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Lanzarote Self Portraits – mini project

June 8, 2012


Before setting off for my recent trip to Lanzarote my tutor Jesse suggested that I might make a documentary piece of my experiences. He intended that I undertake an autobiographical piece. Sadly I misunderstood his idea and produced a set of photographs based on self portraits. When making the images I had in mind the […]

Assignment One: Museum – Submission and Feedback

June 7, 2012


I have now had feedback on Assignment One Museum Portraits. As this work was submitted to both my outgoing and incoming tutors I received feedback from both – quite a bonus! I will cover Moira Lovell’s feedback first. Moira’s comments were penetrating and questioning as has been my experience with her in the past – a […]

I am an Ironman update

June 6, 2012


I made some good progress with this project over the last month. I have been away for most of May and so blogging has taken a back seat. This does not mean that I have been standing still – I have been working on several projects in parallel. Whilst I was away in Lanzarote I […]

Urban Artists – Book Mock up

April 21, 2012


I’ve given a little more thought to the form of my proposed book on the Urban Artists. It also gave me an opportunity to try out the Lightroom 4 book module. After a lot of blundering around I managed to pull something together. This will work as an ‘aunt sally’ from which I can share […]

Urban Artists another take

April 21, 2012


Looking at the last contact sheets for the Urban Artists posted in the last post I think there are too many photographs….could be wrong and I will keep an open mind for the moment. I am wondering if each chapter should include just one photograph (the best photograph) for each of the artists with a […]

Urban Artists Series

April 21, 2012


I have been thinking through how I might complete this series of work. To begin with I saw it as another series of portraits of artists. After shooting two events I am now thinking more in terms of presenting the work as a diary of events for the group of artists with the final output […]

Change of Tutor

April 21, 2012


I have agreed with my tutor that it would probably be the right thing to transfer to another tutor. My current tutor has been extremely busy with changes of job, house moves and other personal matters. Under the circumstances my options were to maintain the status quo and accept that for the moment the turnaround […]

Urban Artists – Folkstone Event

April 19, 2012


I made a trip yesterday to photograph an exhibition by the group of Urban Artists who I have been working with. The five artists were finishing up the work which had been specially commissioned for the exhibition and setting out this work alongside some of their own artworks for the exhibition. I will be posting […]

I am an Ironman – progress

March 26, 2012


I have made some good progress with the I am an Ironman series. I have now decided to unify the background using shades/tones of grey. For location work the Lastolite collapsible background seems to work well – although it does have an irritating weave in the cloth which creates lines which are not quite vertical!! […]

Second Assignment for my Tutor

March 9, 2012


The submission of my plan for the Advanced studies constituted my first assignment for the Advanced work. I now need to move on to the next assignment. I had a long discussion about this with Moira Lovell my tutor today. She has encouraged me to focus on one area for the moment and to present […]


March 6, 2012


I have been working on the selection and sequencing of my photographs for the Museum portraits. To assist in this process I have pulled my current batch of selects together into a short video slide show. I still have some work to do but this is now getting quite close to my final view. I […]

Revisit of Urban Artists

March 2, 2012


I had another look at the Urban Artists photos from the other day to see if on reflection my view of the photographs remains the same. There are a number of lessons to be learned: There are too many action shots….great for the guys but not so great for a portrait series I think I […]

Urban Artist Series

February 29, 2012


I have made my first contact with the Bristol based urban artists group of whom I hope to do a portrait series. My nephew Keith is one of the group. They were  painting a mural on the walls of a barbershop ‘Floyds’ in the Horfield district of Bristol. The guys had been hard at work […]

“I am an Ironman” Self Portrait Project

February 26, 2012


I have been thinking about this project and will probably try a few different alternatives to see how the photographs shape up. My first thought is that this might be an extension of the main ‘I am an Ironman’ project. I would make a series of portraits of myself immediately after key workouts during my […]

