiture and […]

Broomberg and Chanarin

February 17, 2013

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 I came across Adam Broomberg and  Oliver Chanarin’s Trust (Broomberg & Chanarin 2000) whilst researching reference sources for my Urban Artists at Work  series. Trust is relevant to my own work as it is an investigation into ‘absorption’. It is a series of photographs of people emersed in various activities such as video games. I have posted a review […]

Outline Presentation for OCA student workshop on 23rd February

February 14, 2013

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A number of students from OCA Thames Valley Flickr pool are getting together on the 23rd February for an away day….this looks like it will be a fun, interesting and instructive day. I have been asked to give a presentation of about half an hour on my experiences on transitioning from level 2 to level […]

Back from Wester Ross

February 11, 2013

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I’ve just spent the last week up in Scotland getting reacquainted with the landscape. I was on a workshop with about 20 other photographers, most of whom concentrate on landscape work. Amongst them were the well known British photographers Joe Cornish and David Ward. Eddie Ephraums a book publisher was also one of the leaders. […]

Rotarians (after Hill & Adamson)

February 2, 2013

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I have renamed my series of portraits of my local Rotary club members, Rotarians (after Hill & Adamson). This is more specific and avoids unwanted connotations such as football, nightclubs, golf and so on. I have completed 11 portraits….11 is an odd number (both literally and in terms of a project like this)….I think 12 might […]

Elina Brotherus

February 1, 2013

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I first came across Elina Brotherus’s work when I was researching photographic self portraiture for my I am an Ironman series. Brotherus’s work is well documented on her website (http://www.elinabrotherus.com/news/). She has also recently published a ‘retrospective’ monograph of her work (Brotherus 2012). Much of Brotherus’s early work was made at times when she was going through periods […]

Rineke Dijkstra

January 31, 2013

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I have made several previous posts about Rineke Dijkstra – a photographer who has greatly influenced my approach to portraiture. These posts are listed here. Dijkstra is a contemporary Dutch portrait photographer who works with the format of the photographic series. This approach creates opportunities for  typological observation, adding to the fascination of her portraits. Her style […]

August Sander

January 29, 2013

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Of all the photographers I have reviewed August Sander is perhaps the one who is most often quoted as an influence by other portrait photographers. Sander was a German photographer working in the early part of the 20th century. In 1929, he published  Face of Our Time (Sander ) which contained around 60 portraits. The book […]

Philip Lorca diCorcia

January 27, 2013

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Philip Lorca DiCorcia was a reference for my Museums work. Specifically I quoted his Streetworks and  Heads series (Simpson 2007, pp 46-63) , both of which are candid portrait series shot in the streets. DiCorcia work stands out from most other candid street portraiture because he used remote flash guns  to illuminate and isolate his subjects. The Heads portraits […]

Seduced by Art

January 25, 2013

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I made it to the National Gallery’s ‘Seduced by Art’ exhibition in its last few days. I am very glad I did. It gave me much food for thought. The exhibition had pretty mixed reviews and seemed to unearth old prejudices about the status of photography as art. The National Gallery is clearly hallowed ground. […]

45 seconds….

January 19, 2013

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I have been progressing with my diptych portraits of friends and Rotary colleagues as per my previous post here. I have now completed 8 portraits of which I think I may use 6 in my final submission for the assignment. One of the ones I have retained so far is also a possible for exclusion. […]

Tom Hunter

January 14, 2013

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Tom Hunter is a British photographer whose work I referenced for my Markets Assignment (see here). He had produced a series of group portraits of local traders/shopkeepers in Hackney, Trading Places which was relevant to my work. Hunter’s work centres on his local environment of Hackney. In his essay which prefaces his new book The Way Home he […]

Influences – 10 key photographers

January 10, 2013

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Following on from the last post I have been reflecting on which photographers have most influenced my work since I began the Advanced course just over a year ago. I have identified 10 photographers who have been very important to my development.  I want to make sure that my blog properly reflects my thoughts these […]

