Archive for the 'Research' Category

26
May
10

Rosanne Olson

NEW RESEARCH

 

Since making the decision to develope this project furtherI have taken some time to do some more research. I wanted to get more inspiration and look again at artists but also take some time to think about other artists who contribute to modern art culture.

Rosanne Olson

http://www.bodyimagebook.com/bodyimagebook.pdf

Rosanne Olson – an inspiring women who has created amazing work.

 

The above link is an exert from her book called ‘this is who I am’. It is an amazing book, I found it in the local library and have renewed it many times and am sure I will unill this project is over. It is a combination of amazing photography and thoguht provoking essays which I assum are by the subjects of the subjects. The book is al about how we see our bodies and the stories surrounding our thoughts towards their bodies. What spoke out to me the moment I looked through the book was that these women were beautiful but then I ws in the gym the other day I did not have the same thought about myself or some of the other women their. I have had two children and my stomach is not flat like it used to be and their are now marks where the smooth skin used to be is all I could see. I sitll have a long way to go to see myself beautiful but I don’t have half the problems some women do which is why this book is therapy/art and pure emotion. ITs VERY inspiring!!!!

 

The above two images are images from the book.. if you think this is amazing you must see the book, the way she has captured the subjects is amazing. Looking also at Olson’s blog it was clear this book is a labour of love this book meant a lot to her, it was meant as more than just a piece of work, she has amazing passion for her cause.

I decided that I could benfit form some advice form her so I decided to ask her, by e-mailing her and we will see if we get a respnce:

Dear Rosanne Olson,
 
I am a mother, a student, a wife and a job seeker. Currently I am coming towards the end of my final project for my degree. The project is a photography project, it currently under development as it started out at me looking at peoples scars and body image when dealing with something that’s different like port wise stains, odd moles operation scars etc. After some advice from a lecturer I have developed it to the point now that its more specific, it is focusing on the physical and mental changes after having children – it developed into this because of the physical changes that happen to the body during and after pregnancy.
 
Your work on the book ‘this is who I am’ is one of my biggest inspirations because of the relationship of the images and the text, the emotional content and the sheer beauty of the photography. I would love to ask you a few questions if you would not mind giving me some advice?
 

 
Did you interview your subjects, the do the shoot and then write up part of the conversation or did you get them to write something in response to the images?
 
How did you put your subjects at ease when shooting in situations where they might have felt uncomfortable?
 
How did you get your subjects in the first place?
 
 
 
Thank you for any answers you feel able to give i responce to these questions. I do have a blog that I am writing up following this project but I am pretty behind and most of it is in draft but this is the link anyway:
 
https://charliegunnmediaproductionjournal.wordpress.com/
 
 
Again even if you can’t help thank you

Many Thanks
Charlotte Gunn (Charlie)
Mobile:07788438810
charlotte20242003@hotmail.com

 

The book has been produced beautifully produced, it makes me wonder if by oding it online if I am making the right choice, I think I might investigate books just to be safe as I don’t want to come to the end of the project and someone say to me ‘Oh it could have been better as a book’.

By doing more reserach I feel good but alos bad because I feel like I am questoning my passion for this project now and I am not sure I want to many other models involved.???

THIS IS SOMETHING MAJOR TO THINK ABOUT!!!!

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12
Mar
10

Things don’t go to plan.

UPDATE…

 

I am trying to keep my blog upto date, letting people know about what I am doing. The trouble about whats going on at the moment which you will already know if you have been following this blog is that I am a student, a mother, an expectant mother and a wife. Wither every role I just mentioned comes certain responsabilities.

Things have not been going well recently family wise, I have only really just started to recover from being in hospital my husband was ill straight after I came out, he was layed up in bed for 3-4 days and now my daugter is ill.

My little girl is under a year and since Christmas when she was 6 months old she has been on and off ill, now its to the point that she is more ill than well, she has lost weight and its just getting worse and worse.

This might sound awful but my current experince inspires me more to do this project as beofre you have children you think it will be easy, you focus on the ohhh and ahhhs having a baby/family, its all very exciting but you forget there are difficult times, stress runs high when a child is ill or there is a problem with your family.

