Earlier this year I was fortunate to be commissioned to produce visual artwork as part of a project supporting bees in Cornwall. The opportunity provided a dedicated gallery space within the University of Exeter's Environmental Science Institute building at the Penryn campus. As a space it was a little uninspiring, but, once my images were … Continue reading Week Six – Surface and Strategies: Exhibition
Jorg Colberg is a photographer, consultant, writer and educator. He has written a book about photobooks. And at first glance It does feel a little as if he is teaching granny to suck eggs (wherever that expression comes from). What I mean by that is much of what he writes in Understanding Photobooks seems obvious. Surely, if … Continue reading On Photobooks
In my previous post I mentioned that to work with a curator I would need to have a huge amount of confidence in their skills. By that I mean I would want them to have an understanding of what drives me to make the work I do, and to take that as a guide for … Continue reading On curating
The task this week has been to choose curators and designers from our (now) cohort of 27 students. Interestingly, given that this was open for anyone to apply to, only 10 or so put themselves forward. I feel this may be in part to do with personal capacity - it definitely is in my case … Continue reading Week Five – Surfaces and Strategies: ‘Surfaces’
What exactly is non-human photography? Can it really exist, as at some point in the creation of an image there must be the involvement of the human hand, surely? Joanna Zylinska has said that, “The Human agency required to make a decision about what and how to photograph is only one small part of what goes on … Continue reading Week Four – Surfaces and Strategies: Strategies of Freedom.
I have loved this week's challenge in which we were asked to "reconsider your relationship with your apparatus by not using it". As I normally work in a camera-less fashion, I don't use 'apparatus' other than the light sensitive material and any objects I use within the images I make. Sunlight (UV) is my usual light … Continue reading Week Four – Hands Off
To kick off this week's discussion relating to strategies of freedom, we were tasked with sharing an example of a photographic image not made directly by a human. Our choice had to include the following: What is it? What does it show? Where did you find it? How was it made? What was it for? Taking … Continue reading Week Four – Are You Human?
Week three proved a funny one for me. The task this week was to form groups and produce a zine. Once the group had been formed it was time to call out for others to respond to the topic photographically, and once images had been uploaded/sent to edit the selection for inclusion in the zine. … Continue reading Week Three – Surfaces and Strategies: Strategies of Sharing
Our discussions this week have centred around the appropriation and remediation/remixing of photographic work. Much of my work is created from scratch using natural materials. On occasion I use negatives from my own work but I will also access images that others have shared for free even in commercial works. The latter is rare and … Continue reading Week Two – Surface and Strategies: Strategies of Mediation
It's funny how sometimes in life you realise you have been doing something all along but never realised it. This week we have considered repeat and rephotography. We also considered re-enactment. To clarify (loosely), repeat photography is the returning to a location over a regular period of time to produce images that will show the … Continue reading Week One – Surface and Strategies: Strategies of Looking