Photography Workshop

Last week I attended an all day photography workshop. The workshop began with a lecture on the history of photography, guiding us through the most prominent artists in this field as well as the development of techniques and style.

Pieces that particularly caught my attention:

Loretta Lux

What I love about these pieces was that each one has a sort of creepy element to them, something that resonates within my own work at times. These are more than just ordinary portraits. The heavy manipulation that has occurred in post-production creates a sort of unnatural, unnerving feel…almost making the models look like they are dolls.

Chuck Close

Chuck Close uses a Daguerrotype process in order to create these large-scale hyperrealistic images.

Helena Almeida

What struck me about Almeida’s pieces was the obvious isolation of colour, something that resonates with my own work. This simple gesture of colour appears to consume the whole piece despite only being a small portion of the image. In a way, the strokes of blue seem to breathe new life into an already existing image.

Following the lecture on the history of photography, we then learned how to use a 40mm analog camera, which was something I had not had the opportunity to do before.

These are some of the resultant images of the days work.

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Week 7 Exhibition

This was how I presented my photos for the interim exhibition. IMG_4969

Critique:

–  Upon first impression, the work isn’t seen as necessarily about the body

–  Possible reference to culture…hot colours

– Hinting at the emergence of self and identity

– Hinting towards video piece

– Look at the work of Chila Burman

– Possibly could have done a lot more photos, filled the whole wall

Visibility and Invisibility

I created this pieces for the week 7 exhibition. I wanted to use blacklight art to play upon the idea of identity and a hidden sense of self. With these pictures I looked at the notions of visibility and invisibility, creating an illusionistic sense to the works whereby anyone at first glance would just notice abstract shapes instead of the body they are painted on. I found that by playing with the black lighting I could directly manipulate how much you saw of the body and the face; how much of the self is actually revealed.

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Whitechapel Gallery Visit

Dóra Maurer, Seven Rotations 1 -6, 1979The first exhibit within the gallery that I saw was Adventure of the Black Square , the black square in question being that of of Kazimir Malevich. The exhibition features over 100 artists who have taken up the legacy of the black square as the emblem of a new art and a new society and explores how abstract has travelled worldwide, permeating our life and times.

David Batchelor

David Batchelor

David Batchelor’s Found Monochromes. This series of images consists of 500 blank rectangles encountered through cities from London to Sao Paulo. I particularly enjoyed this exhibition and the way that these blank squares occurred in heavily industrialised, urban cities. To me they represented simplicity, and a form of peace and tranquility within such busy surroundings.