Development of  the Project

 

Having time with my family has made me think about my project more. Orginally I proposed on image with a sound recording to occompany it and it would be on a website. After starting to plan out what kind of shots I want but also thinking about the type of affect I want to project to have I have decided that to get a message across there needs to be a series of images. A series will allow the audience to get a deeper feel of the story, also I feel that a movement of the images in series in possibly some kind of movie would help build up a story quicker in the minds of the viewers. I have been inspired by some of the youtupbe tribute pieces that are put online, I blogged about them previously during the research module before Christmas.

These are the kind of things that inspired me:

this is a tribute to a girl who has passed away, its very emotional, not only to her family anf friends but to anyone who watches it. The motion of th images, writing and sound creates this ambiance.

This is an example of what I don’t want to create, You can hardly read the writting and the music distracts you from reading it. Its overly emotional which puts power to the message but it made me want to forget the message also.

This has simlar elements to what I am thinking along the lines of but its missing the story and linked element to drive the pictures forward.

One thing I have learnt from research is that if you are going to use emotion as a part of your project you need to get the balance just right. There are many tributes online, many of them are of children who has been lost early or did not make it into this life, and they are heart wrenching but they are important to the people who are involved in them, they are a way of expressing their grief. My project needs to focus on the individual subjects but without making it to emotionally off putting.

02
Feb
10

After thoughts….

Moving Forward

 

Research and development of the final project – what I am currently planning.

You will notice that my blog has been a little empty recently. An explination for this is life, its not always easy to fit everything in and write about it too. If it occurs to you that I might have been resting my feet infront of the television watching Celebrity Big Brother you would be very very wrong.

For start I hate Big Brother Celebrity special or not! The second is with a family and one member under 1 year, a job and travel time to University you do not get much time to put you feet up needed or not. I can give you a long list of recent events but this post is dedicated to moving forward and this is exactly what I intend on doing.

Recently we presented our work and research for the moduel 310MC which allowed us to research and develope creating artefacts along the way to towards our final project. I had been researching and working towards 3 different ideas and presented all three of them during the presentation.

During this presentation I was asked to tell the audience which project I was keenest to work on and I said STAMP.

STAMP

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying web gallery

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on unusual or usually unseen marks on the bodies of people, scars, moles, facial & bodily mutations/mutilations. I would like to have these viewed as separate images but would also like to have a representation of every section of the body and make a collage  including some moving image in this collage.

The idea behind this is that things that happen in our lives often leave marks on our bodies some which we can not hide and other which we can. Our bodies are visual roadmaps of events in our lives, changes we go through or put ourselves through. Programmes on television such as embracing bodies talk about issues and subject our current social oder makes us believe we should not discuss in public and this is the same for the visual content of the world. But why should we be ashamed of the difference/history our body can show.

The reason I am so interested in doing this particular project is that a lot of the time in life we as a society/ culture look on the negative side a lot, especially when it comes to personal apperance. We often do not appreciate the differences in ourselves and each other. We also do not appreciate what our bodies do for us. When I was expecting my second child I could not stand the smell of bio-oil or coco butter and hate the texture of creams and lotions so I have ended up with stretch marks on my stomach and upper legs. For a while after she was born I hated them but now having my second child I realise they are a lasting reminder of the beautiful child my body has given myself and my husband. Things happen in life, a lot of which we can not control sometimes these are life saving/life changing like oppertaions and others are proof of life like c-section scars and some are reminders of past evens like victims of land mines or amputations.

 

Research

 

My inspirations for this project are varied but some of the research you can look back on in my blog is by photographers such as Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Elinor Carucci and David Hillard.

Moving forwards with the development of this project I am going to visit a couple of different galleries in London including an the James Hyman Gallery where Carucci is currently showing her newist body of work called Intimacy. She is showing untill the 20th of February. I also plan to visit the National Portraite Gallery.

When at the different galleries I am going to be looking at a few different aspects:

The Art work/photography: What do I think about it, what does it say or speak about?

The Presentation: How is the work presented, does it draw attention to itself in some way, does the positioning of the work matter?

The Layout: How does the exhibition or collection of work flow, are there stories to be told patterns to be recognised, is it in a timeline?

The Promotion: How has the exhibit, collection been advertised and promoted, what is drawring the people in?

