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[(6)] Publicity

July 19, 2014

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I have managed to gain some publicity for the [(6)] exhibition. So far this has included: Big Issue of the North photo and mention of the exhibition: The Photofusion Blog: Printspace Blog:   I am also hoping for an article to be published on the blog of 220 Triathlon magazine….watch this space.    

Bank Street Arts Installation

July 6, 2014

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We spent a full day yesterday in Sheffield installing the [(6)] exhibition. I’ve learned a lot from this experience about setting up an exhibition (methods of fixing photographs and their relative cost and ease of installation), laying out an exhibition space (no substitute for visiting the location, aligning the midpoints of the pictures – 157 cm […]

[(6)] Exhibition dates extended….

July 4, 2014

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Don’t forget to come along to the [(6)] exhibition in Sheffield, if you can. The exhibition is now running from 9th July until 1st August 2014. My I am an Ironman  and Ironman Family photographs will be on show along with excellent work from five other photographers.

Bank Street Arts Exhibition

April 2, 2014

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Things have progressed on the exhibition at Bank Street Arts and it looks like it is going to go ahead from the 9th – 19th July 2014 (and possibly longer until the end of July). We have  a name for the exhibition [(6)] and a website – click on photo below to visit.     We […]

Student Exhibition

February 11, 2014

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I have joined a group of level 3 students at the OCA who are planning to stage an exhibition in June this year at the Bank Street Arts Gallery in Sheffield. At this stage the venue is not confirmed but as I am going to be tied up for a few weeks I thought I […]

Advanced Photography – Assessment Results

July 31, 2013

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The results of the assessment of my Photography 3: Advanced Photography course have now been confirmed and I am very pleased to say that I was given a mark of 80%. I put a huge amount of work into this course, far more than any other that I have done with the OCA and it […]

Assessment Submission

May 11, 2013

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Over the last few weeks I have been very focused on gathering together the work I plan to submit for assessment for my level 3 Advanced Photography course. This has been much more time consuming than I had thought. However, the work is now complete and I have set out in this post the nature […]

Big Issue of the North

May 11, 2013

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My portrait of ‘Abeer’ made with an 8×10 camera during my course at Camberwell College of Art has been published in the Big Issue of the North. Abeer kindly gave me her consent to use the photograph. Here is the clip from the magazine.

45 Seconds… Installation Maquette

April 27, 2013

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In his feedback report on my 45 Seconds… work my tutor Jesse suggested that I try to mock up a maquette of how I might show the work. I have pondered on how to do this and my researches lead me to a simple, free 3d CAD tool offered by Google. The software is called […]

8 Lifeguard Stations, South Beach Miami USA

April 26, 2013

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My wife and I had a few days away in Miami. We used up some air-miles points to take us to the sun! I took along my 4×5 camera with the aim of capturing some architectural shots of the Art Deco buildings in South Beach where we were staying. My plan was to make some […]

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, […]

Large Format Photography Course – Camberwell College of the Arts

March 28, 2013

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I attended a large format course at the Camberwell Art College which is part of the University of the Arts London. My aim was to gain hone my skills with large format and to try out a 10×8 camera.  The course also included some more darkroom developing and printing..another skill I would like to develop. […]

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 […]

The Portrait Photography as Stage Kunsthalle Wien 2009

March 9, 2013

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I have been gathering together more thoughts on influences to my thinking on photographic portraiture. This has involved re-reading some of the books I’ve gathered along the way during the Advanced course. The Portrait Photography As Stage  is the book associated with an exhibition of the same name held at the Kunsthalle in Viena in 2009 […]

Taylor Wessing Portrait Award 2012

March 8, 2013

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I have been to the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award Exhibition each year from the last five years and have always found the experience interesting and intriguing. I believe that my decision to work in the genre of portraiture for my OCA Advanced course may well have been influenced by my enjoyment of this event. This […]

Tom Hunter Study Visit

March 3, 2013

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About 25 students from the OCA had the opportunity yesterday to listen to Tom Hunter speak about his work and to ask him questions. The event was organised by OCA tutor Sharon Boothroyd. I was one of the lucky few to go along. Tom gave a fairly long presentation about his work. He started with […]

OCA Workshop – Large Format Group Shot

February 26, 2013

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This is the version of the group photograph at the Workshop last weekend that I made with the 5×4 view camera. Most people seem to be taking the photograph pretty seriously – so it seems that some gravitas was added to the scene….;-) On a technical level its not a success as the composition is […]

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 […]

Roni Horn

February 25, 2013

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Roni Horn is an American artist who works in a range of media including photography. Her photography has relevance to my own because she makes frequent use of multiple images of her subjects to explore issues of personal identity and how this is (or is not)  represented by the photographic portrait. In You are the Weather Horn’s […]

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 […]

