Alone, you call. ANYONE!!!
Alone, you call. ANYONE!!!
Photography by Mark Paulda
Tube; a hollow, usually cylindrical body of metal, glass, rubber, or other material, used especially for conveying
or contains liquid or gases.
The 1863 the first tube opened in London, the District and circle line. Now it runs like an artery through length and breadth of London. The above Dictionary description describes it well ‘conveying or containing liquids or Gases‘ A smell and special dirt all of it own and a heating system all of it own. Artists have often taken influence in the underground Photographer George Rodger to the Sculpture work of Henry Moore with his cramped twisted torso of blitz sheltering families. I stumbled upon Mark Paulda’s work on Twitter. The collection of his work in London is totally breathtaking. Mark captures the grit and inner beauty of the growl of London. His underground work however for me stands on the merits of it own two feet. You can almost hear The Jam’s Down in a tube station at midnight playing in these images ” the dissident echos of far away voice boarding far away trains”.
The image I have picked to look before you check out his site was a difficult choice. However the relevance of the image was all the square tiles on the wall for me. They made me think about all the information that passes through and around us a we move. Card Transactions emails phone calls… The use of infinity in the images shows the endless struggle of life on the commute. A sense of isolation and tranquility are also captured in the image. It also captures the distortion that can find while sat on the train and thinking ‘oh i can change at this stop’ and 10 mins later you are still walking in the control of the underground…
Many questions are asked in the search for why we photograph, Steven Shore ,Robert Adams, Diane Arbus to name a few. I want to look at Roland Barthes thought process in Camera Lucida “A specific Photograph, in effect, is never distinguished from its referent (from what it represents)” The use of the prop (the clock) changes the feel of the image and how we engage it. Barthes also talks about it being a mathematical impossibility to recreate an image twice.
Following on from yesterdays comments about the truth in an image. I was asked to photograph myself at the 11.11.11@11:11:11 as part of a project. In this image my clock is the cattle skull (please see http://wp.me/pNIdU-jY). This images gives us many answers to the why. All be it not the best image taken we see it was taken for the Binary date. So bar name (me) and location (Mochdre) we has a lot a justification for the capture of this image: date, time, moon cycle & weather A time capsule for that second never to be captured again
Tarmac makes the face grow warmer…
This month saw the start of the creative futures talks. having only found out it was on the night before on Facebook at 9.30pm was somewhat disappointing. The first lecture in our guide to entrepreneurship was by a lady called Trisha Jones. She was a ceramics and made mosaics. I guess she was inspiring to some people once you got past the front of my life’s so great. Her work was nice but she didn’t have much of a clue on pricing her jobs. I didn’t find her empowering at all. I guess it shows that anyone can make a good go of it once they focus on the task ahead. The great point that she dis raise was if you subscribe to artist news letter you get 5 million public liability.
The second talk was from Land Artist Sean Curley. He was really cool and inspiring and he never took his bag off his shoulder. Sean had a real just get out there and do it approach to his work. Curley described how he did his first project in Glynllifon. Where he was helping out. through his enthusiasm he ended up completing the project as the head of it. He talked about his vision pantisocracy; a utopian environment where everyone is equal. He said that we should always get a good project manager involved with project on your side. so they can recommend you to people. He recommended looking at Safle cbat and celfwaith for options of getting commissions and funding.
The third talk of the day was by Dr John Parkes from the Welsh assembly. He came to tall about Copyright trademarks and a branding. He discussed intellectual property. Intellectual property means you have the legal monopoly of the product. John parkes described it as if you walked into a car in the street you would not own it. He went on to describe that all our work is copyrighted. To prove its your own you can post a sealed copy to a bank or solicitor. Your Copyright covers your for the image not to be reproduced by other people without your permission. You also have Moral rights of your work so you can stop people using the work if you see it unfair. There is no fee for copyright and it only lasts for 70 years. Copyright on broadcasted things is for 50 years.
