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Interim Crit

Developing my project


Today we had the interim crit and I am amazed at what some people are doing for their projects if they do not succeed within the industry I will be very shocked! I felt very inspired listening to other peoples presentations of what they are working on and where their research has led them so far.

My Project

I presented my project to the group by looking through this blog and opening the discuss to where I was having issues, which is mainly with getting models and explaining the project. I got excellent feed back and feel very positive with my project now.

What’s been suggested


It has been suggested that I define my project more, leaving it so open as anyone with a scar and a story given me a very wide brief and could make it difficult to link the collection. Someone kind of definition is what I need to link the shots and stories.

I have also been given advice to contact local arts schools or modeling agencies to get models.

Another point brought up was that I need to decide if I want posed shots and if so that I need to think about them and document exactly what i want to do before I meet with the models.

It was also suggested that I should record the whole session that I have with the models and then edit it appropriate later, not just for the interview as you never know what interesting sound bit I could get and could use it in my piece.

Overall I think both Paul SMith and Mez Packer (Tutors) liked the project but did want me to develope it further.

Changing the Project


After talking to Mez and Paul I have decided to make the following changes to my project:

  • I am going to focus more on parenthood and birth – I want to show the physical and mental changes that happen to us when we become parents, both good and bad. I feel that this wold take my images to another level, there would be more than just the image. The images will still be accompanied with a sound element which would give an extra element to them.


  • After taking time to think about what kind of models I actually want I have decided to reach out to parents in different ways, I am going to visit mother and baby groups, doctors, hospitals and just talk to people I see. I am also going to reach out to people on the street. I have decided that the best way to do this would be to strike a conversation with people and then get their e-mail address or phone number to tell them more about it.


  • I have also decided I need to do some more research into other artists to give me some inspiration for the shots I want to get. I want to have shots that reveal a range of different influences. I have would like some nudist shots that reveal the changes of having children on the body.


  • I am also going to do some test shots on myself and see what I get as I am exactly the kind of subject I am looking for, a mother who has a very individual experience to having children.


Basically the project I originally proposed has developed from being quite broad and undefined to being more specific. The original concept is still inspired by artist such as Hockey because it is the idea of looking at something a different way and showing it in a different way. During the crit Paul Smith discussed that Diane Arbus had a different view of her subjects than I realised, through all my research on her I did not realised she still saw her subjects as freaks, abnormal and she presented them that way, she did not present them in a sympathetic fashion. I do not want my work to reflect this, it is an amazing thing to bring and nurture life, even if it is hard, testing and difficult at times. I want to show the struggles and consequences but also show that it is worth it.

I am excited about this project because I am dealing with factors that are out of my control, I do not know how willing my subjects will be. I do not know what they will say/tell me about their experiences. THey could say anything and I will need to adapt my project accordingly.


Basic Final Project Ideas….So far




The projects I have completed on this blog so far have not been the best work I will admit to producing, there are a few reasons individually relating to each project that I can account for this but over all time has been a major factor over this term. Making three Artifacts in such a short time as well as thinking them up, researching and experimenting has been a challenge. However coming towards the end of this term I have begun to feel more and more excited with what I can achieve moving forward. I have already started to experiment with my practical work both with photography and moving image and am starting to look towards new direction to research and help develope my ideas.

I have booked a skills audit with my tutor Clifton Stewart on Thursday morning and have been thinking about what I want to discuss with him.

Firstly I need to point out my strength and weaknesses so that together we can figure out what I need form the university and to work on myself to move forward and improve. After having a think today I have decided to suggest the following ways in which I can improve my current work and skills:

1) I need to get training for the photography studio within Ellen Terry building. I have already requested a session with Jonathan Worth to do this but when I cam for the session he had not been able to make time to see me.

2) It would be a real benefit to me to have some more tuition on how to use the cameras available from the loan shop and also AVID the editing software or Final Cut pro if we have that available. I did have sessions in my first year but always worked in groups where another member of the group wanted to do the Editing and filming and I was left with the paper work side of things.

3)Lighting – technically this falls within the first requirement of the studio as thats where I want to look at lighting but must more than that I would like training on specific lighting techniques to improve my photography.


