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East End – facts and narratives

November 24, 2013

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I have trying to figure out why certain of the image/text combinations for the East End project seem to work and others do not. In writing my proposal for a major project (see here) I realised that the work is in effect reflects on the history of immigration in the East End through a series […]

Project nine change

November 23, 2013

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I have been revisiting the contact sheets for my Women and Landscape photographs. I was struck by the subtle differences in the poses of the four women I have photographed so far and I wondered if this arose because of my editing or because how I and my subject interacted on the day. In project […]

Women and Landscape – Update

November 22, 2013

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The portraits I  have made so far are shown below. From top left clockwise, Catherine Banks at Horsell Common Surrey, Gill Golding at Woolwich Arsenal London, Paddy Howe in the Blackdown Hills Devon and Rebecca Hughes at Loch Maree Wester Ross Scotland. All of these photographs were made with a Ebony SW45, 150mm lens and Kodak Portra 400. […]

Major Project Proposal

November 19, 2013

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For assignment one of Your Own Portfolio I am required to submit a brief project proposal for my major project on a single page of A4. Below is my first draft…work still to do: Aims of the project  My aim is to explore the history of immigration in London’s East End. I plan to do […]

Self Doubt and ‘Umbra Sumus’…

November 18, 2013

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I have been thinking a lot about how I want viewers to respond to my East End work. At the moment I’m very concerned that it is coming over as a travelog or worse still a tourist brochure…this place is where this event took place and so on. This is absolutely NOT what I’m aiming […]

East End Work – Texts, copyright and books

November 15, 2013

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I have been quoting texts from work by other authors to set alongside my images for the Always Follow Ur Dreams!! In fact, I have been considering whether to use only quotations rather than text I have written. I thought it would be wise to check on copyright restrictions and how this might affect my […]

YOP – taking stock

November 11, 2013

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The latest set of images and texts are included in a pdf file. Just click on the photograph below: The frustrating thing about distance learning is that you long to be able to present your work in a seminar so that others can critically appraise it…..blog posts will have to do, but I hope to […]

Early Morning Shoot Spitalfields and Whitechapel

November 9, 2013

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My idea for the urban landscapes for Always Follow Ur Dreams!! is to shoot urban scenes without people. People immediately attract a viewer’s attention and I want to avoid this. Rather I want the viewer to take the ideas put forward in the text and project these into the photograph. This is easier said than […]

Antique Black and White Version of Video

November 5, 2013

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One of the projects I have to complete for YOP concerns using Photoshop’s channel mixer to alter the mood of a digital black and white image. I plan to use some images from my East End work for this project. However, rather than randomly playing with the colour sliders on the channel mixer I have […]

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

November 5, 2013

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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

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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

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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 […]

Always Follow Ur Dreams!! – More texts

November 2, 2013

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I have been researching the history of immigration in the East End with a view to finding texts which direct me towards possible images for this project. This rather turns my normal approach upside down – I usually make the photographs and then think about the captions. I am not simply looking for captions in […]

First Draft of Proposal for Critical Study

October 31, 2013

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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 – Plan of Study

October 31, 2013

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I prepared an outline plan of study or Learning Contract for discussion with my tutor Sharon. We discussed this the other day and this post sets out my plan of action as agreed with Sharon. Having recently completed the Advanced module that is in effect an open book my initial reaction to the course notes […]

YOP Critical Review….lots of indecision

October 26, 2013

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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 […]

Another Hawaii

October 16, 2013

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I have just returned from a holiday in Hawaii. The trip was not meant to be a major photographic expedition, but I could not resist the temptation to take a camera with me. I travelled light taking my Leica M9 with 35, 50 and 75 mm lenses. I had no particular project in mind before I […]

Place of Memories…video version with ambient sound

October 8, 2013

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I have made a second version of this video with ambient sound from a jungle location…better still would have been to record the sounds at the place itself but I did not have the time nor the equipment to do this well. I think I prefer this version. Click on the photograph below to see […]

Always follow ur dreams! More work

September 21, 2013

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I spent a day in London yesterday. My aim was to reconnoitre some locations for images I have in mind and possibly to capture one or maybe two ‘keepers’…. My first port of call was the Limehouse Basin and Regents canal. I wanted to consider whether a view of this former dock might produce a […]

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

September 8, 2013

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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 […]

Ideas for YOP

August 26, 2013

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I have not posted for a while but have been quietly thinking about how I will take forward my work on my final course Photography 3: Your Own Porfolio. The course is more structured than the Advanced module. I will be required to undertake a number of projects, a written critical review and a major […]

Les Rencontres Arles Photography 2013 – Part Two

August 1, 2013

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This is my second post setting out my thoughts on my trip to Arles. The previous post is here. I indicated this post will cover my impressions of Pieter Hugo, Marion Gronier, John Davies, Wolfgang Tilmans and Gordon Parks along with my thoughts on the nominees for the 2013 Discovery Award. Pieter Hugo – There’s […]

Les Rencontres Arles Photography 2013 – Part One

July 13, 2013

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I’ve just got back from a visit to the south of France. The trip combined a short family holiday with a trip to Arles to see some of the photography on offer at the Les Rencontres Arles Photography 2013 (LRAP13). This post is the first of two setting out my thoughts on what I found […]

That’s not really me!

June 14, 2013

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I have been developing an idea for a new project for YOP. I find that I need to set down my thoughts in writing and by constantly revisiting the text I can start to move towards resolution. The project will explore the ‘What  do I look like ? dimension within my broader theme of ‘Realism […]

Reality and the Photographic Portrait

June 13, 2013

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‘Reality and the Photographic Portrait’ is the title of my final essay for my Understanding Visual Culture course (UVC). This assignment is intended to explore issues surrounding the ‘real’ in contemporary society. I decided to analyse these issues with reference to photographic portraiture. The title of the essay is  also the theme I plan to […]

Women and Landscape

May 29, 2013

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I have started to think about what I plan to focus on during my YOP course. I have made a significant investment in Portraiture during the Advanced module and there is lots more to learn and explore. I plan to continue to work in this genre for YOP. I am currently finishing off my Understanding […]

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 […]

Portraits in the Landscape

February 19, 2013

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I’ve just got back my developed film from the trip to Wester Ross. I made several portraits with the 4×5 using Kodak Portra 400. The film is a lacks punch in the dull conditions and seems to have a blue cast. I clearly need to search for more interesting light!! However, that said this was […]

Back from Wester Ross

February 11, 2013

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I’ve just spent the last week up in Scotland getting reacquainted with the landscape. I was on a workshop with about 20 other photographers, most of whom concentrate on landscape work. Amongst them were the well known British photographers Joe Cornish and David Ward. Eddie Ephraums a book publisher was also one of the leaders. […]

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 […]

Thoughts on the cultural significance of landscape

January 14, 2013

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I have yet to enrol for Photography Your Own Portfolio which would be my last module on the OCA degree course. I expect to do so in a few months time and hope to complete the course by the middle of next year. Through research and reading I’ve been gathering ideas which could be of […]

East End London – some images for discussion at OCA Brighton event

October 24, 2012

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I plan to sign up for my second level 3 course in the new year. I have been continuing to scope out the nature of a major project for this course based on London’s East End. I have been carrying out some exploratory photography in different areas of the East End to clarify my thinking […]