OCA Thames Valley Group Workshop 23rd February 2013

February 23, 2013

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I just got back from a workshop with 8 students from the OCA photography stream. The workshop was lead by OCA tutor Sharon Boothroyd. It was a very useful session. It’s always very stimulating looking at  other people’s work as well as getting feedback on my own. We also spent some time talking about the […]

Lee Friedlander

February 22, 2013

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I wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car (a Hudson) on a clear day. I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on the fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and seventy-eight trees and a million […]

Paul Graham

February 18, 2013

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Paul Graham’s Television Portraits was another reference for my Urban Artists at Work  project. I have commented on this previously here. Graham’s influence on my work has however been much more profound. Graham is a photographer who is impossible to pigeonhole. He is perhaps Britain’s most revered art photographer, but his work has extended to documentary, portraiture and […]

Broomberg and Chanarin

February 17, 2013

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 I came across Adam Broomberg and  Oliver Chanarin’s Trust (Broomberg & Chanarin 2000) whilst researching reference sources for my Urban Artists at Work  series. Trust is relevant to my own work as it is an investigation into ‘absorption’. It is a series of photographs of people emersed in various activities such as video games. I have posted a review […]

Outline Presentation for OCA student workshop on 23rd February

February 14, 2013

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A number of students from OCA Thames Valley Flickr pool are getting together on the 23rd February for an away day….this looks like it will be a fun, interesting and instructive day. I have been asked to give a presentation of about half an hour on my experiences on transitioning from level 2 to level […]

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 […]

Elina Brotherus

February 1, 2013

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I first came across Elina Brotherus’s work when I was researching photographic self portraiture for my I am an Ironman series. Brotherus’s work is well documented on her website (http://www.elinabrotherus.com/news/). She has also recently published a ‘retrospective’ monograph of her work (Brotherus 2012). Much of Brotherus’s early work was made at times when she was going through periods […]

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 […]

Rineke Dijkstra

January 31, 2013

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I have made several previous posts about Rineke Dijkstra – a photographer who has greatly influenced my approach to portraiture. These posts are listed here. Dijkstra is a contemporary Dutch portrait photographer who works with the format of the photographic series. This approach creates opportunities for  typological observation, adding to the fascination of her portraits. Her style […]

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 […]

August Sander

January 29, 2013

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Of all the photographers I have reviewed August Sander is perhaps the one who is most often quoted as an influence by other portrait photographers. Sander was a German photographer working in the early part of the 20th century. In 1929, he published  Face of Our Time (Sander ) which contained around 60 portraits. The book […]

Philip Lorca diCorcia

January 27, 2013

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Philip Lorca DiCorcia was a reference for my Museums work. Specifically I quoted his Streetworks and  Heads series (Simpson 2007, pp 46-63) , both of which are candid portrait series shot in the streets. DiCorcia work stands out from most other candid street portraiture because he used remote flash guns  to illuminate and isolate his subjects. The Heads portraits […]

Seduced by Art

January 25, 2013

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I made it to the National Gallery’s ‘Seduced by Art’ exhibition in its last few days. I am very glad I did. It gave me much food for thought. The exhibition had pretty mixed reviews and seemed to unearth old prejudices about the status of photography as art. The National Gallery is clearly hallowed ground. […]

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. […]

Tom Hunter

January 14, 2013

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Tom Hunter is a British photographer whose work I referenced for my Markets Assignment (see here). He had produced a series of group portraits of local traders/shopkeepers in Hackney, Trading Places which was relevant to my work. Hunter’s work centres on his local environment of Hackney. In his essay which prefaces his new book The Way Home he […]

Walker Evans

January 11, 2013

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Walker Evans was one of my key references for my Museum project. In my supporting text for this work I commented on Evans as follows: “In the late 1930s Walker Evans made candid portraits of people on the New York subway. He later said that the Subway portraits were “[his] idea of what a portrait […]

Influences – 10 key photographers

January 10, 2013

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Following on from the last post I have been reflecting on which photographers have most influenced my work since I began the Advanced course just over a year ago. I have identified 10 photographers who have been very important to my development.  I want to make sure that my blog properly reflects my thoughts these […]

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 […]

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 […]

Klein and Moriyama

January 3, 2013

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I have now been to Tate Modern’s Klein/Moriyama exhibition twice. I have delayed posting my thoughts on the exhibition because I was unsure if I might go again as part of the OCA Study Visit – I am on the waiting list for this. It now seems unlikely that I will be attending the OCA […]

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 […]

Black and White Darkroom Skills

December 2, 2012

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The OCA course structure does not include any darkroom processing skills. It is pretty obvious that this is because the OCA course is structured around distance learning and access to a processing labs would be a major problem. As I have explained previously I am keen to use a large format camera for some of my […]

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 […]