Photography and activism

Harena Now takes a subtle approach to activism. It is non-documentary and does not depict the 'real'. You will not see a human face or an image of a human/environmental situation. This leads to the question, "How will it initiate an action?", if this is something I want the work to achieve. Firstly, there are … Continue reading Photography and activism

Laura Nissinen – lecture

Having been aware of the Abstract! 100 Years of Abstract Photography, 1917–2017 exhibition, curated by Laura Nissinen, is was great to take part in her online lecture for the course in July. The course information relating to Nissinen stated: She holds a BA (hons) in Photography from the University of Sunderland, an MA from the Helsinki University … Continue reading Laura Nissinen – lecture

New artist statement

Having read the pointers from the Lensculture reviewer, I have now tweaked my artist statement for Harena Now so that it will be the same across all mediums. On my website it previously read: Harena Now investigates the global sand crisis through the use of alternative photographic processes. It aims to spark discussions about this … Continue reading New artist statement

Local press

A huge thank you to the Falmouth Packet for their support of my upcoming show. Having sent them my press release, they used it in the following article (Fig. 1: screen shot of part of website version): http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/leisure/eventsguide/16359140.josie-purcells-is-exhibiting-at-the-fish-factory-in-penryn/ I also sent my press release to Cornwall Live; BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Spotlight. My contacts at … Continue reading Local press

Full circle

Having been inspired to reintroduce cyanotypes to my Harena Now project, I have made my first five 'frames' using embroidery hoops. I quickly placed them on a white wall in my house to give me an idea of impact and size (see Fig. 1). Compared to the display by Hannah Perrine Mode featured previously (and … Continue reading Full circle

Open night at Eco Park.

I was ready at 6pm, with tea, coffee and rum punch on hand. I had allowed for up to 30 guests. Only 6 came, with a handful of people wandering in from the Otter Surfboards open evening taking place on the same night. In one sense this was a disappointing turnout but it had been … Continue reading Open night at Eco Park.

Installation day – June 22

Having chosen not to frame my work, and having researched my chosen magnetic hanging system, I was feeling quite assured that the install for this first 'mini' Harena Now show at Mount Pleasant Eco Park would go quite smoothly. The venue had had a theatre performance the night before and I had the option to … Continue reading Installation day – June 22

Warning notice

I decided my warning notice in my previous blog post was perhaps a little strongly worded: https://josiepurcellphotographyma.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/final-elements-of-first-show/ I have now updated this (and corrected a spelling error) as below: This is more about making sure young children are not left alone in the cafe space and potentially reach for the small silver magnets and put them … Continue reading Warning notice