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…

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…

Exercise 5.4 Inviting and Posting comments

I find looking at other students work very useful, and try to make my site as accessible as possible so that they can look at my work. I appreciate people liking the posts, and have managed to get some comments etc. I have followed a number of fellow students, across various levels, who’s work is…

Picture Analysis – Zelt (Tent)

Quite an interesting artist and series of images to examine. The student documentation makes the point of the photography being merely a record of the art works – and I think this is correct. The photographs are interesting, they have a clear point of view and structure, but in essence they are the physical remains…

If Stephen Shore went to Bray

I recently joined Facebook – I like to stay ahead of the technology curve – and was challenged to describe my day in a black and white shot, without people or explanation. So, I had basically taken the children to the beach, to play on the shore, collect stones, and take some pictures. I took…

Amie Siegel – South London Gallery

I was over in London with work – checked out which galleries I could get to in the space of time I had, and was delighted to see I could get to Peckham to see Amie Siegel’s work. I really like her work – the clarity, the tones especially. Apparently they are HD, but isn’t…

Bill Cunningham – New York

I met him once when I was in New York – ok straight away thats a lie, or certainly an exaggeration. I was in New York, I saw him, I went over, not really to speak to him, cause I am not like that, but he saw me loafing about behind him and probably thought…

The Salt of the Earth

I am not at present a landscape photographer – and I have no particular interest in Sebastião Salgado, but I do like Wim Wenders (and am booked to go and see his exhibition soon) and I enjoy watching photographers work. Salgado’s images are rather extraordinary – the breadth, scope of his achievements are remarkable. He…

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

It was suggested to me by my tutor that I fill in on this blog some details of my research, my background study – thoughts and ideas. Make the blog similar to my notebook. This is useful obviously, but even outside of my notebook there is general background reading I do that isn’t especially noted….

European Portrait Photography since 1990

Again with relation to my figure work and utilising the human figure in photography I ordered this book. This was a much more successful purchase for my requirements. It is really the accompanying book of an exhibition that took place in Rotterdam, Holland in 2015. It looks like it was a great show, with a…

Another influence – David Salle

With a quick track back to my painting days, David Salle has always been an influence. Initially with a more restricted tonal colour palette, though recently more colourful style, he juxtaposes historic and contemporary imagery with boldly rendered symbols. These apparently independent and unrelated images can then suddenly strike you as potentially meaning something else. So…

Another influence – John Baldessari

I initially came across the work of John Baldessari because of his tutor work. He was a tutor at the Californian Institute of Arts, seems to have been very well respected as a tutor, and it was there that he was tutor to David Salle. He is regarded as a conceptual artist – whatever that…