Portraits in the Landscape

January 9, 2013

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At the beginning of February I am going on a photographic workshop in Scotland. The leaders of the workshop are Joe Cornish, David Ward, Eddie Ephraums and Adrian Hollister. I attended the workshop last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself. A particular highlight was learning about book production from Eddie who is a publisher – we […]

Assignment 6: Ironman Family – Submission and Feedback

January 7, 2013

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Just before Xmas, I completed my selections of photographs for this long standing project, prepared my accompanying text and sent these off to Jesse Alexander my tutor for his feedback. “Ironman Family”  is a series of portraits of  friends who compete in the endurance sport Ironman Triathlon. My idea was to document this group of people […]

Long Exposure Portraits – Update

December 16, 2012

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In my last post on this project, here,  I had outlined an approach for making pairs of portrait photographs of a group of Rotary colleagues where the exposures in each were to be around 45 seconds and the diptych presentation would allow the viewer to compare the two poses. The idea was to explore Walter […]

Final Cut Pro X

December 2, 2012

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I have been using video as a medium for showing some of my work. Specifically I have made two videos which will very probably form part of my submission for the assessment at level 3. So far I had made the videos using the Export Slideshow facility of Adobe Lightroom. This works very well but […]

Long Exposure Portraits – Further thinking

November 10, 2012

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I have been making some excellent progress with this project. I have now signed up 12 ‘models’ from my Rotary Club. I will be scheduling sittings in my home studio in four/five afternoon sessions over the next four weeks. I hope to finalise the schedule by the end of next week. I really only need […]

Long Exposure Portraits – Further Thinking

October 26, 2012

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I have been developing my ideas on this project which I need to work on over the coming three months. I have decided to do a series of portraits in line with the ideas expressed in my previous post here. The portraits will be modern day takes on the portraits made by Hill and Adamson. […]

Paul Graham – Television Portraits

October 25, 2012

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Paul Graham is a highly influential British photographer whose work spans a wide range of work. His work has never settled into a niche. He has always seemed be able to move on. His books A1 – the Great North Road, Troubled Land, and New Europe  are likely to be significant influences on my East End […]

Lee Friedlander – At Work

October 19, 2012

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Born in 1934 Lee Friedlander has been a prolific photographer over the years. He is best known for his photographic documentation of the American social landscape. He has tended to work in long run series, leading to the eventual publication of a book. At Work is one such series. The book lee friedlander at work is a […]

Broomberg and Chanarin – Trust

October 18, 2012

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I have decided to document on this blog the work of photographers who have influenced my own work, as evidenced by my assignments. My intention is to be able to bring these together into my Critical Review text document later in the year. The subject of my next assignments is Urban Artists at Work. This […]

Critical Review – outline of intention and photographers/work to be reviewed

September 27, 2012

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As part of my Advanced studies I have to prepare a critical studies text within my chosen genre – in my case portraiture. The exact description of the work in my  Advanced Learning Contract is as follows: “Contextual Studies Text: 2 – 3000 words, illustrated and fully referenced.  Define the areas of interest for your […]

Assignment 3: I am an Ironman Self Portraits – Feedback

September 27, 2012

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A few weeks ago I received feedback from Jesse on the above assignment. I outlined the nature of my submission in a previous post.  This is my report on his comments and my learning points. Jesse felt that the work was strong and rigorous(!) – his exclamation mark, and that it is fairly well resolved. […]

A Living man declared dead and other chapters

September 21, 2012

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The rather enigmatic title of this post is the name of an exhibition and book by photographer Taryn Simon. Simon currently has an exhibition at MOMA in New York and which I visited on my recent trip. Simon is regarded as the current ‘queen’ of typological studies. She appears to be totally committed to the […]

Long Exposure Portraits Comparison – re-edit

September 18, 2012

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Following Vicki’s comments on the previous images I have re-worked the post processing for the ‘normal’ images. I have now used some motion blur to simulate the effect of the Pinhole lens. In fact with the pinhole the blurriness will come from both lens diffraction and movement of the subject. But this now seems a […]