Planning techniques, technical knowledge of cameras, editing software, time – I need to keep to schedules and deadline I set myself.


I am getting better at researching and pulling from different mediums, Photography, experimentation – I always try to give it a go even if I don’t want to.

Way forward:

I am going to present some project Ideas and see if I can get some more avenues for research. I also want to challenge myself keeping trying to work with moving image as other manage it so, so can I.

I don’t want to lose sight of my photography though as it is now a big part of who I am and what and how I want to represent myself.



I also want to talk to Clifton about the project ideas I currently have as I am hoping he can give me some direction in which to aid my research.

1) The first project stems from my experiment with traffic trails and Transport photography (admittedly what I need to focus some research on) but also comes from researching the moving image stuff that can be done with glow in the dark dancing and landscapes of the twilight.

I am interested in following a person around who goes to different cities/towns all over the country and recording his journeys and capture some images of the town/city he goes into at night/dusk. I am interested in the concept we have been discussing in 300MC called Psychogeography which I will upload some research on.

2) Another project I have been thinking about has been inspired by Elinor Curruci and works by other artist I am yet to name on this blog. Recently I experimented with perception when looking at a drip outside my door and the wet paving stones outside my house and was fascinated by how amazing they looked when that was the only attention of the camera/audience. I am interested in looking at the physical changes on a human being in the same way, having a child, having something removed a opperation, short-sighted ness these can all be big changes and imprints on a person and to capture this uniqueness would be a very interesting project.

With both of the above projects these are just initial ideas in my mind, I would like to develope them further, thinking about how to present then but also bring a new level to them and do something another person might not. I have also been thinking heavily about collaboration with others for my final project and do not want to rule that out with the above two ideas. I have recently been in contact with a Music Composition Student and a practicing artist who seem keen to collaborate (the artist with the understanding he can sell his work). I would also like to work with Dancers and possibly theatre students but I am not sure yet and have not contacted anyone about this.



Because of certain personal complications I am trying to think ahead and get somethings already sorted so I have already chosen and booked the exhibition space where I can exhibit my work for the degree show. I have contacted the Herbert Art Gallery and book a Gallery they control called the Glass House which is just a few meters down the road from the Ellen Terry Building. It is an excellent location as it is in the city centre and can be reached by train, bus and foot. It’s not far from parking facilities and I can give out direction easily. The best thing about the gallery though is how it is presented, it is glass so people outside can see into the space and it have ample place to hang work and space within to put other objects that would require floor space. I have found I can rent projectors from the loan shop and am also trying to find out if I can get other equipment from the Graham Sutherland Building which I think I can such a stands etc.


Follow the Passion – Working towards final project

Run Forest Run!!!


I am not going to be running anywhere but the quote illustrates my current thinking and where I am going to be going next. In the moving Forest Gump, the character Forest Gump gets to see, do and be part of amazing things by following his passions, (even thought he himself does not see this), Running, playing Ping Pong and following Jenni the girl of his dreams, basically if you have not see Forest Gump go see it and you will see what I mean.

Basically what I am saying is I enjoyed the spectacle project which involved taking images of fair rides at night, with a slow shutter speed. I have been obsessed with the amazing images I achieved and really enjoyed doing. When doing other research through out my blog posts you should have been able to see a theme of looking at low light work, the recent stop motion animation research I have done started with looking at people dancing with glow sticks attached to them.

I have decided that I want to keep going down this route, keep thinking about low-level even night work with photography and camera work. I am not sure where exactly its going to take me but I am willing to give it a try.

Just looking for ten minutes I have found the following photographers and resources around this theme:

A YouTube Video to illustrate the kind of photography that I am currently inspired by:


Not all the images shown in the slide show are what I am talking about but at the beginning there are a fair few that I really like. From playing around with this type of photography I just want to say it takes a lot of time and effort, waiting and planning to actually get the shot you want, its been done but more can always be done in this field.


Something I really like and have found is this idea of light trails. The following YouTube video shows this brilliantly.


