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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 […]

Brighton Biennial

November 9, 2012

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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 […]

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 […]

Lee Friedlander – At Work

October 19, 2012

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Born in 1934 Lee Friedlander has been a prolific photographer over the years. He is best known for his photographic documentation of the American social landscape. He has tended to work in long run series, leading to the eventual publication of a book. At Work is one such series. The book lee friedlander at work is a […]

Broomberg and Chanarin – Trust

October 18, 2012

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I have decided to document on this blog the work of photographers who have influenced my own work, as evidenced by my assignments. My intention is to be able to bring these together into my Critical Review text document later in the year. The subject of my next assignments is Urban Artists at Work. This […]

Venice Pinhole Landscapes and Portraits

October 16, 2012

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Whilst in Venice I experimented with my Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera. As I have indicated elsewhere in this blog I am trying to get to know how to use pinhole cameras so that I can use them for my long exposure portrait project. I was a little disappointed with the results from the trip. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Living man declared dead and other chapters

September 21, 2012

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The rather enigmatic title of this post is the name of an exhibition and book by photographer Taryn Simon. Simon currently has an exhibition at MOMA in New York and which I visited on my recent trip. Simon is regarded as the current ‘queen’ of typological studies. She appears to be totally committed to the […]

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 […]

Rineke Dijkstra Exhibition at the Guggenheim New York

September 10, 2012

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I recently passed through New York for a few days whilst visiting the USA. Luckily there is currently an retrospective exhibition of Rineke Dijkstra on show at the Guggenheim. I spent a few hours there looking at her work. It was a great experience as I have studied her work quite a bit during the […]

Thoughts from David Campany and Paul Graham

September 8, 2012

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Its a long time since I have posted to the blog. This should not be taken as inactivity. I have been progressing on a number of fronts simultaneously. My Urban Artists work is now very well advanced. I have had feedback from my tutor on Assignment 3 – I am an Ironman Self Portraits. I […]

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 […]

Bailey’s East End

July 22, 2012

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I went along to the David Bailey exhibition at the Compressor House in Newham. I am working on an idea for a long term project which will be about London’s  East End. I am thinking about using project this for my Level 3 Your Own Portfolio course. Bailey’s exhibition offered the opportunity to see a […]

Visit to Frankfurt am Main

July 18, 2012

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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 […]

‘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 […]

Lanzarote Self Portraits – mini project

June 8, 2012

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Before setting off for my recent trip to Lanzarote my tutor Jesse suggested that I might make a documentary piece of my experiences. He intended that I undertake an autobiographical piece. Sadly I misunderstood his idea and produced a set of photographs based on self portraits. When making the images I had in mind the […]

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 […]

Gillian Wearing – Whitechapel Gallery

May 2, 2012

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I have visited the Gillian Wearing exhibition at the Whitechapel twice. It is a time hungry exhibition with several video pieces which are  quite long. Overall I found the work interesting but only to a point. Much of Wearing’s work is founded upon the same premise which is that the public face is quite often […]

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 […]

Change of Tutor

April 21, 2012

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I have agreed with my tutor that it would probably be the right thing to transfer to another tutor. My current tutor has been extremely busy with changes of job, house moves and other personal matters. Under the circumstances my options were to maintain the status quo and accept that for the moment the turnaround […]

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 […]

Technical issues – I am an Ironman Portraits

April 9, 2012

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I have been using a single light for my ‘I am an Ironman’ portraits – when possible my Elinchrom Quadra with a 1 meter softbox and a speedlight with an Lastolite Ezybox softbox when travelling. The flash is the key light and I am metering off this using a flashmeter. The amount of fill depends […]

I am an Ironman – progress

March 26, 2012

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I have made some good progress with the I am an Ironman series. I have now decided to unify the background using shades/tones of grey. For location work the Lastolite collapsible background seems to work well – although it does have an irritating weave in the cloth which creates lines which are not quite vertical!! […]

Self Portrait Series

March 18, 2012

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I have been continuing with my self portrait series based around the ‘I am an Ironman’ idea. I am producing a portrait series by photographing myself immediately after key workouts in my training schedule. For the photograph I will be wearing the clothing used for the workout. I am following a strict process for producing […]

Second Assignment for my Tutor

March 9, 2012

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The submission of my plan for the Advanced studies constituted my first assignment for the Advanced work. I now need to move on to the next assignment. I had a long discussion about this with Moira Lovell my tutor today. She has encouraged me to focus on one area for the moment and to present […]

Museum

March 6, 2012

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I have been working on the selection and sequencing of my photographs for the Museum portraits. To assist in this process I have pulled my current batch of selects together into a short video slide show. I still have some work to do but this is now getting quite close to my final view. I […]