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The Strindberg test (ish)

Having been recently introduced to the Celestographs of August Strindberg, I am  now venturing into testing out his technique - sort of. Strindberg, who, during the 1890s, dabbled in making these photograms/chemigrams when he apparently had a creative block in his work as a playwright, created the images at night. This, it is reported, is … Continue reading The Strindberg test (ish)

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Getting an idea of size

I have always visualised the lumen prints I make for Harena Now to be seen relatively large scale. The originals are all approx. 10 x 8 inch black and white photo paper, mainly Ilford Multigrade FB Warmtone. My recent house move has curtailed my financial ability to spend large amounts of money on copious amounts … Continue reading Getting an idea of size

Immersive and tactile

In my previous post about installation ideas, I noted that perhaps my plans to place cyanotype covered deckchairs in front of my other Harena Now work may seem a little gimmicky. I don't want it to be seen as just a quirky means of displaying my work. But in my latest chat with this module's … Continue reading Immersive and tactile

People persuasion

Following on from my post yesterday, I came across another article that highlights how people can be persuaded to care more for the planet they inhabit. Written by Hayley Bennett for the Guardian in November 2017, it discuss the Social Dominance Theory, initiated by psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1990s, and how … Continue reading People persuasion

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

I've been thinking more about the point of my work. What am I really trying to do with Harena Now? From the outset it has been to raise awareness of a lesser known environmental issue, the global sand crisis. But is that enough? I have been ruminating more and more on what actually makes someone … Continue reading “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

Magnetic pull

A quick search for photographic hanging magnets led me to two options that seem worthy of consideration. The first are via Magnetack. It's a US-based firm and the wall-side magnets would need to be pinned into the wall surfaces. Below are a few examples of this type of magnetic hanger in action: The second via … Continue reading Magnetic pull

Pull out the stops

There are things I really need to get on with. Much of my plans and musings are going on inside my head at present. The big house move is over and its time to unpack the photographic boxes so that I can begin "living my work", as my lecturer Prof. Wendy McMurdo told me I … Continue reading Pull out the stops

More exhibition ideas

As usual, I'm magpie-ing between ideas of how to show my work at a variety of locations. Hopefully after today, I will have a more fixed idea of where I will be showing but at present I have secured time with the Fish Factory in Penryn from Thursday,  July 26 for a week. The cost … Continue reading More exhibition ideas

Installation ideas

Having always wanted to show my work outside, but perhaps not having the financial means to create it in the way I would like, I have decided that I want to bring the outside in as part of my final show. Harena Now aims to raise discussions about the global sand crisis. It is still … Continue reading Installation ideas

Show and tell

At the moment, I seem to be holding all my thoughts and plans for my final major show in my head. I can have wonderful conversations, write articulate articles and deliver inspiring talks all up there in my mind. But I know I need to start getting these random and occasionally insightful ways of sharing … Continue reading Show and tell