At the 2017 Photography show I attended a lecture given by celebrated photographer Albert Watson.
He started his lecture by playing us a video of his photographs, taken over many years. There were several that I recognised, including one of his most famous photographs, Golden Boy. Continue reading Albert Watson
Nigel Shafran is a photographer who started off in fashion photography but who moved on into art photography in the 1990’s with his first photo essay called Blind Factory, which showed blind workers, with their sighted colleagues and their guide dogs. Continue reading Nigel Shafran
The photograph of me as my grandfather is as close as I can make it to my own memory.
I don’t think that the clothes are quite correct, and my grandfather seemed to always have his pipe with him. From what I can remember my granddad’s cap was actually brown, but he would have had collarless shirts, as did my father in the 1950s. Continue reading Reflections on Childhood memory
For me, approaching the age of 65, childhood is rather a long way behind me, and most of my memories from then are now pretty vague. Many relate to my time at school, and often being ill from school as I was a severe asthmatic.
However one memory from my younger childhood is of my grandfather. Continue reading Exercise – Childhood memory
This exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for the Arts, featured the pictures of three Japanese artists: Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.
The styles of these three artists varied greatly from the flower pictures of Araki to the astronomical images of Kawada. Continue reading Masters of Japanese Photography
Is there any sense in which Lee’s work could be considered voyeuristic or even exploitative? Is she commenting on her own identity, the group identity of the people she photographs, or both?
I must admit that Lee’s work makes me feel that it is similar to those programmes where a young person is dressed up to be old, or a thin person made up to be fat in order to experience what it is like to be in that situation. Continue reading Exercise – Masquerades
Looking at the images referenced here, I do find that some of them make me feel really uncomfortable. Gillian Wearing’s images of herself with masks on to hide her identity make me feel that she is hiding. The question which I ask is, is there anything of herself in that image?
A good example is the photograph of herself as Robert Mapplethorpe. This is a pastiche of one of his own images, and making a mask of his face to cover her face, really neither praises the original Mapplethorpe photograph, nor does it say anything about her. Continue reading Exercise – Autobiographical self-portraiture
I approached this assignment with some trepidation. How do I photograph something that you cannot see? There were several options, do I show things that are there but out of sight and therefore out of mind? Do I show things which are purely concepts? Continue reading Reflections on Assignment 2
Start by doing some reflecting in your learning log. What kinds of subjects might be seen as un-photographable? How might you go about portraying them using photography? List a few examples of things you’re experiencing now or have recently been thinking about. This doesn’t have to be too in-depth or revealing, but it can be if you want. Equally, it might be something as apparently trivial as how you’re going to fit everything into your busy day. At first you may come up with literal examples, but the more you think about them the more those ideas will develop into specific and more original ones.
Make a list of at least seven ideas. Try and keep to things you have a personal interest in or curiosity about. Keep a notebook with you at all times and make notes when ideas strike you as interesting. (This is good practice for all stages of the degree and beyond. Ideas books are something to be revisited time and again for ideas and hints for the photographer you’re becoming.)
Now implement one of your ideas. Aim for a tightly edited and visually consistent series of 7–10 images. Continue reading Assignment 2 – Photographing the unseen
I think the most difficult thing to photograph is probably other peoples perceptions of the world.
We think that when we look at an item we all see the same thing, but this is by no means true. Firstly our colour perception may be totally different, different people like different colours, so do they look completely different? What if one person is colour blind?
We can try and create images which confuse the colours to simulate the effect, but the differences in what people see may be far greater. Some people have hallucinations, and see things which are not there, or cannot see things that are there. Continue reading Introduction to Assignment 2