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…

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…

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…

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 -The Nature of Photographs

So I read the book then watched the video. Then I did a post about the video, and now I am doing a post about the book. Yeah, it must be great to be Stephen Shore,  he has pretty much been a photography star since he could only crawl around with a camera. And he…