One thing I have been encourage to do if to see if I can meet up with Carucci to ask her about how she works, what her inspirations are and generally meet someone who has inspired my work. I am assuming she is in london as her collection is but I understand that this might not be the case but I am going to try contacting her anyway, I’ve got nothing to lose.

As soon as I have been to london which should be before the 20th of February I can start to think about how I would liek to place my work, I am hoping that this will allow me to have a more focused approach to the particular shots I want to get.

 

Practical Work

 

One thing that has recently struck me is how am I going to get models for the shoot, I decided to ask someone with a bit of experience so I phoned a photographer called Jane Wood. Jane has a wealth of experience at both creating amazing photgraphs and organisational skills as she ran a studio for over two years. I asked her and she helped me think about the different option I have:

Put an ad out – The good thing about this is that it would reach a lot of people, the bad thing being that people might be put off by the idea of being a model who shows off there wobbly, scared hidden bits. I woudl need to research this and find out costs, the right words and audience. I also could think about offering to pay people for there time, but I would need to sort out if this is hourly paid or a one off sumb?

Ask your friends and family – The good things with this option is that friends and family are more likely to be willing to help you out, but the bad side is you limit the pool from which you choose your subjects, but this does not have to be my only option.

Contact local groups/charities – This could mean I could get a range of people and some more than other might be interested in working with me, I coud also dedicate any funds raised at the event to the local charity I get in contact with. The good thing about this opption is that I coudl target specific groups like cancer patients, or war survivers or something along thoes lines.

 

I have also been thinking a lot about composition and format for the project. I ahev a cannon 450D, should I use this digital way of shooting photography, I am keen to look at working with a macro lens, getting close to the subject and shooting from a different perspective to achieve a different view from what would be automoatically expected. I need to find otu how much I can enlarge with this method of shooting? I want these pieces to be big, blown out of perportion to the human body, abstract from the orrginal subject, so should I then shoot this differently. I despiratly need some guidance re this, is large format better? If so what kind of camera do I need etc?

 

 

What I am sure of so far is the following:

 

The images are going to all be parts/sections of the human body. I want some of the images to be abstracts, I want the audience to have to think about what part fo the body it is because the perspective of it is so different and set apart from the usual way in which we would view it. I also want some of the images to be reflective of the emotional aspect of this project the idea of being different so I do not want to remove it from the audiences perception or recognition of the idea of love, sorrow etc depending on the focus of the image.

One particular shot I have in mind is of a person scrunched into a bath tub without water with an odviouse injury or deformity showing, depicting someones fragility towards the situation. For some reason I invisage a man, possibly because I always see my bath tub and the automatic person who comes to mind is my husband and the idea that with a women this seams very dramatic and I want it not to be as dramatic but more a view of an intimate moment of pure feeling.

22
Jan
10

Project Presentation

PRESENTATION

 

The end of 310MC

 

For the third year I feel that my work should show myself as a person, it should be a statement towards who and what I am about, especially as the majority of the work I intend to produce will be photographically based. The last two years have helped me look to different mediums and explore my creative mind.

I would like to present three ideas which I have been thinking and researching towards. I have also started to experiment in these different areas as well.

 

 

Project ideas:

 

 

Perceptions – Life and Death

 

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying book and web gallery.

 photography and sound

Often the way things are presented to the audience affects the interpretation of the artefact they are trying to understand or get meaning from. As an example, children in most cases will view a piece fo work differently than an adult.

This piece of work would be a convergence of photographic work and sound, presented in a gallery space.

Life and death would be a sequance of images that represent the subject of life and death from a personal intimate perspective, every image would have a back story behind it that would be able to be read by the viewer in a specially designed booklet that would go with the exhibition.

I want to show the simple yet subtle connection between the visual and emotional but would also like to add a obscure perspective on to the body of work as a whole by using sound. The sound part fo this project would be the varying perspective of children to adults, I want to talk to children and find out there ideas on life and death on subjects surrounding that areas that the written adult recorded versions and images depict. The recordings of these children would be played in the gallery space and as the audience view the images like audio tours that the audience would need to wear, cutting them off from the reality of the surrounding outside world and others. 

