The emphasis in this week's course work has been on the commercial aspects of photography. How do you start to 'sell' yourself as a photographer/photo-artist. And can you cross from one to the other? Having started my photographic life in a commercial advertising studio where one day I may be building a room set to … Continue reading Week 7 – reflection
Today is one of those days where I have felt as though it will be impossible to get everything I want to get done, done. But one of the main things I wanted to try was some new techniques with sand and sea water. The weather is pretty atrocious here today, with grey skies and … Continue reading New experiments with sand
There are so many ways to find fresh perspectives for my practice. When time allows, burying my head in books or visiting museums and art venues are great ways to learn new things and gain new insights. But, as time is often short in my often hectic everyday life, I regularly find myself saving links … Continue reading Finding fresh perspectives
In the webinar this week I shared the three latest images I have created. Two are part of my Harena Now series and one was part of my #365cyanotypechallenge. It was fabulous to get such supportive comments from my tutor and fellow students. My tutor Paul suggested I looked at the fabrics created at … Continue reading To fabric or not to fabric?
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
I have well and truly gone from pillar to post this week. Having run numerous photo-related workshops I felt I needed to create something very different to my comfort zone. But I already have four commissioned cyanotype workshops set up for August so rather than reinvent the wheel, I have decided to combine the work … Continue reading Week Eight: Surface and Strategies – Workshop
This module has been challenging and informative. Not only have I pushed myself creatively with a commissioned exhibition, but I have also gain much from a residency, my peers and my tutors. This module has brought my attention to a number of new photographers and practitioners such as Anne Brigman and Kelley Wilder. Brigman's works … Continue reading And finally
This week has been fun. Watching Tom Clancy interview Richard Billingham has been informative. Not only in learning more about Billingham's early work, the work of his family , but also how he speaks in a non-jargon, straightforward manner about it. When I look at Billingham's work on his parents through Ray's A Laugh, I … Continue reading Week 11 – Conversations