Robert Adams, controlling empty space…

The work of Roberts Adams is iconic in visual or written text. I’m not trying to push my work in the direction of New-typography. The power Adams commands with capturing of large space is very important. It is critical to the way you approach you work. In time I have come to understand this. For example the two churches I was recently on reviewing the situation after. I didn’t attempt to take a picture in the second empty church. Although it been an empty space and the stronger of the two buildings it felt cluttered. Adams use of space was bold covering what some may see a mundane.

Robert Adams
“East from Flagstaff Mountain, Boulder County, Colorado
1975
Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches

The image of the house with all its procession is beautiful in its perfect composition. A plain picture to most we are given various things to read.We have a House, Garden, door, sky, window, shadows, roof, path and grass.The viewer is almost pulled into to tell the story of what is depicted. Your eyes lead up the path to the door into the lady in the living room. However its not a lady it’s a vase perfectly positioned. The viewer is not clear if any human is present inside the house. The reason I picked the image is that the human form gives it a totally different feel. Your focal point is totally different. There is always a clean crisp feel to Adams work. The dark light, which dominates the image gives it a negative feel overall. The viewer dose not feel invited into the house as well as having little knowledge of what is going on inside the house. Is it empty, is it occupied?

This image by Robert Adams offers a lot less in the way of information but what it does offer is critical. In the image, we have the black building, window, lights, paintings, tops of hedges, blurred trees and the roof. The blurred tree tells us the image is taken in low light with a longer exposure. The bright light peering out of the darkness gives the feel of a family environment. Again Adams places the light and pictures perfect on the divides between the windows. Your eyes are pulled into the shot from left to right to the warm glow of the window.

Concluding on the two images that I have looked at shows the relevant signs that life have on an image. It tot tally changes the viewers opinion of the image. The light been on in the house creates a visual syntax of safety in the darkness. The closed door on the house creates a vision of un-welcomness.

Two points… Photography by Alan Whitfield

I keep my eye wide open all the time because your mine I walk the line as Johnny Cash once sang. From the start of my photography I have always liked my eyes to be pulled into a picture. The visual split second Journey. Where will it take you?

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Chewing gum, Pigeons, cigarette butt…

Your Last Breath #5

Chewing gum, Pigeons, cigarette butt

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Filling My Empty Spaces!

Onward we Stride…
If you wasnt excited you will be after reading this

Well the process was almost complete after nearly 6 months. I was drawing in for the kill the final selection of images. This project has taken me on a journey to many places In North Wales and Cheshire. The ideas of the start are still in place but have along the way changed drastically. Back to the original vision I had in St Peters Square in Rome of these space hold something dear to me, It’s now refined to doors and lack of people. There has been some interesting choices to make?

The first major one for me was to go Black & White, I feel this added power to the images. I also felt the colour was distracting from the message of the tranquillity in the scene. After cutting the work down from 60 images at my mid-term review to the 15. All the portrait images and outdoor shots were removed as myself  thought that this broke the natural flow of the images I planned to work with. There was something still missing. There was two images that didn’t fit for me.

The image of the school and the image of  B&B. I’m a strong believer if it’s not happening no matter how much you love an image bin it. I see flow as much more important than content. If that makes sense. While I really like the two images above they just didn’t fit in. The school image has also been used in the book I produced.  I think I have more than enough quality in other areas to sacrifice this shot. So I was now down to 13 images plus the shot of the B&B room I had all ready printed. I still felt I was missing something to cap it off. To really draw the body of work to a close, personally for me. I had completely forgotten the 3 rolls 120 E6 I had shot in Manchester. So I packaged them up and sent them off to Peak image in Sheffield. The week-long wait was then on. Did this have the image to dot the eyes and cross the t’s.

The package arrived, in the digital age I always feel a slight twinge with my process in using film. Have I pulled the right switches and pressed the right buttons? Slowly I opened the little packet that I had received from Peak. Quickly looked at the black and white 35mm they where all good. The 120 sprang into life with the shafts of out-door sunlight coming into my room. Vivid colours well composed all outdoors which wasn’t using! Then towards the end of the film. There its was the belly of the shark, the light at the end of the tunnel. It was the over pass at Manchester Deans gate station. I just knew this was the image I had to use to knot and fold all the loose ends.