Another way of using this kind of idea, light trails and just glow projects is shown in the following YouTube video, called Spider Walk:

I thought that it was brilliant really different, a way of using the technology in a different way. It also shows a thought into a different genre with this kind of work, people associate spiders with horror and to the dark, which is something I had not previously thought about, possibly I should look at varying the genre of the work I am creating to give a different kind of atmosphere to the pieces I create???


Just incase anyone taking a look at this thinks, whats going on how did she he do that, here is a basic tutorial and then basically elaborate from there!!


I have also been looking at Photographic online Galleries to see what kind of work they have:

This gallery is limited in work but fascinating, his focus on landscapes at night or a dusk is amazing, really inspiring. I just get this sence of calm viewing them. I really want to try out some of the work he has done, not stealing his ideas but gaining influence from them and using the theme to create work I have a growing passion for.

The following Gallery has more images but they take quite a while to load, they vary from the car light images I want to look into and the structures and landscapes at night. Most of the images of structures seem to have their own sources of lighting, like a cathedral would have night spot lights.

One image I really like can be viewed at the following link:


I am really excited to get started and have started taking some images with long exposures at night but am going to do some experimenting with camera work. I have hired out a PDX camera from the media loan shop and am going to try driving round my home town tonight first capturing cars and capturing lights around the car and see where I get with that.



UPDATE….Expanding on idea for Memory


I have been thinking about the Memory project and the obstruction of doing something we have not done before and I have decided upon two things:

1) I am going to use a video camera and create a moving image

2) I want to show or demonstrate a completely different way of looking at a subject.

One thing that I have recently been striving to do is to do is use the camera to see the world from my point of view. From the simple act of trying to just get the camera to reproduce what my eye sees but I have not been successful. I have been talking to a photographer and she has been telling me that a camera can never reproduce what the eye sees.

So I have been trying to do the opposite and use the camera to see what the eye misses, there are hundred of example of this from wildlife photography, sports photography etc, etc. I am also going to try this technique out with a video camera to create moving images along the same line of thinking. I mentioned in a previous blog post that the piece is going to be inspired by how my daughter views christmas, she is 7 months old so I popped some basic research on the bottom of the post about the development of sight in babies. After thinking about how to shoot like this I also started thinking about myself and her future experiences of Christmas. I am short-sighted and as a result always feel I have a slightly different view of the world as a result. I have to choose to put on my glasses to view the world the way others do. The way I view the world without my glasses is similar to when a normal person looks at a person, landscape or light and squints. An artist who I think had  glimpse of this due to cataracts is Monet, I was lucky enough to see his collection for myself in london when I was in secondary school and have been inspired by his master pieces time and time again. One that I particularly like is from his collection made later in life during which he was slowly falling to blindness. My eye sight has got worse as I have gotten older and now it is at the worst it has ever been, if it was not for the brilliant invention of slim line lenses I would be forced to wear very thick lenses so when I look at Monet’s work especially his later years I enjoy someones view of the haze of my vision f the world.

Taking this wonderful inspiration when I started this bog I made a few personal goals the following two I want to focus on for this project:

  • I want to combine mediums, I want to produce  piece of work that combines two or more things like light and sound or photography and moving image or sound moving image and photography etc.


  • I want to do something that challenges me whilst enjoying the work I am doing.

I think that by using moving image I fulfill the obstruction set for the assignment but I also start toward achieving my personal aims as the whole point for me attending university is so that I broaden my skills and confidence so that when I progress into the working world I am not afraid to take on bigger and better opportunities or tasks.

I am unsure of how this will turn out but I am excited to try it out and to expand on a lacking area of skill, camera work and using editing software.



Planing for Power

Power Artefact Plan and Influence


As previously mentioned I’ve changed my thoughts on power and am now following the idea of looking at identity, specifically what we present to others to show our Identity, so in a sence its the power that comes with presenting our identity….however it might work out slightly differently. The reason I say this is because I want to try working like Diane Arbus, I currently feel very inspired by the way in which she approached photography as a posed to someone like Elinor Curucci (featured below) who has stuck close to working with her family and Nan Goulding who did studys of her friends Arbus went out into situations where she must have felt uncomfortable but she was also so curious she needed to see and experience it for herself. 

