I was very fortunate to be invited to take part in a residency at the vibrant Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset from March 27 to 29. Led by Helen Sear, Professor of Falmouth University's Institute of Photography and Tim Martin, Hestercombe's curator, with talks provided by my own MA course leader Jesse Alexander; course leader for MA … Continue reading Garden Leave
This theme has taken me into the realm of nature and mythology. My research has taken down the route of Celtic nature goddesses. I am using them as a means of representation of nature as female. This does not necessarily align with my own views (I'm not so convinced of the idea of nature as … Continue reading Nature’s Goddesses
Whose voice is it that we hear and read when we enter a gallery or venue exhibiting artworks? That has to depend on the type of work being shown, surely? If a solo show, I would like to think that is the voice of the creator we hear rather than a third-party transcript of the … Continue reading Informing Contexts – Week Eight – Whose Voice Is It?
Enter the Academy What a fascinating week. I have always been intrigued by the ways in which photography is shared and shown. And have also always felt rather annoyed by pretentious art galleries, whatever they are displaying. For me, art, and photography in particular, is something that doesn't need to give itself airs and graces. … Continue reading Informing Contexts – Week Eight reflection
I love living by the sea. I can't imagine not doing so. It is a place of wonder and beauty for me. As part of my ongoing research, I am now looking into the creation of a body of work at my local beach. Living a very popular tourist spot in Cornwall, each year our … Continue reading Ocean View
As part of my research into human environmental impact, I am discovering there is a big appetite in photography for photographers who want to make a statement about the issues humans are creating for our planet. For me, an element of my practice is to see how I can lessen my own photographic impact. This has … Continue reading Litter picking
A fellow student instigated a weekly 'photo brief' for anyone willing to take part a couple of weeks ago. I have created images as part of it for fun; something to take my mind off the serious study and research. As I don't have copious amounts of time to create work that is more akin … Continue reading Just for fun
A little delayed but I have finally got to have a quick peek at some of this week's reading suggestions. My first thought relates to Alan Sekula and how we arrive at the meaning of a photograph. In the chapter On the Invention of Photographic Meaning in Thinking Photography by Victor Burgin1, Sekula comments that … Continue reading Week Seven – Brief reading
Speaking Photographically Considering the Trilogy work of Daniel Gustav Cramer this week has helped me formulate my ongoing work in my head some more. For me, it is his comment that his work uses a concept as a starting point but it becomes 'an echo of its own voice" is reassuring. I have been struggling … Continue reading Informing Contexts – Week Seven
This week I read a number of articles referring to a quote by Charlotte Cotton, a freelance curator with an impressive career that has included stints at the V&A and ICP. The quotes is: "I think of it as the picture/s that you print up, just to a small working size, to get a look … Continue reading Itchy and Scratchy?