Monday, 28 April 2014

Exam rules AS/A2

What to include in an artists statement?

Answer the following questions;

What is the concept of your body of work?
Why are you producing it?
How is it personal to you and your life?

Use contextual information and writing style to raise interest in this subject matter. Use past experiences or stories to engage people. You have defined the subject as personally interesting to you, the concept might be alien to the audience but your artist statement should ensure the person reading it will desire to explore your images and subject matter further.

Peter Dench does this extremely well in his artist statement introducing his body of work "Drinking of England" read this here:

Photographer Taryn Simon's example: 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Postcards from America by Magnum Photography

Yesterday I went to a Photographers talk by Bruce Gilden, where he showed some great street portraits he's recently shot as part of Magnum Photography's 'Postcards from America' series. 

The man himself is very bolshy, feisty and brash, but i guess if you've grown up with alcoholics and been a drug addict whilst trying to be one of the worlds best street photographers you might be also. A really fascinating and engaging talk with some vivid and beautiful portraits. 

For more on Bruce Gilden go to:

Watch him in action here:
Bruce Gilden "Head On", presented by British Journal of Photography from Olivier Laurent on Vimeo.

Bruce Gilden - Postcards from America, Magnum Miami from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

For more on the postcards of america series go to: or

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Stretch and challenge form

A0 Boxes WJEC say…

What candidates have written in boxes beneath A0 headings will show how thoroughly they understand the AO’s and how well they have planned their responses to them.

Contextual understanding – Briefly- state who you researched and describe what their concepts are and how it will inform your idea/exam question you have chosen.You must evidence how your contextual/conceptual research is focused.

Creative making – How have you considered, experimented and refined your use of camera, lighting and post production. Describe your process throughout shoots and give examples of refinement.

Reflection – Discuss project intentions briefly and how reflection helped refine your work. Give one past example of a fault you noticed when analysing your work which you did not realise when shooting that you put right next time. You may wish to mention how your intentions have not changed but your medium has.

Personnel Presentation – How will your work meet your intentions? What is your presentation plan and why?

Stretch and challenge box- How did you stretch and challenged your approach to this unit in-particular   This work should be the best work you have completed.

 For example you may wish to mention how you have applied contextual information to your artist research to inform your conceptual knowledge and enrich your own project.
How will you advanced your use of camera/lighting/editing and shoot preparations/planning. 
How have you increased your presentation ideas to enhance audience engagement.