Long Exposure Portraits comparison of different poses

September 18, 2012

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I have been experimenting further with this idea. I have been examining the effect that long exposures have by making a series of self portraits. These portraits show a range of expressions which I have called stare, reflect, smile and read. For each, I kept the framing the same and midway through each long exposure […]

Long Exposure Portraits – Using digital back with Hasselblad and pinhole lens

September 15, 2012

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I have figured out a way to use the Hasselblad with my digital back to make the photographs for this series. Really I would like to do it on film but the turnaround time is very slow. I have enrolled on a course at the CityLit which is in November to learn more about processing […]

Long Exposure Portraits

September 14, 2012

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The procedure itself caused the subject to focus his whole life in the moment rather than hurrying on past it: during the considerable period of the exposure the subject as it were grew into the picture, in the sharpest contrast with appearances in a snapshot… This is a quotation from Walter Benjamin’s Essay A Short […]

I am an Ironman Self Portraits – Big Issue of the North

September 13, 2012

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A triptych of photographs from my I am an Ironman self portraits has been published in the Big Issue of the North. This came as a bit of a surprise as I had though the work would be a little too  esoteric for such a publication….anyway here it is… Many thanks to Eileen who pointed […]

Long Exposure Portraits and Pinhole

September 12, 2012

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I got my pinhole attachment for my Hasselblad a couple of days ago, so I thought I would wander out into our local woodland Burnham Beeches to try things out. I also thought it would be an opportunity to try some long exposure self portraits. I learned a number of important lessons. First, the pinhole […]

Assignment 3 – I am an Ironman Self Portraits – Submission

August 16, 2012

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I have now submitted this work to my tutor. I must say that I very unsure of what his comments will be. The work is a little more experimental than  I have normally have presented. That said to establish one’s  voice as a photographer I think one has to take some risks… A pdf file […]

‘I am an Ironman’ Self Portraits – Progress

July 1, 2012

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I  have been continuing to work on this series. Recently I have completed a set which I am thinking of as a set which represents me ‘Ready to race’. I have a race coming up in Frankfurt one week today. At its heart this work is an autobiographical piece about what its like to train […]

Barthes on Portraiture

June 29, 2012

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I have been questioning what I am trying to achieve with my self portraiture assignment. Earlier today I came  across this quotation from Roland Barthes. “The PORTRAIT-PHOTOGRAPH is a closed field of forces. Four image-repertoires intersect here, oppose and distort each other. In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I […]

Urban Artists Book Idea Mock-up

June 28, 2012

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I have put together the further development of the idea of a book of my work with the Urban Artists, but this time in black and white. The images are not my final selections and the photo edits are rough at this stage but I think it has potential. The black and white treatment seems […]

Assignment Two: Market – Feedback

June 27, 2012

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I have now received my feedback from my tutor Jesse on my second assignment. As per last time it was very constructive. We held a telephone conference first of all which allowed interaction and then Jesse documented what was discussed. The assignment in question was my MARKET series which are a set of portraits of […]

Looking towards Assignment Three

June 25, 2012

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Assignment three is intended to be a series of self portraits. I must say after the reception of my self portraiture work in Lanzarote, I am a little apprehensive about this project. I started the work some time ago and have posted some of the images on this blog previously. I plan to continue with […]

Assignment Two: Market – Submission and Update on Learning Contract

June 24, 2012

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I have just submitted my second assignment to my tutor in line with my Learning Contract, the details of which I now realise I  have not posted to this blog. The contract sets out seven key deliverables. The first is the Learning Contract itself. The following six are specific assignments – five collections of photographs […]

MUSEUM

June 22, 2012

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I was encouraged by both tutors who assessed my Museum photographs to continue with the work. This I have been doing and plan to continue. I have decided to periodically post my latest edit to the blog to keep track on the development (and perhaps get some feedback). Based on my tutor’s comments and my […]