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Anna Fox – OCA Study Group

May 8, 2014


Yesterday I attended an OCA Study Group in the OCA Farnham, where Anna Fox gave a presentation about her photography. Prior to the event, we had been advised to review Anna’s website here and a recent interview she gave published on American Suburb X here. These also serve as a reference point for my thoughts on […]

Critical Review – and the title is….

December 18, 2013


In her feedback on my proposal for a Critical Review my tutor Sharon made the following observation: ‘ I’d like to know from the title what it is about documentary or context and meaning that you would like to compare’. This is an excellent starting point from which to construct the process I will use to […]

Always Follow Ur Dreams!! Latest work and Test Video Format

November 5, 2013


One of the key factors I need to consider with this project is how I will show text along with the images. There are many options. So far in presenting the work I have included the text as a side panel alongside each photograph.  This option is quite common. For example it is the style […]

Scene of the ‘crimes’

November 3, 2013


I thought it would be useful to set out where I am currently planning to make my photographs for ‘Always Follow Ur Dreams!!’ on a map. This is it…. There seems to be an area in the centre around Stepney which I have overlooked. I must have a look around there….

Always Follow etc…Some thoughts on more open ended text

November 2, 2013


Having re-read the last post and also thought about Catherine’s comment I have recast two of the texts. The first concerns racially motivated murders. The text seems to propose that despite memorials such as Altab Ali Park racially motivated murders are still all too commonplace… The second text relates to the National Front and the […]

First Draft of Proposal for Critical Study

October 31, 2013


This post contains the text of the first draft of my proposal for the Critical Review I have to undertake as part of Photography 3: Your Own Portfolio: PROPOSAL FOR CRITICAL REVIEW The Photography 3: Your Own Portfolio course calls for the student to carry out a critical review based on researching a particular photographer […]

YOP Critical Review….lots of indecision

October 26, 2013


In my last post on my plan of work for YOP I suggested a theme for the Critical Review which I have to undertake as part of YOP. My expressed intention was to explore ‘the issue of photographic meaning and how this is influenced by associating an image with other  images and with text as […]

Always Follow Ur Dreams!! – some test image/text combinations

September 8, 2013


I have been feeling my way with this project. I have started by identifying some  events/places where I feel that an image/text combination would provide an interesting reflection on immigration in the London’s East End. I have then conducted desk research for some suitable text. Armed with the text my challenge is then to photograph […]

First of all move me….

July 5, 2013


‘First of all move me, surprise me, rend my heart; make me tremble, weep, shudder; outrage me, delight my eyes afterwards, if you can.’ – Denis Diderot I was watching a BBC programme about the Louvre in Paris and the above quote by the 18th century French philosopher and critic Denis Diderot grabbed my attention. […]

Brighton Biennial

November 9, 2012


Last weekend I attended the OCA study visit to the Brighton Biennial Photo Festival. The event was very well attended with around 25 students, four tutors and Gareth. The theme for this year’s Festival was Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space. The website for the event is here. University of Sussex Gallery We started […]

East End Update

September 25, 2012


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 […]

Photographs published in new OCA Documentary Course

September 18, 2012


I have had two of my photographs published in the course notes for the new OCA Level 2 Documentary course. The first is a street photograph taken in the underground at Piccadilly Circus in London. Shot on film with a Leica M7 and Fuji Neopan 1600. The second is a portrait which is part of […]

Visit to Frankfurt am Main

July 18, 2012


I have just returned from a visit to Frankfurt, where I competed in an Ironman triathlon…the race went as well as I could hope for as I don’t think that I was at peak fitness….too much photography!! (I finished in 12 hours 44 mins) Whilst I was in Frankfurt I had a break from the […]

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’. […]

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 […]