So I now had 14 images that I feel speak for them self (plus the one already printed). The original Image I had done looks good but was low on contrast . so I was mindful of this by putting it through the raw converter. In the end I used the light room program to make the image more punchy. I felt this gave them a more true black. The main thing is the photos all feature a natural light source. This strangely for me gives it a rather biblical feel. At first I was a little unnerved by this but this whole thing did start in St Peters square in Rome. So I see it as coming full circle maybe even completing the journey (for Know)?

My exhibition runs from 15/5/11 until 30/5/11 in Collinge Antiques in Llandudno Junction

 

Creative Features Lectures 2011

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.

Hi Dewi,

I was present for your lecture in Glyndwr University a week or so back. I been to Paris for a week with uni hence the late reply. I did speak to you at the end of the lecture (tall person with Blonde hair). Im doing a degree in Creative lens Media. So i work in Film And photography. You can see my work at www.alanwhitfield.com As i mentioned im also a Youth Worker for Conwy Youth Service. I would be intrested in finding out more in getting involved with you group.
Hope to Speak to you soon
Kind Regards

 

Alan Whitfield
www.alanwhitfield.com
I then went to a Arts Council Wales meeting about funding which i have a good knowledge in. However the presentation Tracy Simpson seemed to tell the group there was nothing available for photography from the arts council. I found her presentation very negative almost like she was trying to deter time wasters.
The best as i knew was saved until last. The wonder that is Terry Morris. After some of the garbage i heard spouted by some of the photographers earlier in the day. This was breath of fresh air (again). Terry went through his images. as members of the audience described which ones they where interested in the background of. He always gives some quips and funny comments of how he got the images. He is so empowering with everything he comes out with. The funny thing in this talk was i’m have always been told to shoot in raw files. Terry says only poor photographers use raw he dosen’t need to hide behind this and gets it right using jpegs. As he said the this the whole group of people i was with looked down the line and smiled at me. One large slice of humble pie for Mr Whitfield coming up.
I mentioned the last time terry spoke. he said to chase the big companies and you will be surprised by the response. I took his advice and i have a possible exciting project coming up for the summer. Terry was really pleased to here this and asked me to keep him posted on his progress.
I felt the whole creative futures experience has been a positive one for me with a good variation of talks. I know feel i can start putting some irons in the fire and see where it takes me. I feel that the sue Jeffries and Terry Morris talks where the best. Maybe this was because they where both Welsh and seem to be good at telling you how the world is rather than baffling with big  words like ones of the talks did.

 

Joel Meyerovitz Talk at Darby Format 2011

I went to Format festival In Darby. This will be the last Space I will visit as it must be full steam ahead with my Exhibition. I went to Format two years ago. The Main Reason was to see a talk by Joel Meyerovitz  the American street  photographer I knew that this would be good to  see but I wasn’t ready for how much of a impact it would have on me. I’m not a fan of modern street photography as I see that most of it has been done in the past by masters like Meyerovitz Arbus and Winogrand. He was said to be on for over 1hr. 2.15mins later he asked did anyone have any questions?

He was like a evangelist giving a sermon. He spoke about his early days in graphics and the guy coming in to take pictures of his work which was Robert frank. He worked a lot with the Maverick Tony Ray Jones. where they both discussed the putting the subject at the side of the image as it was just as important as the traditional Middle. He talked how ” he would sharpen his skills by knowing where in as shot he didn’t have time or show courage”. Meyerovitz said the main lens he would use would be a 35mm on his Lieca as this was closest to the human eye. He kept preaching that you should always carry a camera that is how he got most of his shots. He Said “The world is dissolving in front of you have to take every second”.

When he started out there was only one small gallery in a  underground basement in the whole of New York that would show Photo images. The only Exhibition he ever saw there Ansell Adams and you could buy a original of his images for $25. It wasn’t until M.O.M.A curetted by John Swarovski. That photographty become recognised. He encouraged The crowd with “ Take a risk, take bad photographs be provocative”. All this was rumbling along at a great space to him using his view cam (10×8) camera. His work totally changed from the street photography that made his name. He had taken a large picture of the space at Versailles in the 1960s which in the mid 1970s become relevant and linked to the large format work he would from there on under take. However in October 2001 he was due to open an exhibition of work called looking south. This was from his studio and it was the changing skies of the world trade centre.

