Taking a look back at early work to see if there is a thread running through to present day work has been an interesting part of this week's tasks. The first photo I took, if memory serves me well, was aged about eight with the family Polaroid camera. It was of a wooden hut that … Continue reading Week 4 – reflection
As the first half of my flexible two-year MA in Photography comes to a close with the assignments' deadline today, it provides a good opportunity to recollect where I have come from and where I now plan to go. Full circle would be one way to describe my experience. But I am now much clearer … Continue reading Final reflection
I do feel that this work-in-progress portfolio is much more cohesive than the module two version. In the former portfolio I was representing four different strands of work that spanned iPhone photography to alternative processes. In my latest portfolio I have a clearer focus - not only in topic but in choice of methods used … Continue reading Work-in-progress Portfolio
As a former journalist and someone who has always held an interest in environmental issues, as well living in a coastal area, I feel dumbfounded that I have only recently discovered the importance of sand and the detrimental effect humans are having through their use of it. I feel as though this is an issue … Continue reading Why sand?
I have a to read list that is rather long at present. On that list is Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost. It's there not least because I noted a number of other photographer's in an article on the Humble Arts Foundation blog cite it as an influential piece of work, more particularly … Continue reading Rebecca Solnit – words of wisdom
The last two weeks of this module have proved a challenge and enlightening. All four workshops are done; with one specifically asking participants to create work for the exhibition. Having only come to the definitive plan for my ongoing work halfway through this module, I don't feel the workshops or the exhibition resemble exactly how … Continue reading Week 12 – getting close.
I have noticed that most of the photographers that I am drawn to who use alternative processes, particularly cyanotype, in their practice are women. It has been puzzling me why that may be so. I have always tried to avoid statements that allude to certain personality traits being more male or female; and even though … Continue reading Women and the blues
Despite acquiring a chest infection two-days before my first adult workshop, I dosed myself up with cough syrup and ibuprofen and headed off. It was a great session, which had been over subscribed. That's nice but at the same time, on this occasion, made it difficult to dedicate time to encouraging participants to make potential … Continue reading Week 11 – workshops a go-go
Having made my dummy publication out of instant film and a safety clip, I knew I wanted to research other means of creating my idea of a glass book (or a book made of sand). The possibilities were there to make a dummy along the lines of the ones below, which use see-through stationery pockets … Continue reading Publication plans
For this week I shared the following with my peers: New work has been made and there is some more to come during the next two weeks as well. The most recent work has focussed on using out-of-date b/w photo paper and burying/semi-submerging under sand and/or beach 'flora'. I have also used cyanotype fabric test … Continue reading Week Ten – Production