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New Work…at last

October 7, 2015


I have been very busy with my upcoming exhibition of Lifting the Curtain at Town House Spitalfields. Opening is next week and I am getting nervous. I think I will be fine once I have installed the work. Everything is ready to go. The framed prints and catalogue looks great. Apart from the opening night […]

Women and Landscape – Update

November 22, 2013


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. […]

That’s not really me!

June 14, 2013


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 […]

Women and Landscape

May 29, 2013


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 […]

Roni Horn

February 25, 2013


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 […]

Back from Wester Ross

February 11, 2013


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. […]

I am an Ironman Latest Thinking and updated Artists Statement

July 30, 2012


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 […]

‘I am an Ironman’ Self Portraits – Progress

July 1, 2012


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 […]

Urban Artists Book Idea Mock-up

June 28, 2012


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


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 […]

Assignment Two: Market – Submission and Update on Learning Contract

June 24, 2012


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 […]


June 22, 2012


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


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 […]

I am an Ironman update

June 6, 2012


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 […]

Urban Artists – Book Mock up

April 21, 2012


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


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


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 […]

Technical issues – I am an Ironman Portraits

April 9, 2012


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 […]

Self Portrait Series

March 18, 2012


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 […]


March 6, 2012


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 […]

Revisit of Urban Artists

March 2, 2012


I had another look at the Urban Artists photos from the other day to see if on reflection my view of the photographs remains the same. There are a number of lessons to be learned: There are too many action shots….great for the guys but not so great for a portrait series I think I […]

Urban Artist Series

February 29, 2012


I have made my first contact with the Bristol based urban artists group of whom I hope to do a portrait series. My nephew Keith is one of the group. They were  painting a mural on the walls of a barbershop ‘Floyds’ in the Horfield district of Bristol. The guys had been hard at work […]

Feedback from Tutor on Workplan for Advanced Course

February 24, 2012


I have now had feedback from Moira Lovell my tutor on my proposals for the programme of study for the Advanced course. Broadly Moira is happy with my chosen genre of Portraits in Series with my I am an Ironman project being the centrepiece of my portfolio of work. The principle objectives of the Advanced module are pretty […]

Museum Portraits

February 2, 2012


I have been continuing with my candid portrait series of people viewing exhibits in Museums. Walker Evans’ ‘Subway’ photographs; Harry Callaghan’s portraits of women lost in thought on the streets of Chicago, and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia’s Heads are all precedents for this type of candid portrait series. see ‘(people) In Series, In Sequence’ and Exposed – Voyeurism, […]

Reflections on I am an Ironman Hawaii Portraits

January 26, 2012


I am just back from Hawaii where I succeeded in capturing two portraits for my ‘I am an Ironman’ portfolio. The process was far more difficult than I had anticipated. The main difficulty was finding suitable locations for the shoot which provide the neutral background I am looking for. Whilst traveling I will not be […]

I am an Ironman Portraits

January 14, 2012


I am over in Hawaii and had hoped to complete two or three portraits for the ‘I am an Ironman’ project. Here are the portraits of my good friends Al Denbleyker and Tricia Totten who are from Houston in Texas. The photographs was made at their house in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Kona is the location […]

Real Venice

December 14, 2011


I am a little annoyed….I missed the Real Venice Exhibition at Somerset House. The exhibition showed the work of some of my favourite photographers including Nan Goldin, Candida Hofer, and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia. I have had a good look at the catalogue and perhaps not surprisingly I was most impressed by the work of  Hiroshi Watanabe […]

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’. […]

Medium Format Film Tests

December 9, 2011


I have been testing out my new Fuji 670 medium format camera. This camera has a retro look with a collapsible bellows – a fixed lens of around 45mm (35mm equivalent). It is very light at around 1 kg and because it collapsed it is very compact. It shoots both 6×6 and 6×7 frames. I […]

Past Exhibition Tate Modern – Cruel and Tender

November 27, 2011


I came across this article whilst reading an article by David Bate  After Postmodernism? . Bate is responsible for the Photography Studies programme at Westminster University. In this essay he argues that Post Modernism with its inter-textual referencing and ‘genre-switching’ …where one genre of photography is switched for another one…(usually a genre regarded as most irrelevant, indifferent or […]

True Men – Brian Shumway

November 27, 2011


I came across the work of Brian Shumway on the Burn Magazine website. here    Brian’s practice includes a number of portraiture series. The series featured in Burn is entitled True Men. Shumway’s Artist’s Statement for this work states… Gender can be a perplexing thing. Despite being flexible and malleable, it defines and confines who […]

My Current thinking on Advanced Studies and the photography of Vanessa Winship

November 23, 2011


At the same time as pursuing the Understanding Visual Culture course, making some photographic trips and learning to use my large format Ebony camera, I have still been researching and thinking about my future Advanced studies. Indeed the more I have thought about this, the more I have become convinced that I want to focus […]

Paul Graham Television Portraits

August 31, 2011


I wonder if my selection of portrait photographers for review listed in my previous post – Dijkstra, Avedon, Struth et al – is setting me down a track for my Ironman portraits which is predetermined. Most of these photographers have adopted a strictly formal approach to their portrait series – same pose, same crop, similar […]

Rineke Dijkstra

August 14, 2011


I have been thinking for some time about what area of study I should decide on for my Open College of the Arts Level 3 Advance course. In this module I will have to: Design an extended programme of personal study in discussion with your tutor Produce a strong portfolio of photography in your chosen […]