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Jochen Lempert

April 11, 2014

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I was struck by a recent post that Sharon made on the OCA blog. It is about Jochen Lempert, a photographer who has  been shortlisted for the 2014 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. Click on photograph below to see Sharon’s article. A paragraph at the end of Sharon’s article particularly attracted my attention because of its […]

The handbag question: value and meaning

February 25, 2013

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I’ve just been reading a new book by Lucy Souter called ‘Why Art Photography’ and in it she recounts how she always asks her photography students the same question during her course. The question is ‘What is the difference between an art photograph and a designer handbag?’ (Soutter 2013, Location 179) She says she always gets […]

Thoughts on Landscape Photography

January 22, 2013

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I’ve been looking again at books I read on the Landscape module of the OCA photography degree course. I’ve been getting my mind back into landscape mode for my trip to Scotland in two weeks time. The book I’ve just re-read is the Oxford History of Art Landscape and Western Art. This is a good overview of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding Visual Culture

October 18, 2011

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I have decided to take time to work through the scope of my planned Advance photography studies. In the meantime I will be experimenting with film as can be seen from my recent posts. I have also decided to enrol for the above course which forms part of the Art History subject area at the […]

Landscape Revisited

October 13, 2011

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I have been reading John Blakemore’s classic work Black and White Photography Workshop. Whilst I am unlikely to use the great advice on darkroom practice and traditional printing, the book contains much of interest. I plan to post my thoughts on his ideas after I have seen his retrospective exhibition showing in London – it […]