Carucci LipsAndHair


Image by Nan Golding


I am not discounting the influence Golding and Curruci have on my work as a whole as they have been very influential to a lot of my work within photography, I have previously been experimenting with the techniques of looking closer at subjects and following a situation such as my daughter as she grows and I would evidence both Goldings and Currucis influences within my work. But I want Arbus influence to be seen within this piece of work as I like the idea of studying a subject and getting the one shot that says a lot about the person more than just what is on the surface. 



I have found a subject a female about 28 years old who is a photographer by trade. She is married and has one child a son. She has kindly agreed to let me use her as my subject for this piece of work (experiment – as I am trying out something new and am not confident of what the results will be). I have agreed to meet her today after I had a phone conversation with her about it and have already meet up with her a few times and agreed to do the shoot in the comfort of her own home. 

I have asked her to have three objects to hand that she feels represents her identity as I feel I need a starting point to discuss herself with me. I don’t necessarily want to focus on the objects but on her and get a feel for her personality and how she deals with situations. I feel that people tend to identify more with what type of person you are than what you bring with you. 

I am looking forward to the shoot today and editing the images tonight. I will post up the images and how I think the shoot went. later today


Plan for Artefact

Plan for the Artefact

Power Artefact – planning and ideas

As you can read in the e-mail I sent to the source I contacted I want to produce a sound recording which could be used as a radio or television (with a black screen image possibly of photographes) based on the idea of a missing person.

The reason I have decided to do this kind of project as when researching the idea POWER I felt pulled towards the emotonal aspct of power. Campaigns have drawn upon emotions as a powerful force time and time again. I have already blogged about research into this kind of idea with the youtube posts of simlar heart pulling campagns by organisations such as the NSPCC and Cancer research.

I thought about missing people because with the technology available to us now it is very easy for us to get in contact wit one another where as 10-15 years ago we would have had to set up specific times to contact each other in order to get to a phone to contact specicif people to let them know. I remember the first time I had a mobile phone when I was in secondary school, it was such a relief to have more freedom and be able to contact my parents to let them know I was on my way home or just safe.

I first started thinking about this an decided to talk to my fmaily about it to find out what kind of effects me disapearing would have on them.

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My Mum and myself on my wedding day.


My mother will tell anyone that asks that as a child I was morbid, not generally morbid but interested in the morbid facts of life, like death. I was also facinated i the other how do we tlak to our child subject such as sex, more brothers and sisters etc. So generally I was a little bit of a curiosity nightmere.  When I started talking about this project to her, she spent the first minutes or so takling about me as a child (as above). After this she then started discussing the reactions a Mother would have if she could not get hold of her child. We then talked about diffeent situations because the thoughts I had not thought about were things like the age, the relatioships she or he would have, how long ould it be before she was noticed to be missing. Basically she gave me a lot to think about!!!

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My husband and I on our wedding day at the evening do, I had a few to glases of wine.


My husband and I have been together for 5 1/2 years and married over a year. I wanted to get his point of view on a missing person, on me as a missing person. The great thing about being with a partner is they remember situations you don’t . My husband remind me of a recent event about a month after our daugter was born. I was running late getting into town and had not charged my mobile. I did not leave a note at home because I thought I coud just run into town and get done what I needed to do and then meet my husband from work. The problem was that as I arrived to my husbands work place he drove out of the carpark, not seeing me in his rear view miror. He then drove home to an empty house and panicked. I was in the process of walking home with the shopping and buggy in th heat (mid summer). It might seam strange that my husband panicked but from his position I and his new born litle girl were somewhere else other than where we should be, I was vonerable with a new baby being shattered and well its odviouse how our daughter was vonerable. I remember seeing the relief on my husbands face after getting home. In the time it took me to get home he had frantically been making phone calls, to my Mother, Brother, his Mother anywhere he tought I could have gone.

What I decided

From talkign to two key people in my life who could be in the situation I am proposing it helped me decided the following things:

* I am not going to base the recording on myself ,

*I want to have some realism in it and show modern technology,

* I want there to be a story line to it,

* I want it to happen in a quick amount of time,

* It must be emotionally pulling,

* A police element will be involved but not in the way I was orginall thinking,

* The person missing needs to be slightly mature, possibly early 20’s.

