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…

Assignment Five – Planning

More than 4 months ago, I was doing some research on the Gadet pages of the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. One of the drawings, pastels of Gadet by Pierre Bonnard is owned by the Tate. So about 4 months ago I rang them and asked about it. Its not on show apparently. It…

Exercise 5.2 – Re-sizing a batch of your images for your blog

I use 2 software packages for my photography work. Lightroom for cataloguing, downloading and basic touching up, and then Photoshop Elements for specific work within the image. I started (after reading some advice from a Nick Fetcher book) to not only resize batches of images, but to actually edit them at the same time too….

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…

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…

Some information I was sent

In 2015 when I was researching the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning, I made contact with Robin Andrews, the author’s widow. She wrote to me and gave me further information about he book and her husband, Chuck. Subsequently – probably about 3 months later – I received a box in the post. It was…

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…