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

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

The results are in

I spent so much time deliberating my Final Major Project Proposal. Reading and re-reading the guidelines, asking advice from peers and going with my gut all fed into the final outcome. And the results are in. First, I'm content with my grade and looking forward to speaking in more detail to my lecturer, Wendy McMurdo. … Continue reading The results are in

Environmental “beautification”

The start of the Final Major Project module has made me realise what I'm truly trying to achieve with my work. And it isn't necessarily what I thought it was. I have been sure since the start of this MA that I didn't want realism to be the content of the images I make, even … Continue reading Environmental “beautification”