Tom Hunter Interview

Worth checking out on YouTube is an interview with Tom Hunter. Its an academic led interview, so deals well with a lot of the questions we would have as students. He is also involved in teaching, so has good insight into the way students are learning and operating – comments such as dealing with photographing…

Exhibition visit – Vermeer

Vermeer And The Masters Of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry – National Gallery of Ireland. Exhibition of works by Johannes Vermeer as well as some contemporaries – ter Borch, van Mieris and Metsu. The main crux of the exhibition is the sharing, pinching, inspiring and general inter-linking of works by flemish painters of the time….

Exercise 4.12 Presence/ absence

Familiar environments, we tend to ignore or not see certain things. Explore the absence and presence of an object you are accustomed to, in order to bring to the surface an altered ambience. Convey the trace of an absent person or thing. Express something of an altered mood by a particular emphasis. The documentation on…

The Assignment

The finished assignment shows pages 46 and 47 of the Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Clowns and Clowning. We have a description of 1980’s US digital clown Eugene Cross. The entry shows also a still from his 1983 video performance ‘Modern Mimes – a Visual and Sensory Piece for Big Top’. I have searched on YouTube for…

Second thoughts – planning outline

These are some just general notes and scribbles regarding the piece. Notebook work really. As this has been an on-going project, notes have overlapped, plans have merged and separated, decisions changed.   I don’t know if these notes make anything clearer for anyone. I use this large notebook generally, but also a small notebook which…

Assignment 4 – Responding to a theme

Genre is helpful but general – no photographer is just a still life or portrait photographer. I was glad to hear that no photographer sticks to one genre – though I am not totally sure if that is true for all – it certainly seems to be true of me. I worry sometimes that this…

Exercise 4.11 Emulation

Choose one key photograph to use in the next exercise. Emulate the photograph chosen. Make the image your own. Identify in the photo what appeals to you. I liked the similarity between a photo by Keith Arnatt and one I had found from the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. The visual quality – The…

Project 3 Learning from other photographers

Throughout this course you’ve been introduced to the work of different photographers to help give you an understanding of the creative potential of photography. Now it’s time to question your own work and identify anything you think is lacking. You don’t have to be overcritical, just honest. – Write down any areas in photography you…

Exercise 4.10 Processing technique – film look

This was an interesting project for me. I have been trying to do extra work on some ageing with Photoshop. I have a tendency to over use Lightroom for processing. I have a few books I have been reading which offer projects right through from lighting, to shooting, to processing – these have been quite…

Exercise 4.9 Repetition

Repetition of one image, whether the same or with slight differences in exposure, crop or image quality, elicits an inquisitive eye. Repetition emphasis the sameness and yet paradoxically indicates a difference. Andy Warhol used this strategy in his screen prints and photographs. I decided that I would continue with the Warhol theme. I wanted to…

Exercise 4.8 Photomontage

Search your archive to make a photomontage with your own photographs. Decide on background, parts of the environment, objects and people in the environment. I decided to print out the pictures, cut them and glue. I did this really because of having done the photoshop element before, so i thought this would be more old-school…

Exercise 4.7 Juxtaposition

Get a few old magazines and newspapers. Decide on a background picture. Now add to it a figure. Substitute the head. Photograph the result. This was an interesting playtime. I quite like doing these forms of artwork, but should probably have planned it better. My magazines were limited to some photography magazine, the Argos catalogue…