Things have been afoot for a little while now in my world and I have been making some decisions about directions I should take. Photography is my love and I will continue on, but as its quite competitive and painful to try and make a proper living from it.
I have been thinking of ways to improve not only my shooting profile, but ways of improving my own knowledge of the photographic process. So I have planned on trying to make a few more photobooks, learn much more about the printing process (both digital and wet) and in turn try and create a place where photographers can gather as much information as possible to make their own photobooks.
There is defiantly a void in the world where we don’t have a knowledge bank of where and who people can contact in relation to making and designing a photobook. So if you know a designer, publisher, printer or a place that does all that kind of stuff at once please put me in contact so we can create something GRAND!
I have been pretty quiet as of late with University, getting back into the real world, and now back to University. I have made myself a little promise that I need to sit down a little more regularly and make notes, write this blog, and generally talk about random photographic stuff with the world as I have been feeling quite alone.
The image above is titled ‘A Study of Study’. A collection of the books and documents I have been reading as of late to improve my idea and research skills about my own photographic practice. I made the image in hopes it would convey the power of importance of learning and reading, as well as give a representation of the amount of work people don’t realise goes into making a photographic series and body of work. It’s almost impossible just to point a camera at anything anymore and call it ‘Art’ or even try to pass it of as ‘Narrative’ unless you can truly identify and show a process of understanding the reasons you pressed the button in the first place.
Knowledge is Power
Well I hope all is going well, and your all having a bunch of fun! As for me, it’s just getting super busy with projects on the start.
I have two major ones at the moment about to commence and it will be taking up a lot of my time , so posting might be a little intermittent over the next few months.
One of the projects I can’t talk about to much at the moment, mainly because it has become a little bit of a back burner thing and I haven’t thought much about it as of late. The idea is very strong and has a wonderful meaning, but I am struggling with the way I think it is going to look, and how it might be best represented and shot. All this means I will need to test and test and test shoot there hell out of it until I come up with something.
More importantly ‘My Tribe‘ is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. If you haven’t read the proposal just click here, or find the link in my ‘Current Projects’ area. I have started a Facebook Page for everyone to join as well. This will be a continuous fed about the project and how it is progressing. It will also contain the dates and times for the studio sessions to come and have your bicycle rider portrait taken. So if your a part of ‘My Tribe‘ go like the page and keep an eye on your in box for more information!
When you can decide on an image, make two copies and see which one you like best I suppose.
I can’t decide on which one I like better. The Black and White has the Old World class of a classic image, yet the blue toned one seems to have more depth and a little more mystery about it.
I went to a lovely talk on Saturday at MGA.
Rod McNicol is currently exhibiting “Momento Mori” at MGA. It’s running till the 31st August so please pop in and take a look.
Rod McNicol’s portraiture is quite amazing. His very unique style makes for photographs that draw you very deeply into the gaze, yet the amount of information is kept to a very bare minimum. His sitters are generally sitting square to the camera in a head and shoulders frame, and stare blankly and very directly into the camera. There is a sensation in almost every image that you the viewer are peering into the eyes trying to find a connection, the sitter in the image is doing the same to you. You walk the exhibition space and start to feel a little paranoid about these people staring directly at you, not speaking and just observing. The images seem to have a ‘cruel tenderness’ about them. By that I mean there is a ‘cruel’ hardness and formalness in the image. The sitter not smiling and square to the camera having their image taken like they were to appear as a mug shot on television; then you look deeper into the image and the ‘tenderness’ of the sitter starts to come through and steals your breath just slightly as you connect to them.
Please visit the gallery and take a closer look for yourself. These images will stop you in your tracks.
Shooting film gives some very happy mistakes sometimes, and when you use a super cheap plastic camera and cheap film, these results are even better.
This image was shot using my Holga 120 N, a very cheap plastic camera and lens from a bygone era. They have made a very big comeback in the Hipster revival of all things low fi.
On a camera like the Holga, if you don’t turn the advance wheel you will take a picture over a picture. These double exposures can make wonderfully beautiful images of shapes and colour if controlled correctly. As I use black and white film mostly we can ignore the colour reference, but the odd shapes and textures produced are something to be amazed by.
Here is my final reflection of my time in Turnbull Alley. I might change the writing a little, but I think it’s quite fitting.