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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 […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]