Assignment Five – The Process Of Making The Collages

Progress, I feel like I am getting somewhere. Making the collages has been fun, and once I have finished these I will need to create voice recordings for each, and buy the props that will complete the installations. It’s very exciting that I can now see how this will work. The only perceived difficulty is that the final pieces will not show off their full effect as a photo on my blog.

Step 1, making holes

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Step 2, stitching

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Step 3, taping the reverse side

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Step 4, cutting out objects and positioning

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Step 5, making more holes and more stitching

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Step 6, a finished collage

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Step 7, but matching props and photograph them as a still life in front of the collage

Step 8, make voice recording

Step 9, add voice recordings to each collage

Stitch Sampler

OK, so this is not the greatest idea of a sampler, but it’s been good practice to try out different stitch samples for my fifth assignment. The majority of the artists who stitch over photography tend to use a long stitch, rather than different styles of stitching. And hey, their work is fantastic, so maybe the idea is to keep it simple. However, I like chain stitch and diagonal tent stitch – and I can see how they can be used, and perhaps cross stitch would be good over eyes.

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  • Blue – herringbone stitch
  • Yellow – running stitch
  • Orange – Cross stitch
  • Pink – Back stitch
  • Red – Tent stitch
  • Green – Diagonal tent stitch
  • Brown – Chain stitch

Thank You Laura Letinsky – Refining My Idea

I recieved the most wonderful and exciting news yesterday. Laura Letinsky responded to my email, giving me permission to use 6 of her photos as the basis of my fifth assignment.

This assignment is exploratory in many ways, and I will use it to develop my embroidery skills, embroidering on top of photography.

Letinsky, in her own words, “cannabalises” her own and others photography. In anorexia the body moves into the metabolic state of catabolism, in which the body eats its own proteins (muscles) in order to survive. One idea is to make use of photographs of my body parts from when I was really ill, justapose them with photos from Letinsky’s I’ll Form and Void Full, and use embroidery to distort the shape of my limbs, picking out cours of the foods from Letinsky’s art.

The other option is to photography my face, capturing different emotional states, embroider over them in the style of Maurizio Anzeri, and justapose these with relevant parts of Letinsky’s art.

I’m not sure how I am going to develop these ideas into a concrete plan as yet, so time for some meditation.

Laura Letinsky

Maurizio Anzeri

 

Assignment Four – Responding To A Theme – Initial Ideas

The brief asks us to create a series of 3 – 5 still life images that respond to a theme. Exercise 4.12 Presence/Absence gave me the opportunity to explore self harm and suicide, and I have an idea which will give me the opportunity to build upon this.

  • Self hatred juxtaposed with self love
  • 3 photos relating to self hatred
  • 3 photos relating to self love
  • Crop photos with a 1:1 aspect ration
  • Create a solid cube from wood
  • Attach self hatred and self love photo at opposing ends of the cube
  • The cube becomes a still life object

Finding Inspiration – Exercise 4.7 – Photomontage

This has been a fun and creative approach to finding inspiration and allowing ideas to develop. I made use of three different styles of magazine – journal, gardening, lifestyle – and added to this with newspaper cuttings.

Following the reviews which I have just completed of Hannah Hoch and John Heartfield, I can see how I can create my montages in similar styles.

The first idea relating to climate change will be in the style of Heartfield, political, topical, a dominant character, more minimalist than the style of Hoch.

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My photomontage which emulates Hoch will be far more busy and explore the underlying feelings and external symptoms of eating disorders.

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Both of these ideas break away from the brief slightly, but this style of art has become increasingly important to me as I develop as a photographer. There is potential for me to develop as a mixed media artist, yes it’s the early stage of exploration, but I don’t have to limit my creativity.

Of course I will follow the brief as well, and Brexit is going to be my theme.

Initial Ideas For Part Three – Communication: Narrative

My aim with this section of coursework is to explore themes and ideas that are relevent to me, and where I feel that I can have a voice through photography. Although I have these ideas I am aware that they may alter or change as my exploration of the coursework develops.

  • Exercise 3.1 Searching – Visit Durham, stay for a couple of nights and explore
  • Exercise 3.2 Series – series as typology, street art and graffiti presented as a photomontage – although I have some of the photography but will need to make more, this is a large project and will need to be done throughout the rest of this coursework, to be completed before the assignment, if this is not possible I will present it as an ongoing project for further development
  • Exercise 3.3 Sequence – unsure – an exploration of the spaces used by the homeless community
  • Exercise 3.4 Documenting change – An Alternate view of the Northern Powerhouse – closed shops in the centre of North Eastern towns
  • Exercise 3.5 Photographs from text – Leisure – William Henry Davies
  • Exercise 3.6 Mixing genres – unsure
  • Exercise 3.7 A significant object – my gohonzon and buddhist alter
  • Exercise 3.8 Re-phtographing – Extending upon assignment 2 via self portrait, as an expression of and challenge to my idea of self
  • Exercise 3.9 A significant place – unsure – I have no significant place
  • Exercise 3.10 A significant portrait – Work alongside a person who is homeless and explore how they would like to represent themselves in a formal portrait. I will purchase any clothing or props that they feel is relevent to them – I have a photographic relationship with a few homeless people already, so I can build upon the trust already developed
  • Assignment three A Narrative Photograph
  • 1 a staged photo – gambling and its human toll
  • 2 a narrative sequence – binge drinking from preloading to vomiting on the way home
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Initial Thoughts For Painting With Light – The Marriage Of The Mikado Phantom

Painting with light is an opportunity to explore lighting, and I’m considering doing this in a theatrical style.

