Project continues

I have submitted my final assignment for the foundation course to my tutor and yesterday he replied. Everything went extremely well – probably better than I could have hoped for when I signed up for the course. I would not have expected to be talking about exhibiting work etc, this early in any course. I…

Another dutch flower set-up

I said I would do a few of these, and here is yet another. Its actually quite interesting – I thought it would be more of a technical challenge than anything else, but I have already started working on some notes about how to expand this. The small, confined format allows for things to be…

Flowers and still lives – another project

I decided I would have a simple home/ studio contained project I could work on – while preparing larger more difficult projects. Also the aim of working on these still lives/ flower projects is to allow me to practice some light set-ups, but also keep me clicking. My aim is to have at least one…

Robert Mapplethorpe – Imagine

I never really liked Robert Mapplethorpe. I have known his work since the very early 90’s – he was already dead. I was a painting student, and he was a photographer – then when I was taking pictures, he hadn’t taken shots I was especially interested in. I don’t know why. My impression of him…

Exercise 5.5 What is a flower?

Obtain two flowers of the same kind. Put one in a vase and leave it for a few weeks Take a close “macro” photo of the other flower against a neutral background Now pull the flower apart and photograph this sequence of destruction Make an individual extreme close-up of every part of the flower: petals, stamens,…

The Assignment – Part 2

Here, taken from The Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning is the most famous and widely distributed image of Gadet, being painted/ drawn/ sketched by Pierre Bonnard, in his studio, thought to be around 1937 or 1938. It is unclear from this image, and from research I have done, what painting/ drawing of Gadet, Bonnard…

Research – Brassai and Bonnard

As part of their on-going friendship, and Brassai’s relationship with artists, clowns and writers, a series of photographs was constructed looking at artists at work, in their studio. This was subsequently gathered, organised and edited into the book ‘The Artists of My Life’, by Viking press of New York in 1982. It includes Brassai’s essays and…

The Assignment – Part 1

Gertrude Stein moved to Paris in 1903. From then on, till her death in 1946, she held court in her Paris home with artists and writers, playwrights and actors, singers and dancers. Part of this group, was a french clown by the name of Gadet. He first appears as part of Stein’s group in letters…

Background work – the exhibition 3

As well as the actual pages of the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning, there is supplemental work in the exhibition – props, letters etc. These supplemental works will be labelled as below. This is simple descriptions of the material contained in the cabinets/ vitrines etc. It  is important to me that the exhibition maintains…

Background work – the exhibition 2

Following on from my previous post, here is the layout for the exhibition. It includes the supplemental work such as letters sent and received to relevant parties – publishing company, family and university. Also included is a telephone/ video interview with Mrs Andrews, as well as a prop used by Christy Weaving. The exhibition will…

Background work – the exhibition

I have been working on the plans for the exhibition of The Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. As we are reminded of Joseph Beuys idea that we should always exhibit our work. So with this in mind I have been making plans to exhibit the work – with the aim of doing this some…

Exercise 5.3 Uploading photos to your blog

Apart from book reviews and exhibition reviews, very little of my blog would be text only based. Most of the exercises, research posts are text plus an image or two. Therefor I have have found little problem with uploading images. I use primarily 2 photography software packages. Lightroom for storage, and general exposure work, then…