The second set of lectures where very good. They featured Welsh Photographer Terry Morris, Sid Madge and Shona Hambleton. The talk by Sid Madge was unreal it was so fluid. if he had been selling something id have bought it. He gave a great insight into how we take logos etc for granted. He talked about how the Harley Davidson logo was bigger than the actual brand itself. How we Most people don’t actually Know what intel looks like but we now that when we hear the tune the machine has intel inside. The Sony Brava sold itself on the advert with the balls bouncing down the street in San Francisco using the visuals of marketing to sell it self before anyone had seen the tele. Coke and iPod use the design of their products to sell as they are so iconic. The brand of Coca Cola is worth 70 billion ponds. Sid Madge went on to discus how the internet was a positive thing rather than the negative press it gets. Ebay Dell and google all embraced the net and the companies have risen by 18%. Social Media is Know bigger than Porn on the internet. Facebook would be the 4Th. biggest country in the world off its users. The music industry has very forward thinking ideas to market themselves. Radiohead released their last album in Rainbows where the fan could pay what they saw fit for the album The average people payed a $8. Jimmy eat World are the for runners of using the twitter site. However the dark side of most companies do not associate with three keys words Love Loyalty and passion. I really connected with this having just left Jessops Apple try to direct themselves of all three of those words. hence the apple customer service experience in their shops. I have witnessed this hence me crumbling and know owning a I mac. Apple as the with other well-respected company’s work on the ethics of a good idea, true to their values and the brand itself is the drive.
Terry Morris Talk was an Experience. I think only someone from Wales could have come in and hit the ground running like he did. He passed on the power and told us he was the savvy person sat in the corner with a dell computer that was faster than any mac in the room with £500 left in his pocket. You started to sit there and question who is this strange Maverick before us. Then on telling he charges £10,000 per photo shoot and the list of people he works with you kind of crumbled that you had like many been caught in the mass consumerism of the apple brand. Terry was true to his minimalist approach with no use of entourage at photo shoots and his lack of love for his camera which to him was just a toll of the trade. He sees it like a chisel to a stone mason. I Was lucky to have lunch with Terry Morris. He was very encouraging and positive. He was saying when approaching people to be commissioned always approach the top the managing directors have access to what they wont funding wise.
Shona Hambleton from the tax office had a hard job to follow the previous two talks. She did this however amicably sadly without much interaction from the crowd. I have done some basic business stuff so this was very refreshing. The idea of setting a separate 30% savings account to cover tax and national insurance was very good.
To be continued
The creative futures week was soon upon us this was a week of talks by professionals and post graduates. I attended the monday where we went to focus on image in birmingham. On the Monday of creative features a group of us went down the Focus event at the Birmingham NEC. This is a trade show open to the Public. There is a range of products available for whatever your discipline. Having been to the event several times i knew what to expect so i had planned what i wanted to see while i as down there. It’s always a very busy affair with many types of people. I have a strong representation from the Camera club world and is a very male dominated event. I spoke to two different insurance companies about getting cover for my camera equipment they wherePhotoguard insurance and Snap insurance. I did feel they was going for the hard sell. but it is a good place to start looking for other information. On the hp stand i had a go at their new template for making canvases. You print your image onto canvas. Cover it with a satin gloss or matt coating. Leave it to dry than line up your canvas with the wooden frame. staple the top edge by pulling it tight towards you. Fold the corners over then cut a little from underneath. Staple that down. Know you start to use the canvas dragging tool. The finished canvas should end up nice and tight like a drum. We went to watch a display of lighting on the bowens stand this was done by Christian Hough
I sent him this email as i was so inspired by his work: Hi Christian, Im a third you creative lens degree student at glyndwr University. I watched your 1pm presantation on the Bowens stand on Monday. I found your presentation really empowering and inspiring. You had such a clear way of putting your vision across. Your lighting on your website images is beautiful great control and shadows. Thanks you was defiantly a highlight of the trip to focus for myself. Keep up the excellent work Cheers Alan
The best stall for me again was sony. They create such an impression every year at Focus. They had this really inventive idea of having a cat walk with all there cameras from big to small to sly to video camera. It just looked so impressive. I also got talking to Margret Salisbury on the photo speed stand. She is very high up in photographic circles. I had a good chat with her and give her one of my invites.
I think on the whole the trip to focus was worth while. We did however have to rush around the last section which was a shame. I feel really confidant after coming away from it. Which is a first. I normally directionless after visit.
On the Wednesday the first talk i went to was by Sue Jeffries a producer from S4C. I found her really motivational from the start. she was putting the question right back at the audience from the start. asking what we wanted to do. I felt nervous at this which was a good thing a s i dont know what i want to do. I am interesting in getting into filming but asking the question i was not aware of all the avenues there was to go down. From what she said i feel my strengths are organising and motivating so i guess the producing title fits my job description. I will hopefully get in touch with smaller companies in the area to see about work. she discused the 12 subsectors that are available to work in. tv film radio animation commercial games multimedia corparte post production and photo imageing.
Sue also did the second lecture on C.v’s as she works for skill set media. she described how people forget to see lthemselves in a c.v she did a really good demonstration with differnt examples of what was right and wrong with peoples cv’s applying for jobs.
In the afternoon i caught a setion on motivation by Denise Chilton. i found this interesting even though im very self motivated. her description of people was body lanuguage was really good and that the body changes on every move. i feel i understand a little more what it is that motivates us. you need to set goals of where for and why you are trying to motivate. This can be done by using Mozlows Hirachey of Needs.
On the thursday i went to watch Phil Barretts talk. Im still not sure why he was giving a lecture!
The second meeting i went was very productive if not a little drab from Engage in comunity arts team. They work out of Wrexham Oswastry area. They where really posative and wanted to get people involved in what they was doing. I sent them A email to find about more of the things they do.
A good article on what i would probably say is one of my favorite photographers. The article discus how america has changed in the 50 years of his work. I think the thing with america im fast learning is the british see it as san francisco new york the white house and the Jay Leno show. we forget about all the bits in the middle. it’s not all lip gloss and long legs. The deprivation in areas is well hidden many area showing little of evolving to the modern set. Eggleston ability to capture the mundane to most document a time dna to almost conjured set of his location. His work will forever turn a head as it looks so fresh with it sparking colours.
I was approached by Lucy Jones in the Careers centre to undertake a short project documenting Lambing Season in In the property on the Farm at erddig. I really wanted to do a strong documentary peace in the short time scale. Hopefully the image i have taken show this. The images are to be projected in the reception to get people to walk over to the farm. The projector did not work on the sat so i had to display them on a laptop
So after getting in touch with Lucy Jones we had varoius email conversations shown below
Would you like to get involved with this fantastic opportunity to get involved with The National trust and Sontley farm..
This is great opportunity for you to improve your CV, develop a project, build contacts and networks, improve existing skills, share skills, make new friends. Get out in the fresh air, witness nature first hand, be part of a team. Volunteer in beautiful surroundings, have their work seen by the public and so much more!
In the first instance the farm and the National Trust will require someone to take photos of the day’s events as they unfold. This will include photos of the lambing, the public interaction, the surroundings and capture the whole feel and excitement of the event.
Then you will need to get the photos down to Erddig house to be uploaded onto a computer which will then be projected for the visitors to enjoy.
It’s up to you how the day can be documented, I’ve highlighted a few in the below flyer!
Don’t delay get in touch with Lucy
Have a look at this link http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-events/w-events-find_event.htm
This is the event that is happening at Erddig.
This the brief we have been given.
Erddig Lambing Weekends
This year for the first time Erddig is collaborating with one of its onsite working farms to allow visitors to attend the farm and see the live lambing that takes place every year.
Visitors that arrive at Erddig will buy their ticket to attend the farm. They can then choose to take a 10 minute walk to the farm along a footpath or pay extra to have a carriage ride to the farm. When at the farm, visitors will be able to see ewes giving birth, bottle feed the lambs, watch the cattle being fed and milked, take part in children’s craft activities, see and touch the other animals that make up the farm such as piglets, ducklings and chicks.
The idea of the lambing weekends is to show people what farming really involves, get across the idea of ‘Field to Fork’ and give people of all ages the opportunity to have a hands on experience of a farm in action. There are four dates: – 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th. The farm will be available from 10 – 4pm.
We would like involvement from Glyndwr University in order to put in a live link between the farm and the main hall. The idea of this link is to show people what is going on at the farm to try and entice them to visit. This link could be via video, photography e.t.c. The more creative the better! Preparation will need to take place prior to the event and in conjunction with the staff team at Erddig.
We have discussed with them that this live link might be a slide show of still images on a loop due to the time constraints.
Calon FM have been involved and are putting out a show on Wednesday about the event but we need some photos.
I will give you a call shortly to see what you think.
Thank you for your enthusiasm for this project.
I hope you get the kind of experience and career development opportunity that you are hoping for at Erddig on Saturday.
The contact at Erddig is… I have left her a message to let her know that you are going along to Erddig on Saturday.
So that I can pay you some travel expenses please register your details with GO Wales.
Any problems give me a shout my mobile is
So here is where im up to on this project. We have just done our Auditions. Meet the team: the face of Glyndwr Resonance Film Project http://bit.ly/g498Y1
Striking while the irons hot is not always great in the long run. Did paris Fail or did i Fail Paris?
Judge for yourself!
Paris Photo 2010 at this moment in time feels like The Clash Signing to Capitol Records. Did they or did they not sell out. Am i more wiser to the whole corporate side of the photo extraordinary. Thing at the back of my mind was Brighton Biennial was better. I noticed a few things the main one being the amount of adverts in the book you get on the door. I just seemed to be embracing the dollar rather than the dergenotype.
