Thursday, 28 November 2013

Digital Photography Evening Course

So on the evening course so far we have experimented with light painting, studio portraits and using natural and ambient light sources for portraits. Here are some of the great examples produced so far by the group:

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Documentary Photography


Birmingham timelapse from 7inch cinema on Vimeo.

Student work influenced by Derek Fairbrother

Student documentary project on her family - final outcome ideas

Some Cities - Photography of Birmingham

Ahead of the Birmingham Trip next week check out this fantastic website that is asking for submissions on images from Birmingham. See below for more detail:

Some Cities is asking you to submit your favourite photographs, taken in the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom for publication here on our website.

By uploading your images you agree that you are the copyright holder of the photograph and that you are giving us permission to publish it here, on our other social networks as well as within our and The University of Birmingham’s evaluation process of this project.

The University of Birmingham may wish to screen your images on their digital touch-tables in the new Library of Birmingham. You will be consulted be this occurs.

 To find out more and submit your images go to:

Friday, 15 November 2013

Jonathan Bielaski - portraits of people at work

A Study of the Relationship Between Who You Are and What You Do.

“If you’re going to build something, build it right.”

“Every encounter you have with a patient can make a difference in the quality of their life. You better make sure it’s a positive one.”

Elaine O’Neil - Mother and Daughter Posing by Ourselves

In preparation for the phase of life my ten year old daughter, Julia was about to enter, I began to read about the experience of adolescent girls in our culture. In the work of Carol Gilligan and other researchers at Wellesley College's Stone Center, I found the clearest description of the compelling, unmentioned issues of adolescence—loss of voice, loss of identity and loss of connection.
My counter to culture's effect on Julia's self-esteem was to create a project which would allow Julia to present herself as truthfully as she wished, while fostering our sense of connection. I suggested, and Julia agreed that for one year we would meet for a few minutes every day in front of the honoring presence of the camera to make a portrait of ourselves. One end of the living room was converted into our studio, with the windows overlooking the backyard garden serving as our the backdrop. The windows were chosen for their graphic pattern, and a middle sash which would serve as a gauge of Julia's growth. More important was the reference to a specific landscape allowing nature to serve as a metaphor for the impending change in our relationship and in my definition of mother.

Ultimately we met in front of that window for five years, until Julia decided that her 16th birthday was the day upon which the project would end. We rarely discussed how we would pose, choosing to remain independent by relating to the camera. The result is 1,800 photographs in which as Susan Stoops, then curator at the Rose Museum at Brandeis stated, "Julia participated fully, demanding her space and the maintenance of autonomy in order to present herself as she wished." What is also revealed is my need to reassert my autonomy and to reclaim an identity outside of the persona of mother.
See more on the project here:

Alexandre Chamelat

Alexandre Chamelat is a student in photography who comes from the South of France. Today’s article presents a series of beautiful black and white portraits he made of his friends and family using the calotype process and the collodion process. This allows to highlight the details of the skin.

Anthony Cerniello

By taking a photograph of the youngest to the oldest members of the same family, Anthony Cerniello makes this amazing timelapse creating a character from scratch that became imperceptibly older every second. An intriguing and poetic video that traces a life in minutes.

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013: Picture of female jockey Katie Walsh crowned winner

Spencer Murphy has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for a picture of jockey Katie Walsh taken at Kempton Park Racecourse.

The 31-year-old Kent-born photographer was awarded £12,000 in prize money last night at the National Portrait Gallery, where his artwork will be displayed until February next year.
Murphy’s winning shot was created while shooting a collection of jump riders’ portraits for Channel 4’s The Original Extreme Sport campaign.

The photographer said he was keen to include Walsh for her “femininity” and “toughness of spirit”.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Pink & Blue Project by Jeongmee Yoon

This project explores the trends in cultural preferences and the differences in the tastes of children (and their parents) from diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as gender socialization and identity. The work also raises other issues, such as the relationship between gender and consumerism, urbanization, the globalization of consumerism and the new capitalism.

More info here: