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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 […]

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 […]

Assignment Two

April 2, 2014

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After what seems an awful long time I have now completed all the work I planned for Assignment Two and have sent this off to Sharon for feedback. The package I submitted included the following: Critical Review Text My critical review entitled CONTEXT AND MEANING IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY – A COMPARATIVE STUDY. In this I reviewed two […]

Assignment 4: 45 Seconds… – Submission and Feedback

April 12, 2013

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I have now completed my final assignment and received feedback from my tutor. My submission included my 45 Seconds… project, the first version of my reflective account (which I will submit for assessment) and my broad plan for pulling all my work together for assessment. In this post I will focus on the former and […]

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, […]

MUSEUM – Latest Edit

March 24, 2013

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The latest edit of my photographs from the candid portrait series ‘Museum’ is shown in a pdf slideshow below. I have yet to decide what work I will submit for assessment but it is likely that the museum work will have to be left out. Not fully sure about this yet. I will wait until […]

Bettina von Zwehl

February 24, 2013

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I discovered Bettina von Zwehl’s work late in my exploration of ‘Disarming the Pose’, whilst investigating the question of how long exposure times inhibit self conscious posing by the photographic portrait subject.. It is a pity I didn’t ‘discover’ her earlier as much of her photography is highly relevant to my own work. Von Zwehl has […]

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 […]

After Hill & Adamson Portrait Comparison

February 1, 2013

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As I said in the previous post I thought I would make a comparison of the digital ‘smiling’ version of the portrait of Gwen with the 5×4 ‘serious’ film version. Here are the two photographs side by side: So how do I think these images compare. First some general observations. For this portrait I much […]

Rotarians (after Hill & Adamson)

January 31, 2013

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I completed my final shoot for the combined series of portraits of my Rotary club members (after Hill & Adamson) and 45 seconds… It will be a short while before I finish developing the film.  As a thank you for my sitters I have been making a digital portrait at the end of the shoot so […]

Chuck Close – A Couple of Ways of Doing Something

January 30, 2013

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I have just come across some work done by Chuck Close and modern day daguerrotype expert Jerry Spagnoli. They teamed up  to photograph many artist-friends  with Gregory Crewdson, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman amongst them. The resulting daguerrotype portraits are fascinating. The daguerrotype portraits are recorded on polished metal sheets and are quite small at 8×6 inches. […]

Rotarians (after Hill and Adamson)

January 30, 2013

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I’ve been continuing to make portraits of the members of my local Rotary Club, Rotarians (after Hill and Adamson). I have been doing this work alongside my 45 seconds…  project, using the 4×5 camera. The poses are based on those used by Hill and Adamson in their Calotype photographs made  in the mid 1800s. When looking at […]

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. […]

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 […]

Initial Thoughts on Ebony

November 24, 2012

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It is just a few weeks since I took the plunge and decided to start shooting portraits with my 4×5 large format camera. I thought it would be useful to set down my thoughts on my early experiences with the camera as a reference point for future reflection. The Camera First of all a bit […]

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 […]

Assignment 6: Ironman Family

November 8, 2012

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I have once again revisited my Artist’s Statement for my portraits series of friends who compete in ironman triathlon. I have been progressing the work throughout the last year and have now made around 24 portraits. I expect to make a few more before the end of the course but essentially the work now on […]

Large Format Portraiture

November 7, 2012

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I want to start using my Ebony 5×4 camera for portraits. I will probably use it along with digital for the Long Exposure Portraits. This is a test shot I did a while ago…Very plain lighting – just available light…and my poor wife dragged away from painting and decorating. Still I think this approach has […]

Long Exposure Portraits Update

November 7, 2012

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This project is proving the most elusive I have undertaken so far. I have moved my ideas around quite a bit as I have tried things and they have not worked as well as I would have liked. This post sets out my latest thinking as a result of work I have recently undertaken. I […]

Pinhole Self Portraits

October 31, 2012

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I am being very indecisive about the long exposure portrait project! I have now decided to pursue two avenues in parallel. The first will be the portraits of my Rotary colleagues in the style of David Octavius Hill as outlined in the last post. The second is the series of long exposure self portraits which […]

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 […]

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. […]

East End Update

September 25, 2012

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In my spare time I have continued to develop my ideas for a long term project on London’s East End. I have been spending some time in the area getting to know the geography, reading some historical work and dipping into Jack London’s People of the Abyss. This book written in 1903 is about life in the East […]

Long Exposure Portraits of Photographers – David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

September 23, 2012

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The Scottish painter and arts activist David Octavius Hill formed Hill & Adamson studio with the engineer and photographer Robert Adamson between 1843 and 1847 to pioneer many aspects of photography in Scotland. Amongst their subjects were a few that have particular relevance to the history of photography and photographic societies in Edinburgh. I have collected […]

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 […]

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 Latest Thinking and updated Artists Statement

July 30, 2012

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In the light of my developing understanding of this work as documented in my last post on the subject I have updated my artists statement for this work. ‘I am an Ironman’ remains the working title for the work which most likely will now be called ‘Ironman Family’. Artist’s Statement – I am an Ironman (Version […]

‘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 […]

Urban Artists – update on thinking

June 25, 2012

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I have been photographing the group of urban artists based in Bristol for some months. So far I have attended three events. I went into this assignment with a view that I might produce a series of formal portraits of the members of the group using their artwork as a background. As the work has […]

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 […]

Assignment One: Museum – Submission and Feedback

June 7, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Urban Artists – Folkstone Event

April 19, 2012

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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 […]

Follow up on focusing issues with Hasselblad 503cm

April 11, 2012

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I have had a good look again at this issue by examining first whether the camera is focusing accurately and secondly  are the focusing problems down to operator error and in what circumstances does this arise. I was testing using my Hasselblad 503cm, 80mm CF lens and Phase One P45+ digital back. It is not […]