The hope and outcome would be that the viewer gets to experience the different perspective of the situations both through their personal visual interpretations, the booklets background write up and the audio they can listen to. 

 

 

STAMP

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying web gallery

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on unusual or usually unseen marks on the bodies of people, scars, moles, facial & bodily mutations/mutilations. I would like to have these viewed as separate images but would also like to have a representation of every section of the body and make a collage  including some moving image in this collage.

The idea behind this is that things that happen in our lives often leave marks on our bodies some which we can not hide and other which we can. Our bodies are visual roadmaps of events in our lives, changes we go through or put ourselves through. Programmes on television such as embracing bodies talk about issues and subject our current social oder makes us believe we should not discuss in public and this is the same for the visual content of the world. But why should we be ashamed of the difference/history our body can show.

 

 

MOVE IT

Gallery Exhibition with an accompaniment of a website

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of moving images and still images showing movement relating to transport photography and Painting with light.

Basically I have been very taken with research into both Transport photography such as car shots and traffic trails. I have experiementd with making moving images and photographic work in this area already.

 

I would be creating a number of staged shots involving capturing movement of subjects in either dusk or twilight moving with light emitting objects and showing patterns of travel.

An example of my train of thought would be a shot involving people making movement around and over a car and separate car parts in different locations illuminating the car with glow in the dark spray paint. This would be both filmed and static images would be take in both cases with a slow shutter speed capturing the falling motions of the people and the paint.

The video result and moving images would then be displayed with the parts fo the car that would fit in the gallery as an art exhibition as a whole.

I want to create/try something different as a lot of transport photography has been done already, this is something different.

 

 

RESEARCH & INSPIRATION

 

The research I have been doing for all three projects has been ongoing since the start of this term. Each artefact we have created has allowed me to continue whilst expanding my research. For Perceptions – Life and Death & Stamp  my research started with looking into perspective researching Cubism and David Hockney, Hockney has a very different perspective on landscapes than other artists, he has changed mediums in order to develope and show his view of the world. Every medium he has worked with still helps inspire his work today although he no longer uses some mediums as actual modes of working anymore. The thing I like about Hockney’s work is that he makes us view the landscape in a different way bringing our attention towards different aspects.

Inspiration for both of these projects also comes from photographers such as Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Elinor Carucci and David Hillard. There work mostly  relates directly to people, they are drawn to situations that others may move away from often seeking out the outcasts subjects and situations. This idea of looking at the world has really inspired me. In earlier practical work I spent time focusing on the delicacies of drips and their falling motions and beauty trying to see them from a different view point. 

Each photographer listed above has a different style and motivation, Hillard for example displays his panoramic’s in panels focusing on real life situations but those which are staged.

 Carucci focus has been mainly surrounding her family where she has had a all access option to show off parts of life/family life that others would shy away from. Her recent body of work Intimacy which is currently showing in London till the 20th of February.

http://www.jameshymangallery.com/pages/exhibition/1037.html 

The way in which Diane Arbus works and her choice of subject has also inspired my current way of thinking, why do we run from the unusual and obscure? A modern day example of the changing style of life is the campaigns for breast feeding in the uk, people are actively having to campaign to get people feeling comfortable with seeing a woman feeding her children in public, society has made things such as feeding your baby taboo.

 

Nan Goldin is an excellent example of a photographic study of an enviroment and the different  sides of sexuality, her pictures are not fluffy feel good, posed pictures of the sexual relationship but the actual real life image, its revealing, interesting and highly inspiring. I don’t like looking at some of the more explicit work or the images of violence but then I have to tell myself thats about how I was brought up to look away and ignore or shut out the disturbing.

I currently feel that I have been doing so much research that I am yet to start fully exploring this in my own way through my own practical work. This is the next step for these two projects, getting out there getting subjects into a studio or getting lighting/equipment to them to try to get the shots.

For Move it I have already started working practically and have been doing  a lot of research into the moving image and commercial side of transport and car photography and video art (as you can see on the blog).

 

 

 I have also been researching photographers who specialise in twilight/night photography Such as David Baldwin who has had his work used for promotion by bands like The Kooks. I have also been drawn to online galleries such as Hours of Darkness which is by a group of Photographers from New York who produce amazing/inspiring photography at night.

