Photography and literature

As my major project concerns two literary figures – albeit in relation to the landscapes with which they are associated rather than their works – I feel it is appropriate to give a short historical account of the relationship between photography and literature. That a link between the two genres has always existed is perhaps … Continue reading Photography and literature


In my earlier post in this module, I referred to my visit to Hitler’s “Wolfschanze” in East Prussia (now Poland) and included a number of images of the ruins of this historically important site. On the theme of the marks of  conflict I was particularly interested in Simon Norfolk’s project Afghanistan: Chronotopia: Norfolk sees … Continue reading Chronotopia

Sustainable prospects: weeks 1-6

My apologies for the long hiatus in updating this journal. Since mid-September, I have been travelling continuously: first on a road-trip with a military historian friend to eastern parts of Europe (Berlin, Gdansk, Warmia-Masuria, Wroclaw, Dresden),  roughly tracing in reverse the Russian advance on Berlin in 1945; secondly, to Australia (Perth, then to Sydney by … Continue reading Sustainable prospects: weeks 1-6

Surfaces and strategies – weeks 10 and 11

I have devoted much time and thought to finalising the oral presentation (which I have recorded and re-recorded several times) as well as the selection and sequencing of the images for the work-in-progress portfolio. In order to give context to the images, I have now added titles, in most cases brief quotations from the poets' … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – weeks 10 and 11

Surfaces and strategies – week 9

A busy week, preparing a draft oral presentation for review prior to submission later in the month. I also undertook further work on the selection, editing and sequencing of the work in progress portfolio. On this occasion, the draft presentation and work in progress were reviewed by Stella Baraklianou with whom I had scheduled a … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 9

Surfaces and strategies – week 8

Much of this week has been taken up with background study in preparation for the video presentation to be submitted as one of the assignments in the current module. My presentation will largely focus on the methodology for production of a photo book on landscapes associated with two Irish poets. As readers of this journal … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 8

Surfaces and strategies – week 7

This week I have completed work on the "42 states of the tide" project, using Adobe inDesign to create cover and end-pages: On the subject of photobooks, I have watched (and been inspired by) the guest lectures of Cemre Yesil - particularly her "birdmen" project- and Victoria Forrest. Victoria offered many insights as to the … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 7

Surfaces and strategies – week 6

This week I have concentrated on the design and production of a “dummy” book. By way of preliminary research, I purchased and am reading Jörg Colberg’s “Understanding Photo Books”. I decided to take as the basis for my project the 42 images of the changing tide as reported earlier in this CRJ (see Surfaces and … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 6