The first thing to catch my eye was the work of Mitch Epstien the image taken from his American Power series. The image was a large aluminium A-0 print. It showed some kind of NYPD look out/guard. Who’s blue uniform stuck you first in the images darkness. He was looking out through his binoculars this creates the first sense of unease in the image. Your eyes then pull to the large sweeping stairs behind the officer. Giving you a sense of scale of what the man is in power of. Last of all you are pulled to the pump-action shot-gun on the table. This the smallest item in the image is the shock factor. Showing how Epstien try’s to document the people in the land of the free who hold the power. I Found a wonderful set of images by Eve Susman.
She had taken the standard from the car window shoot that has been familiar over the years. I thought Sussmen had just taken advantage of the the tinted windows in the car until we seen one of the image was polarized at the top with the over exposed at the bottom. A good solid set of images pushing a standard topic of shooting through a window.
I guess when the above image was taken it may not have had the social impact that we Know associate with the World Trade Centre so i guess i can only talk about how i viewed the image. I just found the bird linking the two buildings so powerful.The thought of flight taken the the total juxtaposition we visualize today. Th gray of the images add to the distant memories people see unfold. Raymond Depardon work of almost isolation of houses in amongst a clutter of streets pulling through the individuality and craftsmanship of french architecture. I think Depardon for me a massive type of the hat of what im trying to achieve with my Maps: empty Spaces project
jessica backhaus beautiful im age of a wet empty tennis court
is simplistic and beautiful in many ways. the images although taken on wet miserable day still has a relaxing reflective feel to it. The clever use of the green enhances the lack of foliage on the tree. This possibly reduces some of the negativity the image may have is it was showing the sky in it as well.
Tom Hunter‘s work he is structured around the classical paintings of the past. He works his own modern-day interpretation by recreating the painting in a modern ay setting. I’m not sure where i stand with this process but if nothing else its clever and his use of retitling his image defiantly ads and give it credibility.
It was really nice to see Richard Billinghams image of himself, young child and father. Who was documented in the book rays laugh where billingham documents the troubles yet strong love of his father and mother in the difficult life conditions of their Birmingham tower block accommodation.
For me this image brings closure of what happened after the book(as shown Above). The book almost leaves you with a lump in your throat at the deprivation. Some again may see this as exploitation, taken advantage of a inn cohesive alcoholic. When putting the images into context I guess people find this as way to coupe with how they have been brought up in the world.
Mike brodies work of cross processed images was a full set of images showing a group of punks in America. Just so powerful in an undesirable state of anarchism. The Nihilismtic feel that goes with the full body of work transcribes itself to almost a feel of the Mad Max films.
I was disappointed with my under par performance or maybe I’m just getting more refined in my old age. I would say my favorite body of work was exquisite was the exhibition of Andre Kertesz life works
I always try to push and push to find everything out there but i would say most photographers have very little expression on how a capture scene subject or situation. I think from my collection of images below Kertesz has successfully infiltrated the mass random canvas of my mind…
Kurtesz was quoted as saying
“Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d’être. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d’être, which lives on in itself.“
raison d’être meaning reason for existence was written in the exhibition. I think this is a very powerful statement i find it hard to break it down but to me it just makes sense in the way that i capture things. I don’t know why I do it I just do. Hopefully that doesn’t sound like a cop-out from breaking it down. Kertsez work seem like image of fine art they are so tight in there composition.
So im yet to decide if Paris 2010 will stand as an iconic moment in photographic journey. I was really disapointed to miss out on the Gaza W
Exhibition thats was in the french museum of modern art. I feel this would have given the trip a nice full stop in my mind. Every i have gone in the past ive ended on a peach of an exhibition the first year it was Lee Miller then Last year it was Robert Frank Diane Arbus and Henri Carier Bresson. I just didn’t feel any excitement which gallery’s often create for me.
I have been approached by the head of All Saints Upton Primary School in Widnes Cheshire Janette Forest to compile a book of the school before it closes and the children move to a new school. To coincide with this there will also be an open night for past teachers and pupils. I helped construct a invite for to the specification of Janette. I found this a little restrictive because i had no creative control of the invite
Ive got a few ideas for the book but im really going to work on the fly with it and see what happens
The idea with the book was to get into the school and capture a day. Showing the pupils in classrooms and capturing anything of relevance to my own eye from my time there. The photographs would culminate with me taking pictures in the open night, well that was the plan? I thought it would be important to give the book relevance in the same way Robert Frank did with the Americans. He had his foreword written by Jack Kerouac. so I got a foreword from Janette Forest the head teacher:
When I heard that Halton’s Primary Capital Project bid had been accepted and we were to have a brand new building, I was delighted. Since Upton County Infant School and All Saints Junior Schools had amalgamated in 1997, we had operated in two buildings, both in need of modernization and failing to meet the demands of education in the 21st Century.
