Thursday, 19 December 2013

The Looking Game

A serial killer and amateur photographer currently imprisoned in the Death Row: Rodney Alcala. An alias he adopted while on the run from the police: John Berger, as the famous British art critic.
Starting from this coincidence, The Looking Game explores the once-secret archive of pictures taken by Alcala and sets up a series of connections with Berger’s words, which are used in the book as a framework to read the pictures from a different perspective. The book provides an unusual take on the photographic medium, creating a work that calls into question the act of taking pictures as well as the reproduced image starting from the question: “What makes these ordinary pictures so unsettling?”

The serial killer Rodney Alcala was active between the late 60s and the 70s. His pictures were found by police only in 2010 in a storage locker in Seattle. With the exclusion of the most explicit ones, they were made available online in hopes that the public could help identify the persons pictured. On January 2013 Rodney Alcala received an additional 25-years to life sentence.

The Looking Game is the first installment of “The Subnarratives“, an ongoing project by Mirko Smerdel and M.F.G. Paltrinieri. Taking the shape of a series of case studies, the aim of the collaboration is to investigate the characteristics and nature of photographs as documents and the relationship with the story they tell.

Visual Influences

A good example of a shooting plan with visual influences from different photographers used as inspiration before the Birmingham Trip shoot. This is a good template for your planning stages before each shoot in your sketchbook. 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Art3 - sketchbook reflection

A general guideline of what to put in your sketchbook for each shoot:
  • Shooting Plan - what, why, where, how, when.
  • Visual influences - some photographic examples demonstrating your shooting plan ideas. A good example of a shooting plan with visual influences below. 
  • Contact sheets annotated with good and bad images
  • 4-6 best images printed on photo paper and reflected on. Print any bad images on normal paper and reflect on them
  • Experimentation with layout and/or photoshop skills if applicable
  • Evaluation of shoot - what are your key areas of development and strengths you will take forward to your next shoot.

REPEAT the above for each shoot

Framing and Composition

Thursday, 12 December 2013

James and Karla Murray - An Urban history

Vertical Horizon by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze landed in Hong Kong for the first time in 2009. While living in the Yau Tsim Mong area, he became fascinated by the heterogenous character of the city’s urban spaces, with modern buildings side-by-side among traditional tong lau. Driven by an ever-stronger curiosity, he began an intensive exploration of the city, trying to capture its diverse atmospheres. Eventually, he realised that the sole common aspect of all these places was the awe one feels when gazing up at the sky between the huge buildings.

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Sleep Walk, Sleep Talk by Suki Chan

Sleep Walk, Sleep Talk is an series of images created by artist Suki Chan. The work is currently on display at the Tin Type Gallery in Londons, Bethnal Green. The body of works concept surrounds peoples journey to and from work and how we spend that small amount of free time we have. It concentrates on the routine of daily capatalist life and Sleep Walking/Talking that we can develop once exposed to a certain routine for a over exposed amount of time. From sleeping on public transport to walking with out thinking where your going but still getting to the correct place. The Exhibiton is free to air!

Chris Marker- Passengers

Chris Marker-Passengers captures both very private moments between friends or lovers and extremely awkward moments between strangers. The documenting of people commuting on public transport presents us a extremely un-natural environment. Total strangers so close to each other that maybe the last person who has been so close to them would only be there wife or husband, girlfriend or boyfriend. The project shows us a selection of images captured by chance. The one question I would like to ask Marker is how did he find taking photos of people/strangers in such close proximity and would this not create a un-natural bias effect on the subject? Or were these images taken secretly without the subject knowing?

Chris Marker- Passengers

Chris Marker- Passengers

Chris Marker- Passengers

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

ART1 - Evaluation for Birmingham Short Story

  • what did you do successfully? 
  • what were your strengths (technicaly/compositionally/conceptually/lighting) and what areas do you need to improve on and why?
  • What technical problems did you encounter and how did you resolve these issues? 
  • How and why did your artist research connect to your ideas? 
  • How have you demonstrated the conventions of the sub genre you were photographing? How or what would you improve on, illustrate your points with your images

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Everybody Street

Another great piece of inspiration when looking at street photography and a great insight into documentary work

It is also worth searching 'Everybody Street' on Youtube as there are more interviews with individual photographers

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Sarah Garrett - Winner of the Arbury Rotary Young Photographer of the Year award

Lost by Sarah Garrett

 I have taken a series of photos based on people’s lives. I have called my body of work ‘Lost’ as the people I have photographed have all had a big part of their lives taken away from them. In my portraits I have created a concept of vulnerability and how people can seem happy and full of life but in reality they are hiding and masking away something that has truly hurt them; almost as though they don’t want it to be reality. The topics are very sensitive, which by looking at the subject’s you would not know what is suffocating and drowning out their emotions. I feel the lighting represents a contrast of how the same person can be living two lives: the one they portray and the one they feel.  

All entries will now go on exhibition at Bedworth Civic Hall.  Presentation of prizes is scheduled for next Friday 13 December at the Civic Hall.