However there was on change in the September that the world could never predict. 9 days after 9/11 Meyerovitz had to do something. so he started to document inside the rubble of the World Trade Centre. He went from 10 stories high to 72 ft bellow sea level. I reckon that s about he size of the Blackpool tower to give a sense of scale. This is the only major document of the event. He had to cross red tape and threats of arrest to go about his job for the people. This will be shown in a book later. However through all the genius and Brilliance of the Talk. The last picture really choked me. A gray work man’s glove and rail track. This was the rail track of the land below the world trade centre that held the underground .9 months after he started photographing he was at the rail track. A Roland Barthes Comments With his Studium and punctum. This was a great example of it. You loved the image on first glance as you had a rough knowledge of the subject mater. It was when he explained that there was grass growing that had been covered for the thirty years that the trade centre had stud on it. He was using this for a Metaphor of how life heals and moves on. This was the closing statement from Joel Meyerovitz. Totally blown away by a master of his trade with a tear in my eye concluded a beautiful Experience.

 

William Eggleston Article

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/nov/05/william-eggleston-democratic-camera-review

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.

 

Documenting a Lambing Event for the National Trust at Erddig

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

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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

Hi Alan

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.

Hi Alan

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

Kind regards

I have spoke to…. I will be meeting her at 9am tomorrow
Alan Whitfield

 

Glyndwr Resonace Film Project

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

 

Evening with John Davies


23 November 2010, 6.30pm

Speaker: John Davies

“John Davies is one of today’s most outstanding British photographers; he became famous through his research on the English industrial landscape, observed in vast and detailed views…”

“John Davies’s work belongs to the world of contemporary documentary photography. Faithful to a refined, pure black and white, taken on as the absolute rule of a subtle, analytic style. He chooses the vastness of space inhabited by the powerful elements of nature and the contradictory ones of culture to operate in two directions. On the one hand, the evocation of emotional states through the photographic rendering of a space-light that is alive, almost metaphysical, and recalls the symbolisation of the forces of nature in Turner. On the other, a crystal-clear gaze that sounds the material aspects of the contemporary landscape which is tied to the development of the productive activities and concrete structuring of the world through the molding power of economy and property.”

Quote from Roberta Valtorta in 2000

John will be talking about his work from the past 30 years, both colour and black and white, digital and slide.

I went to the audience with John Davies in Liverpool. I found the night to be really positive and welcoming. I made some excellent contacts. I spoke to Karen Newman who has just been appointed curator of the gallery. I hope to send her a follow-up email after my meeting. I also spoke to john Davies in some depth about his work. The main thing I was interested in finding out was the main drive he had in stepping into the world of Photography. The interesting point about was this was he described his home life and the work of turner as his biggest influence. For me to see his early 1980s work on slide projector was a magic moment

Although he shows spaces that have people in them. I still feel his works contacts with mine and a big influence can be taken from. It was interesting to hear john talking about how he use film and digital side by side. Id say he one of the first traditionalist image makers I have heard say that.

John talked about how sad it that so much public space has been sold off by council to private investors. He commented on the massive development at chavas park which is Liverpool 1 shopping centre. I’m not sure I totally agreed with what he was saying. I see that area although belonging to the people as glorified wasteland

now

then

Maybe im missing the point but that’s what opinions are for to differ…

 

How i fell for Andre Kertesz, while leaving a Paris Behind…

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.

Luis Strettners work in New York just had something differnt to the work you see of Bruce Davidson Mary Ellen Mark etc…

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.

Anyway im off to an evening with Excellent British Landscape Photographer John Davis in Liverpool @ the open Eye Gallery

 

A photo tweet a day: Nadav Kander

Bridge over troubled water ... Chongqing XI, 2007, Nadav Kander Yangtze - The Long River.

I wont lie anyone who knows me knows why i picked this image. Its the same structure design as the Runcorn Bridge in widnes where im from.

Kander‘s work documents the length of the Yangtze in china or the long River as it also know by locals. it is a phenomenal commitment to create a body of work of 4000miles. the dark side to the images is that it shows what a state the land of the rising sun is on. His work looks photoshopped with a yellow hue cast on most of the image sadly this is what id see the effects of pollution are. A selection of his body of work can be seen here

http://www.flowersgalleries.com/exhibitions/4016-yangtze–the-long-river-/