I want to have the sound recording start as if someone is listening to a voicemail (this is meant ot be interepreted in ots of different ways by the audience). I want to have 4 recordings on the voicemail.

1. First call from the mother, concern s a meeting did not happen and called around to friends but none knows where you are

2. Phone call from a service such a library confirming an order ready to collect , to give some normality to the recording and mystry – has this person be abducted kind of errar about it??

3. Phone clal from friend, conserned, contacted by the mother and contacting the person to try and find them,

4. Phone call from Mother, saying she’s calling the police, she can’t get hold of her, pleading wiht her to contact her, anyone!

5. The recording then needs to have a phoen ringing sound and the mother picking up and then a Male man saying he is PC blah Blah and they have found her, and then a MUM and it ends.


UPDATE… Lesbians, Tears and Thought


The scariest thing about that statement is it did, mine anyways. Just to give you some line of reference to me I grew up i a multicultural school in more ways than one! One of my oldest friends is homosexual, a lesbian to be exact she has been since she was about 14, about the second year of high school. We have been friends since about the time she first started to come out and I have seen her with her fair share of girlfriends, all shapes, sizes and personalities. Yet even thought I have seen this world before it still shocks me (when I feel deep down it shouldn’t) when I see a lesbian couple in a cafeteria kissing.

My mind wonders if I saw too men kissing would it strike me as much? In my mind I should not have such a shocked reaction to this kind of sight as I have become accustom to it , but even in my language when I am typing this I know I find it a spectacle in itself. I am left wondering am I trained to think this way by my upbringing, by the culture I live in or is it because of the stigmatisms and stereotypes I have absorbed from the media I have consumed over the last 24 year? In my opinion it is hard to re-write stereotypes in our minds so new ground breaking shows take time to make an impact on what we have already been indoctrinated with.

The following article by Ammonia Pine 4 Me on the website, discusses representations of gays and lesbian characters in popular television, discussing

‘for the number of shows that have homosexual characters, how many of them actually deal with homosexual relationships?’ and how the entertainment industry is an industry; not a business of raising social consciousness, but a business of raising quarterly earnings for shareholders, quoted by Charles Fleming (,

Charles Fleming  teaches entertainment reporting at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.  This article was written in  2001 and does not take into  account major changes such as Broke Back Mountain and the L word but still its got a point, for years the public has been subject to a conservative version of that particular culture leaving us venerable to surprise when we encounter reality. Perhaps why in the article it states that ‘that the media is doing nothing more than reflecting a conservative version of what the audience is telling them it likes.’ is because it is true, we still demand a certain amount of escapism from reality as I have previously blogged I actively search out escapism themed pieces of media finding it easier to digest. But would our acceptance of this culture be an issue if the media did not exert such power of what it feels we are ready for as audiences?? Take a look at the article for yourself and see if you still agree with the overall stereotypes it can be found at:

My above thoughts on this matter lead me to think about my work on spectacle, what do I want my work to reflect, in the same way that I changed my mind several time on what artefact would best show my point of view at the beginning of this blog I have changed my mind on some aspects of my thoughts towards the artefact I am creating. When I saw the couple as mentioned above in the cafe I realised no one else seamed to view it with such interest, they were not tucked away in a corner or making a deliberate display and no one cared, my work should reflect that normality/ignorance can be a spectacle in itself, what the media tells us we accept could be far different from what we actually would accept. Halloween is a prime example of this, on that night I would accept myself walking past a vampire, werewolf or zombie and as nowadays people are more likely to accept a lesbian couple in a cafe.

How I came to be in the cafe in itself has helped me to re-evaluate some of my thinking towards this project, I had been reading a book I recently picked up at a train station on my way into university. I am a judge a book by its cover person, attracted by the covers. I picked up ONLY DAD by ALAN scroll down from the following bit in red if you are about to start reading it and do not want to know a massive part fo the plot.




The book has an unexpected plot twist the wife of the main male character in the book dies, leaving him and his 16 year old Daughter alone. I have read many fo these book s and very few start off with such a pleasantry as this book did, happy families, love, lust and sex but all within the norms of the imaginary idyllic country family life. But then this mans anchor, lover, object of his lust and his entier world dies, so suddenly its horrifcly emotional.




