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….

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…

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 4.8 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…

Exercise 4.5 Layers

Look out of a window from inside and make a photograph that includes all three of these elements: foreground detail in front of the window, a reflection of something otherwise unseen in the window, background environment on the other side of the window.   I really need to attempt this exercise again at night and…

Exercise 4.4 Patchwork

For some reason I decided to make each grid a day. A journey if you like. Not step by step, not chronologically but focused on a single day. There was no formulated timing of shooting – so no shot every hour or whatever. I simply did what I often do and took my camera for…

Exercise 4.3 Assembly

I set up the camera outside – I had an idea that I would build a big tower – if I can’t succeed in terms of quality then I can at least do well in terms of scale. Its difficult finding an empty space in our garden, so I chose a least full section. The…

Exercise 4.2 Constructed imagergy

We have had builders in and the house has been all over the place. However, it did mean that some rooms were empty for painting and new carpets blah blah. So I had some space, which I could use. Over some time I started just moving things into a wall space. I would go off,…

Exercise 4.1 Fragments

I wanted to avoid the normal grouping of still lives. I wasn’t opposed to doing traditional style lives – but just wanted to play with the set-up really. So because of this I chose traditional still life objects, bottle, fruit, flowers – the usual – but tried to mess a bit with the structure. I…

Exercise 3.11 Visual Evidence

“Make four photographs that document the place where you’re reading this and the act of reading it. Be as neutral, as dispassionate as possible. This is visual evidence.” I simply sat in one of the places I sometimes do my work – not always the same place as I get bored – and took 4 shots – front, left,…