Exercise 5.1 – Set up a blog

I was a little bit puzzled when I turned the page of the handbook and saw the requirement at this point was to ‘set up a blog’. As I understood it, this was a prerequisite throughout the course. WordPress has been fairly enjoyable, and along with my notebooks, has been useful in directing me. I…

John Berger – Portraits

I bought this book cause I like a lot of John Berger’s writing – Ways of Seeing is pretty much an art school standard – how we are culturally represented, and the subsequent results these representations have on their conduct and self as well and mutual perception. So with some of the photographic work I had…

Influences – Michael Wesely

I have, and have been requested to do by the course a number of long exposures. The longest I think I have done was about 90 seconds – which is fairly long in my opinion. These have been either ‘painting with light’ type images, or the standing outside in the dark types, watching the water…

Stephen Shore Interview

I recently read Stephen Shore’s The Nature of Photography, and will type up my notes about that separately – but it led me at the time to watch this YouTube interview. I find that because I am based in Ireland, and on a more correspondence course, it can feel at times like I am missing…

Technical advice from Joe McNally

I probably don’t read, watch, experiment with the technical elements of my kit as much as I should. From the student groups that I am involved with for FiP – it seems to be the mainstay of many in the class. It isn’t that the technical side doesn’t interest me at all, but simply that,…

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…