Well I was totally sucked in by the book and distraught, bawling my eyes out on a public train, only when I reach the lecture (late due to train line failures) did I listen to Will Barton discussing spectacle and that it relies heavily on emotion. This did not dawn on me untill nicely tucked up with a diet coke and pizza in a cafe however as my exhausted brain (from the crying) had led me there. I shortly realised this whole book was designed to attack the reader emotionally and not intellectually, perhaps this is why I like it, read the following blog post I was able to agree with some of the fundamental attitudes and arguments that stem from the comments towards late David Foster Wallace’s novel Novel Infinite Jest compared to Guy DeBord work Society of a Spectacle.


This blog post excellently bats DeBour against Wallace’s more modern takes on spectacle(but you don’t need me to tell you, check it out), for example it discuss DeBour as:

‘His main shtick was that, as he says in the very first line of the book, “life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into a representation.” In other words, life is no longer something that we live, but something that we watch, primarily via the medium of TV and other forms of entertainment……….One of DeBord’s problems with a society that plops its fat collective ass in front of the Tube to live life, as opposed to say, actually going out and living life, is that it engenders an insidious passivity. The spectacle demands “passive acceptance;”…………essentially a Marxist whose Marxism was shot through with thick ropey veins of Pynchonian paranoia. DeBord blamed the current state of societal affairs solely on the machinations of the capitalist system and, importantly, those who control it. Or as he put it, “the activities of the world’s owners.” DeBord is interested in power and those who wield it, and he is convinced that powerful are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the rest of us.’

He describes one of Wallis’s fundamental differences in argument against this line of argument as:

‘Wallace’s key insight with regard to DeBordian spectacles is the way that individuals are willingly complicit in their own enslavement. We like having the DeBordian wool pulled over our eyes because its soft and fuzzy and it makes us feel good……as Wallace sees it, is tightly wound around the concepts of freedom and happiness — or, the freedom to pursue happiness at whatever cost. One of the major projects of Infinite Jest, I think, is to show how close we as a society are to taking the pursuits of freedom and happiness to their logically absurd endpoint of mindless masturbatory P-terminal enslavement. DeBord doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge that nobody would be vegging out in front of the TV if it wasn’t hugely compelling to begin with.’

Both these argument gave fuel to what I was already starting to mull around in my head that what I take part in, the vegging out in front of passive consumption television or literature is something I accept into because it makes me happy. As I previously touched upon I can find reality hard to digest so passive intake suites me down to the ground. Why should I have to be intellectually challenged when all I want to do is wind down when I switch on the television or pick up a fiction novel.

I would like my artifact to reflect this way of thinking about the passive intake of society that it is a chosen path. There are millions of things we do not intellectually engage in all around us? People are one of them, we do not analyse every individual we pass in the street, or do we?

So getting to what this blog is actually about and not all the reference I am, making to explain my thought process I am now going to lay down my idea for a stop motion animation involving a pumpkin for the artefact we are supposed to present for spectacle.





Imagine a pumpkin coming alive, it then seams to blend into normal life as if it is not some kind of monstrosity. The idea behind this is derived from other research, see my previous posts and also  the above discussions. Why should this pumpkin man be a spectacle in the world, would he could he not be automatically accepted. One point of the STOPMOTION animation would be about a sean where the pumpkin is walking through a street on seemingly slow motion or the rest of the world in a faster speed to depict an ignorance of society to him being a spectacle.




Step 1. Story board, get what I exactly want this piece to look like. (for example I am thinking about one of the shots looking at an ignorance to the spectacle by depicting a  fast forwarding of the enviroment around the pumpkin man??) 
Step 2. Shoot it, step by step 
Step 3. Photoshop time, get the shots ready for inserting into flash and get all the effects sorted as I do not think I can get one of my friends to actually put on a pumpkin so that might have to be Photoshoped on! 
Step 4. Get it into FLASH 
Step 5. Get sound sorted out. I ant the sound to work well with the animation so might need to think about this in step 1 also.


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