Assignment 3 – Clones

I am always interested in ‘found’ works – the act of finding, and choosing to present, and present in a certain way making them a certain type of art work. I have used them to some extent in this segment of the course. In 2012 I was browsing through an Oxfam book store in Balham, London. It…

Exercise 3.10 – A formal portrait

Who means a lot to you? It could be the person closest to you emotionally, with whom you’ve shared important life experiences. Or perhaps its an old friend you haven’t seen for a while. Make a formal portrait of the person standing in the significant place of the previous exercise. A ‘formal’ portrait is generally full…

Exercise 3.9 – A significant place

Think of a place that holds meaning for you. Note down the reasons why it matters. (For reasons of practicality, choose somewhere accessible – see Exercise 3.10.) Think about how you could photograph that place in a way and in a light that reflects its meaning to you. Is there a particular viewpoint in your mind’s…

Exercise 3.8 – Re-photographing

Take a photo of a person’s face. Set up a small arrangement of objects. Re-photograph a photograph or collection can help different elements in the composition to gel into the same visual ‘space’. I am trying to move through some of these exercises a little quicker than in the past. I have been spending too long…

Exercise 3.7 – A significant object

You probably own many significant objects, from a wedding ring to old clothes, trophies of achievement to mementos that recall special events or times of your life, like toys or records. Choose one of these to photograph. This mustn’t be a general thing like ‘flowers’ but something entirely specific to you. Respect the fact that this…

Exercise 3.6 – Mixing Genres

This exercise allowed us to pick a subject and produce four photographs that cover each of these genres: Landscape, Portrait, Still Life and Story. The subject could be anything at all but had to be the same throughout. I generally quite like mixing things in the image, and because of this wanted to try and…

Exercise 3.5 Photographs from text

“Choose a text that has meaning for you… Try to generate visual ideas that communicate something about the text… How would you turn that text into a photograph or a series of photographs?.. When you’ve finished your work, place the photograph or photographs you’ve made with the text, side-by-side.” I had spent quite a while…

Picture Analysis – Sophie Calle

Again, regarded as a ‘conceptual’ photographer, Sophie Calle’s work challenges what we want from a photograph – what we think a photograph is and can be. The textbook makes the point about her work sometimes raising ethical questions – and it does – but I don’t really have any ethical problems with anything she does…

In theory this could be…

Interior with a young man holding a recorder After too long an hiatus, I do seem to be back into full swing on the course. I had been making notes, ideas, some sketches throughout my break. But due to work, my mind wasn’t on the course as much as it should have been, and I…

Exercise 3.4 Documenting Change

“…Make a sequence of photographs that shows the same subject, from the same position, but in different states… Produce at least three images in a sequence – a triptych – that shows the three states of the subject and communicates the change you’ve identified.” Maybe it was the mention of different states, maybe it was the idea…

Research Point – Eadweird…

The first thing I always remember about Eadweard Muybridge is that the guy can’t even spell his own name properly – and WordPress agrees with me. Try typing his name in and it autocorrects to Edward. I guess his work is interesting – however, probably through over-familiarity, partially through being of their time despite being ‘experimental’,…

Research Point – Richter’s Atlas

Gerhard Richter’s Atlas is a collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings, and sketches. Richter has been assembling them since the mid 1960s. He selects and arranges visual elements on loose sheets of paper. They give an interesting form to his creative thought processes. The quantity of works is staggering. Most interesting to me are the collections…