Feedback form

I plan to encourage feedback at the exhibitions I am holding for my Harena Now project. This project for me has much more longevity than the end of my MA, and I hope it will continue to develop and grow. To assist with this, hearing people's comments about the work and the shows will add … Continue reading Feedback form

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Warning notice

I decided my warning notice in my previous blog post was perhaps a little strongly worded: https://josiepurcellphotographyma.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/final-elements-of-first-show/ I have now updated this (and corrected a spelling error) as below: This is more about making sure young children are not left alone in the cafe space and potentially reach for the small silver magnets and put them … Continue reading Warning notice

New pieces – new paper

Ilford kindly donated four boxes of expired paper a few years ago. Two are fibre-based and two are resin coated (see Fig. 1). For the majority of Harena Now I have used the Warm Tone Semi-Matt paper as it seems to create the most vivid blues, yellows and purples when auto-toned in Photoshop. I recently … Continue reading New pieces – new paper

Final elements of first show

With the first show for Harena Now taking place from June 22, I have been putting together a few final touches - paperwork mostly. The space I have is one wall that measures 6m x 2.5m (18ft x 7.5ft). The work will hung unframed with small magnets. I will hang it as high up as … Continue reading Final elements of first show

Lia Halloran – more inspiration

I really thought I had written about Lia Halloran's work before this, particularly her project, Your Body is a Space that Sees. I adore her use of the cyanotype process in these large-scale images (see Figs. 1 and 2) that have been made to showcase the impact women have had in astronomy since the distant … Continue reading Lia Halloran – more inspiration

Lens Culture Art Photography Awards 2018

I took the plunge today and entered some of my Harena Now series into the Lens Culture Art Photography Awards. I decided to opt for the series category, which also enables me to receive a review of my work by an industry professional. And, still being a student I also received a discount on entry … Continue reading Lens Culture Art Photography Awards 2018

Noemie Goudal and new ideas

One of the best things about taking this MA is learning about other artists; thank you Wendy (McMurdo, my module tutor) for introducing me to Noemie Goudal. Goudal's work at first glance, for me, was perhaps not the type of imagery that would make me want to linger. Perhaps that's because the first images I … Continue reading Noemie Goudal and new ideas

First ‘podcast’

I have achieved what I wanted with my interview with geologist Dr. Beth Simons. Click the image above or listen to it here: josiepurcellphotography.com/#/harenanow/ It has covered many points (although not all) and led to a new discovery for me - cathodoluminescence. This is particularly used in geology and creates fabulous images, which Beth compared my work … Continue reading First ‘podcast’

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)

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