Museum Portraits Update

February 25, 2012


I have continued to work on my Museums project, which is a series of candid portraits of people looking at exhibits in London’s museums. The idea is to capture people in moments of reverie whilst gazing at exhibits. My aim is to make photographs which are sympathetic to the subjects whilst capturing the engagement between […]

East End London Series

February 24, 2012


I started working on shooting street scenes from London’s East End as a means of getting used to my new 120 film camera. I liked some of the images and I’m now putting together a short series. I began by just shooting without a clear view of how the photographs might work together. I still […]

Feedback from Tutor on Workplan for Advanced Course

February 24, 2012


I have now had feedback from Moira Lovell my tutor on my proposals for the programme of study for the Advanced course. Broadly Moira is happy with my chosen genre of Portraits in Series with my I am an Ironman project being the centrepiece of my portfolio of work. The principle objectives of the Advanced module are pretty […]

Self Portrait – I am an Ironman

February 10, 2012


I have just made a self portrait to be included in the ‘I am an Ironman’ series. It is interesting making self portraits. One puts oneself in the position of the subject, so that all the uncertainties that this entails are experienced personally by the photographer. My subjects often ask me what I want them […]

Reflections on I am an Ironman Hawaii Portraits

January 26, 2012


I am just back from Hawaii where I succeeded in capturing two portraits for my ‘I am an Ironman’ portfolio. The process was far more difficult than I had anticipated. The main difficulty was finding suitable locations for the shoot which provide the neutral background I am looking for. Whilst traveling I will not be […]

Museum Portraits

December 11, 2011


I have been working on a further idea for a portrait series. The concept is to capture portraits of people whilst they are viewing exhibits at Museums. Whilst engaged in looking at objects the subjects will be absorbed in their own thoughts about what they are seeing. The will not be putting on a ‘mask’. […]

Medium Format Film Tests

December 9, 2011


I have been testing out my new Fuji 670 medium format camera. This camera has a retro look with a collapsible bellows – a fixed lens of around 45mm (35mm equivalent). It is very light at around 1 kg and because it collapsed it is very compact. It shoots both 6×6 and 6×7 frames. I […]

Enrollment for Advanced Photography Course

December 4, 2011


A few days ago I enrolled for the Level 3 Advance course in photography. I have been busy preparing and sending off some initial ideas to my tutor Moira Lovell. Moira was my tutor for the Progressing with Digital level 2 course and I found her input very useful. It will be interesting to see […]

I am an Ironman – second draft Artist’s Statement

November 28, 2011


I will keep reviewing my Artist’s Statement for this work as I assimilate information from my research. I have the sense that the original draft did not accurately reflect the documentary nature of the work. Ironman has a tangible visible form represented by the physical shape, clothing, hairstyles, tattoos etc of the athletes. My aim […]

True Men – Brian Shumway

November 27, 2011


I came across the work of Brian Shumway on the Burn Magazine website. here    Brian’s practice includes a number of portraiture series. The series featured in Burn is entitled True Men. Shumway’s Artist’s Statement for this work states… Gender can be a perplexing thing. Despite being flexible and malleable, it defines and confines who […]

Advanced Studies Initial Concept and Aesthetic/Practical Considerations

November 25, 2011


I realise that I need to take a decision on the subject for my Advanced studies. I believe now that I can proceed with the Advanced work in parallel with Understanding Visual Culture. My main subject area will be Portraits in Series. I will undertake a critical review of the genre and conduct several projects […]

My Current thinking on Advanced Studies and the photography of Vanessa Winship

November 23, 2011


At the same time as pursuing the Understanding Visual Culture course, making some photographic trips and learning to use my large format Ebony camera, I have still been researching and thinking about my future Advanced studies. Indeed the more I have thought about this, the more I have become convinced that I want to focus […]

Rineke Dijkstra

August 14, 2011


I have been thinking for some time about what area of study I should decide on for my Open College of the Arts Level 3 Advance course. In this module I will have to: Design an extended programme of personal study in discussion with your tutor Produce a strong portfolio of photography in your chosen […]