You know me, bright ideas just pop in to my brain.
I’m currently working on a new side project which will encourage me to begin writing about photography. My plan is to begin writing up articles around the areas that I am studying for my course as well as anything that I find intertesting. Hopefully it’ll be something new and interesting for the new year
Yet to be named I shall drop a link once it is all up and running!
This summer will be all about the personal projects!
I need to fall in love with photography again after the last few weeks. I also need to start on a portfolio of sorts. and begin to market myself -website, business cards that kinda thing. and make contacts. and the list goes on but I’ll stop.
I really enjoy reading your blog - I just wanted to ask why you decided to go to Berlin? as I find it quite a fascinating city personally
Firstly thank you for following me! That is a huge compliment I never know if anyone is listening! I actually went to Berlin as part of a field trip with my university. Our project at the time was entitled ‘The City’ and we got to choose whether to go to Berlin or stay and focus on somewhere in the UK. Surprisingly you didn’t have to ask me twice to go to Germany, I’ve never been before. Berlin has such an interesting past in terms of becoming a city, going through changes and then obviously the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany all adds up to the perfect place to photograph ‘The City’.
I found Berlin to have a very nice vibe, a weird vibe at times but nonetheless a good one. I think it would be very interesting to live there as a young person the area we stayed in seemed very refreshing and alive. I’d happily go back for a better explore it was a brilliant week! I have a few more days to blog about so stay tuned for the next installment!
I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and created myself a little page for people to check out and keep updated on the kind of work I am making. It’d mean a lot to me if anyone would ‘like’ it and/or comment on my photos. Cheers!
‘Project Unbreakable' by Photographer Grace Brown is social photo-project which aims to help victims of sexual abuse. I discovered it whilst reading an article on the Guardian’s website and think it is a brilliant project.
The project involves victims of sexual abuse writing the words they remember their attackers speaking during their attacks and holding them up to the camera. This project is something which really inspires me as it is about people. One of the reasons I decided to study photography is that, in the short time I have been photographing, I have met people that otherwise I would not know. A project as raw and emotive as Brown’s really inspires me as the project is about helping others through the medium of photography and less about the resulting photographs.
Many of us can take a nice photograph but when all is said and done have we really done anything worth celebrating? Hopefully in the future I will be creative and confident enough to pursue projects like this that have a wider meaning and raise awareness or help others.
Over at PetaPixel, one of my favourite photography blogs, Dullaway’s images have caused a little bit of a storm after they were shown in this original article. Dullaway has added colour to some of the most iconic images in history as a means to demonstrate her skill and promote her business.
This interests me as since I restored my grandparents portraits earlier this year I have been thinking more about working in this type of field. I think it is undeniable that the artist is skilled in digital manipulation and has obviously worked at this skill to hone it. Despite this the images she presents to us in her gallery, I feel, share mixed results. Images such as the VJ day in Times Square still seem a little fake, the image of the burning monk has a very amateur feel to it but admittedly she conceeds this was her first attempt at colouring a photograph. Alternatively I would argue that the images of the Lange’s ‘Migrant mother’ have produced very life-like results. [Image has recently been removed from her website, I assume for copyright reasons]
Reading through the comments a few points have been raised surrounding these images. Firstly, copyright - Has she infringed upon several people’s copyright by producing these works to promote her business and therefore make money from them. Secondly, does she have the right to re-approprioate someone else’s work altering it without their permission? Does altering such imagery just insult the original artist?
In reference to the first I would argue that yes she probably has. Someone will no doubt try and sue her. Now, the latter, the more interesting debate is whether she has insulted the original artists. If we sat them all down in a room and spoke to them i’m sure they would all say something different and personally I would argue that it is all a matter of opinion. Whilst some marvel at her skill others seem angered at her audacity to do such a thing. In my opinion I think it differs from image to image, adding colour to the images really doesn’t add much in terms of how we understand and perceive the image. One comment states that it add’s ‘humanity’ to the images. This is borderline ridiculous, I can see the humanity and emotion in monotone, just as well as in all the colours of the rainbow.
All I gain from looking at these images is that Dullaway is very talented and could easily make a living from this type of work. Good luck to her but choose less controversial imagery next time!
The medium format camera is something which I had a vague concept of when I came to university. I had heard of them but had not seen, used or held one and so wasn’t sure what their ‘point’ was. As part of the end of my first semester at UCA we were taught how to use these higher quality film cameras in a workshop led by an ‘artist in residence’ Holly Birtles.
Although the session was short and a little awkward at times when we were unable to think of any further questions to ask I found it very enlightening. The medium format camera refers to film larger than the usual ‘standard’ of 35mm up until the 5”x5” size which is known as large format photography. The reason for the film being larger is so that it produces larger negatives. The larger negatives are then able to create larger, more detailed prints. The resulting images are usually very beautiful even if the subject is not particularly exciting or eye-catching due to the sheer amount of detail captured. I always like to see the light in medium format photography as it just appears different somehow.
The medium format camera is something i’m quite looking forward to using and hopefully i’ll have some resulting pictures uploaded here soon!
Since finding Don McCullin’s book, ‘Unreasonable Behaviour’, amongst my grandfather’s things after he died, I have become somewhat obsessed with his work and the man himself. Now my grandfather was never really an artistic man and definitely wasn’t too interested in photography leaving me to wonder why this had been in his possession. It turns out, upon reading the book, that McCullin was a Finsbury Park boy like my Granddad. As the book is an autobiography my Grandad must have wanted to read about McCullin’s experiences of Growing up in North London in contrast to his own. Touchingly, my grandfather wrote to McCullin and he wrote back, something i’ll keep nice and safe tucked into the spine of this book where I found it.