Journal

Surfaces and strategies – week 5

The course has shifted gear. Of the three recommended activities over the coming weeks (group exhibition, publication, workshop), my efforts will be concentrated on the production of a photo book, consisting either of images to be used in my final major project or of seascapes of the English Channel. The choice of subject will be … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 5

Surfaces and strategies – week 4

This week’s presentations encouraged a subversive approach to photography – images captured without human agency, images harvested from the internet to create virtual travelogues, images of soldiers lifted from computer games, the use of cameras in novel ways to create unexpected or random outcomes. In the face-to-face weekend in Amsterdam last September, we were assigned … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 4

Surfaces and strategies – week 3

As a landscape photographer, generally working alone, collaboration rarely enters into my practice. However, in the course of my project on Irish poets, I have been grateful to local people for directing me to appropriate sites, as well as for providing insights, anecdotes and general background, all of which have greatly assisted in the realisation … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 3

Surfaces and strategies – week 2

The presentations this week focused on the appropriation of other photographers' images and how they can be given new life by presenting them in a range of contexts. I was already familiar with the documentaries of Adam Curtis who uses the technique - somewhat tendentious in my view - of mixing a diverse and eclectic … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 2

Surfaces and strategies – week 1

A report of recent progress on my Yeats/Heaney major project is posted elsewhere in this journal: First visit to the Yeats country This was essentially an initial exploration of the places that will feature in my proposed photo book contrasting the landscapes of W B Yeats and Seamus Heaney. The Heaney limb of the project is … Continue reading Surfaces and strategies – week 1

Vision 9 – contemporary landscape photography exhibition

This exhibition at the Oxo Tower on London's South Bank features the work of ten contemporary landscape photographers, including Rachael Talibart's celebrated seascapes, "Sirens", captured during the storms which hit the Sussex coast in the winter of 2015-2016. In these extraordinary images, Rachael, in her own words,  plunders "myths and legends from all cultures and … Continue reading Vision 9 – contemporary landscape photography exhibition

Journeys with “The Waste Land”: Turner Contemporary, Margate

As an admirer of T S Eliot’s verse, I hastened to Margate where the Turner Contemporary has mounted a major exhibition inspired by Eliot’s 434-line modernist poem “The Waste Land”, published in 1922: https://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/journeys-with-the-waste-land  Part of the poem was  written by Eliot while recuperating from a nervous illness in this Kentish seaside town and contains … Continue reading Journeys with “The Waste Land”: Turner Contemporary, Margate

Informing contexts, week 7 – responses and responsiblities

  The  presentation on the work of Sebastião Salgado and Nick Brandt invited us to decide which of those photographer's contrasting approaches was most effective in creating awareness of environmental issues. In my own view, the two approaches are complementary - the beauty of Salgado's celebratory images in "Genesis" show us what we stand to … Continue reading Informing contexts, week 7 – responses and responsiblities

Informing contexts, Week 6 – a sea of images

The presentations this week deal, I think, with two discrete questions: first, as is apparent from the title, the proliferation of images to the point of saturation and, secondly, how the creators or purveyors of those images use them to impose a particular world view, an egregious example being the National Geographic magazine. This has … Continue reading Informing contexts, Week 6 – a sea of images