Kate Aston – Review

OCA student Kate Aston, very kindly sent me two of her photos, from a previous assignment, in which she embroidered over photography. Both of which are of a climbing wall.

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  • Long stitches
  • Creates a shape which I can anthropomorpise
  • Creates an anchor and relay
  • Alters perspective
  • Reduces appearance of size

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  • Small stitches
  • Single colour
  • Provide definition and detail

Although I’m limiting my focus to the stitching, as this is research for my assignment, I do wish to pass comment upon this second photo.

The depth of field is incredible, and this draws me right into the photo. The DoF is so narrow that I imagine that an extension tube was used on a 200mm- 300mm lens to create a macro lens. I’m also going to assume that the shot is made on the ground, shooting high up into a join between wall and ceiling, and that the plans have been shifted by rotating and cropping during the development process. I’m probably wrong. But this photo is so intriguing. It’s also very easing aesthetically.

Having seen this work I have decided to use the embroidery from Kate’s first photo to provide the relay between my face and the subject in Laura Letinsky’s photo. I hadn’t considered creating an installation prior to viewing Kate’s assignment. This is the advantage of connecting with fellow artists and photographers.

To see Kate Aston’s Context and Narrative studies click here, to view her on Instagram it’s kate513940

4 Replies to “Kate Aston – Review”

  1. this is so creative & beautiful richard! even though i’m not specialized in photography (but i’m specialized in sociology, & photography is a hobby too), so I don’t understand much of the technical words, but it really looks/feels geniusly creative!
    I guess it’s a good idea for me too, to share my assignments on the blog! you always inspire me 🙂

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  2. I have to confess, I have been following Kate Aston’s work since the beginning of my OCA journey, and I find her work incredibly informative, influential and helpful. She doesn’t know me, so I hope she reads this as I’d like to thank her personally for helping me through my studies.

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