Three Giraffe's and a bonus wild dog
Thursday, 25 March 2010
So, it is to my relief that I have found a nice little internship for this spring. After trawling the internet for a placement of interest, challenge and value I have been accepted to work for theblogpaper.co.uk, this delightfully intimate company works on the basis of, Blogging.
Individuals from all over the world have the opportunity to submit their own blog featuring the things that interest them, then, the online community of theblogpaper, choose the juiciest articles to be published as a free monthly 'supplement'.
This unique paper has a distribution of up to 50,000 copies and is funded entirely by it's advertisement revenue. It will be my job to help with editorial layouts, P.R liaisons for upcoming events, viral marketing and working to bring in advertisement revenue.
Overall I'm really excited, it's a great company with a unique publishing approach and the nature of it's contents allows me, as an individual to be continuously exposed to all things creative.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
'Pipe up at the back, please'
With the beginning of this blog I had all good intentions with my organization and the frequent updating, however, it seems to of run away with me, so... here's the gos' from my antics of late.
I became an official Gala Bingo member, visited my first London attraction, London Zoo, got a snazzy work placement with theblogpaper.co.uk and signed up to give blood.
- All in the name of ART.
Lets start with Bingo.
I have finally experienced the life long ambition that is to play BINGO. The delightful Gala Bingo warmly welcomed a gable of inexperienced bingo girls and boys, we signed up, dilly dadled about, miss
ed the first game (not that we new how to play), befriended a young man, I believe to of been called Graham, and began to battle it out in the Bingo hall.
My illusions of Bingo were violently shattered that night, absent were the little old dears you'd call Granma, replace
d with the indigenous population of Chatham, a frightening lot, there were no ping pong balls with painted numbers being tumbled around, just the delightful Graham calling 'nought and nine, 90', which even with his best effort we all kept thinking was 19, and 'Two fat ladies, 88' wasn't uttered once.
With the introduction of bargain priced alcohol and some excited false calls (plus boo's) the party atmosphere began to flow and we all got the hang of it. Our table won the grand prize of £2.50 and unfortunately lost two potential £5 wins due to some questionable Bingo calls.
- Next time we'll shout loud and proud.
(the coveted Bingo pen: I smoozed mine from the bar staff).
I went to the Zoo and saw the giraffe's, it was fun.
- Marion, Age 21
I am such a goon.
It's quite simple, I just fancied a day out. All and all mine and Faye's little trip was a success, we had a stroll through Regent's Park, saw lots and lots of birds, had lunch, tried some amusing animal masks on, pet some sheep and saw a lion roar, the whole shabang.
I also got to have my photo taken next to the snake tank featured in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, my own personal nerd achievement.
Bingo is an intense and addictive game. And SO worth it.
London zoo is pretty small and the food's expensive but it's quite cool that it's planted in the middle of London.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Finally some very, very recent work courtesy of the Active Image unit, A two part 'Sketch' project consisting of the Global and the Local, and The Man Made and the Natural.
This project created great opportunities to work with two very prominent photographers, Dinu Li and Dan Holdsworth.
The Global and the Local offered a brief that would explore various aspects of globalization and it's personal and political affects.
Dinu Li was a vibrant and enthusiastic person to work with, and he really conveyed to me that it's ok to have the attitude: 'It's my work and if i like it's good enough for me' kind of a 'fuck you' approach.
So I went home and took some pictures of a place called Trevaskas Farm, it's somewhere that as a family I often visit in the summer, it's got loads of land, full of orchards, piggys, a farm shop and restaurant. It's nearly completely self sufficient and encourages people in the local communities to buy fresh locally produced food.
I really wanted to evoke a sense of romanticism in the images and I was greatly influenced by painters such as John Millias and his painting of Hamlets Ophelia and the light quality in the portraits of Johannes Vermeer.
(The Global and the Local 2010)
The second part of the unit was for the Man Made and the Natural, headed by Dan Holdsworth it was suggested by the brief that we explored the project through landscapes. However having not been in the studio for a long time I thought it would be interesting and fun to play with the idea of abstract landscapes. Using man made and natural materials I created black and white abstract still life landscapes.
I used the 5 x 4 format for the project, something which I love, however, what I don't love are 5 x 4 cameras. They frustrate the hell out of me. Maybe I'm just blind but 8/10 I cant see what i'm focusing and the whole sticking your head under a black cloth is an extremely undesirable experience.
But I got at least two, but definitely one successful image out of my day in the studio, so it was worth it and I think I might even try again.
(The Man Made and The Natural 2010)
We like lists. Loads.
Just to show you I can be all professional and jazz here are some pictures from the self curated, self funded and self sustained group exhibition I took part in last December.
Five girls plus power tools, measurements and a LOT of lifting. I admit we did rope a couple of the boys in to carry the wood up and down the stairs.
Trust me it was hard.
TRANSITION: Private View
You can't beat a freebie (a kitsch green table and charming red rug)
This is the result of a painstaking experience, financially, physically and mentally. It wasn't perfect but i'm oh so proud.
A conversation I had with a man on visiting Bromley Skip:
ME: Sorry I was just admiring your carpets.
Man in gold estate car (with lots of carpets): Oh don't worry, help yourself.
ME: Thanks, do you have any that match the colour scheme of this table, Mint green by any chance?
Man in gold estate car (with lots of carpets): Sorry I don't think so but this is my favourite, it's gold?
ME: Thanks but I don't think it's what I'm looking for.
He really was a very nice man.
Sequence and Series (Spring 2009)
These are a series of images I took in the first year of my degree. These images represent a strong turning point in my approach to image making as from this point I have chosen to predominately work with film.
From the unit Sequence and Series, the images stemmed from a desire to photograph nature and the evidence of areas in the British country side that have been manipulated by man to facilitate nature within 'our' (assumed) landscape.
These particular images are taken at my grandparents house in Cornwall, which has a large and varied amount of habitat, preened and pruned sculpted lawns transform into secret gardens.
Monday, 8 March 2010
So to give you something to look at, heres some of my old work.
This is from one of my first major photographic projects and it's really what made me realise I could do this. It's all about Voyeurism, perception and seduction.
These beautifully fuzzy images are digital pin holes. Taken some time in 2007 at Gwithian Beach, Cornwall (where I live).
This is also a picture taken at Gwithian Beach, it's a fluke and I love it.
I don't really have a style or a lifelong subject as I say my tastes are slightly eclectic. I like and take inspiration from everything. Although I will say most of my work has some personal connection to me and a lot of it develops themes of Identity and the construction of it.
Make of that what you will.
(2008)This is me playing with flash and long exposures: something about the flash as a mechanical barrier between myself and nature.
Granny and Grandpa: (2008)
These critters aren't the cute and cuddly kind. But I love them.
Next time I'll show some more recent work.
(first I would like to excuse my spelling and grammar, it can sometimes get a little a squiffy).
This is my first time blogging (as i don't count my one word Facebook rants), and through this lovely blog spot I will (try to) share my photographic antics with you, putting myself out there and what not.
I've been doing this (photography) for nearly 6 years and I still find it tricky. BUT. I love photography and the unpredictable nature of film. I'll pretend I know what I'm chatting about but 9/10 it's just waffle.
So, have a look, have a read and if you like it, tell me what you think.