 Both of these lines of research made me want to experiment and try this and I was out there having a go both for photography and moving image. But it also made me realise how much this has already been covered. I started looking into Transport photography aswell, specifically traffic trails but again this has been done. After doing some research on video art I became interested in what we could achieve with eluminesants and did some basic research into movement photographic work, specifically I looked at Jonathan Shows techniques in movement. His unique captured images on Ballet and Baskett ball inspired my thoughts on capturing image whilst making art.

Where I currently am

 

I have booked a Gallery for the Degree Show week, week beginning 24th May 2010. It is called the Glass House and as the name suggests it is a space where the public can see right into the gallery from the outside. I have been researching and working towards all three projects simultaneously so that I have back up plans if the project I finally decided to go with fails, has problems or I am advised not to go down that route when we get some feedback.

I have been approaching different individuals for the project currently named STAMP and have been researching studios in my local area which I can hire out. I have also been approaching freelance photographers for assistance with equipment and experience due to lack of guidance in the photographic area at University.

I have access to car parts and scrap cars through my husband as he is a mechanic and we can get supplies in this area easily. I have been investigating locations for shots as I would like to accompany the car part shots with shots of movement patterns of individuals on bridges with traffic trails behind them and have been investigating the price of glow in the dark materials. I have also been experimenting as commented before with slower shutter speeds with DV Cams and my Cannon camera.

I have not yet started any practical work towards Perceptions – Life and Death as I have been researching mainly the perspective side of things and thinking about doing something different with these subjects as again they have been covered time and time again. I have contact details of local schools/children groups  in my area which I will be contacting to discuss interviewing children. Specifically for this project I am also going to contact the local Catherine House hospice to try and get them involved and any funds I raise from it and the other two projects would go towards their charity.

I have decided to take the Advantage course Event Management this year as I would like to make the Exhibition (which ever I finally choose) a success, inviting people from the industry to view my work. I would like to make it an event in itself with promotion and a wider audience than just those connected to the university.

 

16
Dec
09

Basic Final Project Ideas….So far

IDEAS IDEAS IDEAS…

 

SKILLS AUDIT

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.

Weaknesses:

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

Strengths:

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.

PROJECT IDEAS SO FAR…

 

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.

DEGREE SHOW

 

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.

07
Dec
09

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:

http://www.nightfolio.co.uk/night_photography_brighton.html

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.

http://www.hoursofdarkness.com/Night%201/Night%20Gallery%201.htm

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

http://www.hoursofdarkness.com/Night%201/Jay6.htm


 

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.

WATCH THIS SPACE!!

30
Nov
09

In My Bubble

Escape plan from the bubble…

(Reflection on my thought process and work over this term so far)

I have been thinking, trouble I know. A lot of the ideas I seem to have and my thought process revolves around come from within my bubble, what is my bubble well its my life and the experiences current in my life. I use my life as a sounding board for my work, for the thoughts I am researching. It seems to be limiting me!

Another thing I have noticed about my thought patterns and work is that I have great ideas but I do not follow through with them and I stop thinking about how to make them work because I do not feel confident with the technology the should be used to make them. I alos get boarded because I am not passionate about what I am doing, a lot of the time we pass through many subjects in our lives that we just have to deal with in the course of getting from A to B, examples of this are children, work stresses, holidays etc.

I have been limiting myself by thinking of what I can actually achieve and what I have easiest access to. What I am not doing is looking at things from a different angle, I’m not saying to myself ‘Hey never tried this beofre on this subject why don’t I give it a go!!’ What I need to be doing is changing my intake of information so that I can think wider thoughts so that I have a larger pool of thorughts to draw from. 

I have compiled a list of things I am going to try doing or thinking about!:

  • collaboration with actors/dancers/other artists
  • collaboration with MA music composition student. (Recently got Nicholas Peters contact details)
  • Think about a wider theme, what am I interested in what would I like to play around with??
  • Experience new things to get my mind wondering!

I don’t know if this will lead to an exciting new thought process but I am willing to give it a try as I am tiered of failing, even though at the moment it doe snot seam that I am failing but more trying different avenues/techniques and seeing what works for me. I am sure Picasso or Hockney did not get it right first time.




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