Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary

To help me to develop my practice following my MA, and to continue with Harena Now (which I think has more longevity), I have applied for the Royal Photographic Society's Environmental Bursary (run in conjunction with The Photographic Angle). This bursary seeks photographic projects that promote environmental awareness, which Harena Now most certainly does. When I … Continue reading Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary

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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’

“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

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

1-2-1 February 28

It is refreshing to speak with my lecturer Wendy McMurdo about my project, and this 1-2-1 was no exception. Sometimes we can become so embroiled in a project that it's hard not to become blinkered to certain ideas you hold. This is why speaking about my plans with Wendy is so beneficial. Initially, we had … Continue reading 1-2-1 February 28

War Sand – Donald Weber

In my research about the global sand crisis (and other sand-related stories) I came across a news article in the BJP online about a book by photographer, Donald Weber. His book, War Sand, is a "forensic" investigation into D-Day and carries the tagline "The epic of war, told by a grain of sand..." on Weber's … Continue reading War Sand – Donald Weber

As 2017 draws to a close…

This year has been a catalyst for me to reimagine my photographic dreams and reconnect with my personal photographic practice. The MA has provided me with opportunity and support, and as I head into the final stages I plan to continue to build on this. Having taken some downtime during the festive break to spend … Continue reading As 2017 draws to a close…

Week 6 – oral presentation prep

I have spent sometime putting together the script for my oral presentation assignment this week. My project, Harena Now, is responding to the global sand crisis which is an in-depth topic. I want to ensure that the 10-minute short film I create not only reflects the importance of this environmental issue but also meets the … Continue reading Week 6 – oral presentation prep