Children, staff, governors and partner agencies worked with the architects to design our new school and we we’re all excited when the building works began in January. At the time it seemed that completion was a long way ahead, but here we are with only a few weeks left in our “old” school.
It was lovely to see so many of our ex staff, friends and pupils, many of whom I hadn’t met before, at our “last look round”; and it was interesting hearing all their stories.
I expect I shall shed a tear when the doors close on our old buildings for the last time, as I too have many happy memories, but I look forward with enthusiasm and feel privileged to share in the next chapter in the life of All Saints Upton.
Not be out done i wrote a poem to my time in the school and the fact in perfect juxtaposition i was coming back to photograph inside the last days of the school:
A storm rolls in,
To the still fresh-faced bricks and mortar.
Twisted and confused,
Spat out from an enforced lack of interest,
Apparent stability and the warm current cools the wind.
The kind you would see,
Gently blow tumbleweed along a dusty road,
The occasional bump of turbulence influencing it’s direction.
Many years on,
The wind has now dropped,
And returns like an Indian Summer,
Yet the winding road draws to a close,
Soon to be gone like some of it’s characters,
Who in the prevailing breeze of change won’t be forgotten?
I never went to the infant school so I did not plan in capturing i’m ages in there. I just wanted to concentrate on the idea of the juniors full and empty and as stated above. I was told I had to do in the infants, as due to school politics it would have started world war three had I left them out. I captured the young people at assembly in both school and got the all to stand up. I was given the greatest introduction maybe ever delivered in that hall. My old teacher told this to the children. She explained that when I was in the school I wasn’t the best behaved but I never gave up and know I’m in university. I was thinking to myself “you best stop I’ve got to speak in a minute”. I took two pictures in each one of the children waving and one of them hands at their side and the same with the infants.
So there we where the evening upon us! My crowning moment…
Crash it shattered it was going to be in both schools how was I going to get my group shot. I really was torn that my plans where falling before me. To add to this there was lot of under 18 ex pupils at the night. That yes you guest it I didn’t have consent forms for. I just had to bite the built and work for each shot rather than just going round capturing the event.
On entering what was the infant building there was tables out with photos on creating somewhat of a honey trap for people. As the night progressed this is where everyone gathered. So after capturing people looking through the old photos reminiscing. I got the group shot of all the old teachers and dinner ladies. The only down side of the image was the bag in the bottom left corner that had to be removed.
Having captured all the space full I knew I would need to return to the class rooms to fulfill my brief and empty spaces. Showing places where humans had been. I got some really interesting shoots of the empty chairs in class rooms this could be used in my exhibition. The light in the hall was also perfect for the sad feel I wanted people to envisage while viewing. However you will have to buy the book to see them.Heres a selection of the other images.
I wanted to try out blurb for my book as I had heard good reports on the products. There website was really easy use and not complicated. The only problem I had to cut 90 images down to fit into 35 pages. i wanted all the image to be 7×5 on the crop so they would be uniformed in presentation. Also there are a few images i shot in portrait which wasn’t in keeping. Thats why the picture of the tree is on the outside on the dust cover. I got all of the images printed then laid them out and whittled them down that way. I find you get a better flow of what i was trying to create.
The first book i looked at was Robert Frank The Americans. Possibly the most famous photography book in the world. So good ideas for layout. the fact that after the first few pages there is no text was something i wanted in my book let the pictures doe the talking. Other than the change of events from the open night
The Keith Arnet book was a big influence on the way i want my front cover to look. on thing i have learnt is im not a graphic designer so don’t try to be one. I put all my thought into getting my typography right
The layout of the Peter Ludlow book. The last Day of concord was a better way for me to get in the only portrait picture of a tree that i had. Also i could put the comments from the former pupil next to it. As originally planned I didn’t want them in my book.
The simple idea of just putting a name on the book was influenced by my favorite photographer Paul Graham. so hopefully my book will have a bit of everything in.
I have approached the Widnes weekly News to run a article on my work to try and sell some copies of my book. The story will feature a basic break down of what the book is about
I’ve done a picture of Bruce Davidson‘s work before. I thought it was time we had a new one…
I like the section that Diane Arbus talks about Davidson taking much better picture when people look away from his focal point on his camera.
This image is striking with the way the young black man has vote written in white. The black man challenging the white mans ideology that only he can vote. Very brave people. Always staring images!!!