Saturday, 26 February 2011

The Most important people in the World: Honesty

Stephen 2010 (see banner above)

It took a long time to get closer to Stephen and even then I never really got to know him.  His enthusiasm for the project seemed to grow as did his trust in me.   
More often than not he was thoughtful and in the background. I had to ask him on a number of occasions if I could photograph him.  This image then comes closest to being posed because there was no real alternative.
But then why should that be unusual?  How many people like to have their photograph taken?
This is the darkest image here reflecting deep pools of thought.  What is he thinking?  
I so want him to find the key. 

Friday, 25 February 2011

Todays tutorial

Good feedback from todays tutorial and I learned a lot.  I've a long, long way to go but was very pleased when my relationship photographs were described as real.  Its good to hear that the work is already starting to show what I want.

Uta was right on the button regards working will all age ranges and I've been doing some of that with intentions to expand.  There is value in commenting on relationships in the broadest sense.

Its fantastic being part of a community although I wished I lived in London and could meet up with fellow students.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


.... describes how a friend of his distanced himself when he told him that they were continuing with the pregnancy following diagnosis of Downs Syndrome. He, along with his wife, described this as their only negative experience of having a child with Downs. This image is only appearing on a temporary basis.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Today I'm smiling broadly..

Double celebration today - Perth and Kinross council saw the work I did last year featuring workers in a Walled Garden affected by mental illness and have asked me to photograph dance sessions with a number of people affected by learning difficulties and I'm getting paid !! This is exactly the field I want to work in.

I was also contacted today about the Walled Garden project 'The most important people in the World:Honesty' and the images will be displayed on the video array at the Perth Concert Hall in March 15th during the annual congress of Therapeutic gardening.

It feels great and working through the MA is giving me more confidence to believe in what I do.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Not a trace of guilt......

Relationship shoot this afternoon 200 shots in an hour and not a trace of guilt. Privileged to have been allowed access to Liz and Duncans house. New Edirol worked brilliantly.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Hands up - new thinking required

Going into todays tutorial I made what I thought was an innocent comment about my not using a camera like a machine gun.  Shooting lots and lots of images and then doing a tight edit.  Somehow it didn't seem right to me, it was cheating, it  was random and it was less worthy.  Patrick put me right.  In essence I am producing photographs and photographs look like photographs.  They are not the scenes or subjects themselves. Its only on rare occasions that we see pictures which are absolute representations of the scene. And so then that feeling of pride I had for getting reasonable results from the minimum number of shots was somewhat misplaced and whats more I've been depriving myself of the chance to learn.  Its important I take lots of images for lots of angles in different situations to help me move forward. Its the end result that matters as more often than not the audience have no appreciation of how you got there.

Friday, 11 February 2011

No picking your noses or scratching your b*lls !

Met these fella's in Glasgow as part of the street photography shoot.  The harshest of  light, yes thats my shadow, but what a laugh we had.  Especially when I told them "If you pick your noses or scratch your balls the photos stop" !! Only in Glasgow?

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Anthropology is probably key for me

The lecture with Elizabeth Edwards was excellent and I've decided to try and include the basics of anthroplogy in my work.  I think it has to have a beneficial outcome.  I've been in touch with Elizabeth and she tells me that Medical Anthropology which looks at the perception of illness/disease/disability is a rapidly expanding field and she is trying to connect me with somebody in the field. I wrote to Gillian Rose and she has very kindly sent me the chapter on photo essays from the new edition of her book visual methodologies which won't be out until November.  People are incredibly helpful and I think time invested should result in a better output.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Burning with Desire - Geoffrey Batchen

Managed to finish the course reading tonight and so glad I did.  I found it pretty hard going until the subject changed to the advent of digital imaging and that really helped me get a sense of priorities.  Realised that I'd actually been pretty angry about 'my subject' becoming a little less special through it becoming more accessible and more open to manipulation. Never appreciated this kind of material was out there and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Downs Syndrome project update

Contacted a celebrity who has a relative with Downs and he has very kindly agreed to be photographed.  Looks like happening in May and I'm stoked by the whole idea. I was stunned and delighted by the speed at which he got back to me - that makes him a top geezer. I'm sure William (below) and his Mum would agree.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Dexter in NYC

Bit of a failed session this.  I'd decided to photograph the driver that picked me up from the airport as part of the People at Work assignment.  The restrictions on ISO, the motion of the car and the extreme light differences from inside to out made it very difficult.  I waited until inside the city when the outside light was marginally reduced.  The project for me never made the cut but when I looked back at the raw files tonight I quite like this one and the one following. Captures Dexter and I like the positioning of the flags and the yellow cabs which place him in New York City.  The pillar box crop compliments the vista. I like the light on his face which emphasises his stare.

I also quite like this second image.  I wanted to capture the hairs on and position of Dexters hand.  His hand is hooked over the wheel showing boredom, routine, familiarity. His crooked little finger mimics the twig like stalk of the indicator stem. He's done this many times.

I had one hour to spare before my meeting and so Dexter dropped me at moma and I ran through the women in photography exhibition.  I wished I had time to spend dwelling on classic images by Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange and others.  I could easily have missed my meeting. It was quite a day to be one day.