I’m considering using two models to create a marriage between Phantom of the Opera and The Mikado.

I will sketch my plans over the coming week.

Two people, facing each other, ballroom hold, suit, cravat, pocket hanky, top hat, wedding dress, umbrella, beads to reflect lighting on wedding face, phantom mask painted out so outline and highlights are left white. Facing each other with faces close.

Shoot profile and can then create one face out of the two faces.

Standing forward of a black backdrop, lighting behind. Torches placed in a blackout box. Holes in boxes in shape of confetti, each hole covered with different colour gel cut outs. Lighting behind couple and facing the wall.

Front lighting – 6 lights, gels, triangulate on each face, black muslin in front of gels to soften and diffuse light.

Match light to enhance skin tone, make up, beads and possibly glitter.

Have purchased lighting, next step is to experiment with gels and different coloured fabrics.

Have been exploring lighting, make up, skin tone and costume this week thanks to tv and I’ll upload that to my sketchbook this week.

Integrating Learning from Workflow Coursework into Assignment One -Feedback From Lyndsey Jameson – Time is a Necessity for Creativity

I would love to say that yesterday’s photography for assignment one -Square Mile – was enjoyable, but it wasn’t.  Neither my physical or mental health are good at the moment, so it was hard work. It was made easier by a friend coming with me and being nearby.

I have been able to integrate technical skills, light and shadow, movement and story telling into my photography and I’m pleased with that.

I will review my photography during the week. My ideas for the assignment have changed over the past week and especially over the past couple of days. I really enjoy this process of allowing the spark of an initial idea to form over time. My process once I have an idea is to think intensely about it, then deliberately focus on something different. Do some research then take my focus to something else. I also meditate and when other ideas come to me I focus back on my breath and let the thoughts go. Having this gap allows the subconscious to process the ideas and all of a sudden when I’m watching TV or reading an idea will come to me about of the blue. Then I really focus on exploring that, and after a while I put my focus elsewhere.

I have gone from three ideas, down to one and with further thought I now have, what I believe is a strong plan for the series and how I want to present it.

My assignment will be a brief history of York presented as a photo book. I have valued the photo books that I have more than digital presentation. One one page I will have the photo and on the page next to it I will have the written history associated with that image. The first photo will link to the first century and then consecutively up to 2015.

I received feedback from Lyndsey Jameson in relation to my review of two of her paintings, which I will respond to once I’ve processed it fully. There are two things that will help me to develop my photography and my studies that particularly stand out. I like my initial process of critique, picking two images and then writing my initial thoughts. However I missed an overarching theme of Lyndsey’s art because I hadn’t looked through other paintings of hers. I missed some important symbology (being to focused on interpreting detail didn’t help either because I then introduced my symbology). My tutor Jayne Taylor has also discussed the necessity to look for symbolism in photography, as i had missed a critical metaphor when reviewing Walker-Evans. Lyndsey also talked through her process of moving from an idea to execution. The thing I gained most from this was the importance of discussing and developing ideas with friends and colleagues. When I see the results of OCA students such as Sarah Jane Field, it’s apparent how they involve others in the development and production of their work (and their assessment marks reflect this). I need to make more use of the OCA Student website for this.

References

http://www.lyndseyjameson.com/

https://uvcsjf.wordpress.com/

Assignment One – Square Mile – Further Development of Ideas

Tomorrow I will plan a walk so that I can go around all of the places below for Sqaure Mile. I will also take a letter on the walk so that I can collaborate with the public. My aim is still to use the Johari window theme with collaboration, and York facts. Complete both projects and then when I develop the photos I can see which works better as a series.

 

Guy Fawkes Born Stonegate (street near minster) 1570 – Baptised at St Micheal le Belfrey (York was the centre of the Catholic revolt) Plot to kill King james the first and restore a catholic monarch to the throne

Dick Turpin – Grave – St George Cemetery, Lead Mill Lane (off of Piccadilly)

York – the most haunted city in Europe (https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/aug/10/arts.artsnews (16/08/2017))

Mad Alice – Lunds Court Snickleway – Mad Alice killed her husband after suffering years of violence at his hands. After murdering him she was hanged at York Castle in 1825 – between Swinegate and old peter gate.

365 Pubs – The Yorkshire Terrier by York brewery – 10 Stonegate, The Golden Fleece – Pavement (better place of transition – and wont replicate Stonegate from Guy Fawkes), Kings Arms, Kings Staith – (transition Yes, but so photographed it’s a cliché)

Unrepealed Law – In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1568475/Ten-stupidest-laws-are-named.html (accessed on 16/08/2017))

(Scots and Parliamentarian siege of York – Walmgate Bar – Lamel Hill 1644 – Canons attacked York) (Battle of Marston Moor – defeated the Royalists of York) – Oliver Cromwell

Could Photo the Spread Eagle Pub (Marstons Brewery) from Walmgate Bar

York and the Vikings – Coppergate- Jorvik  All saints day 866 Halfdan and Ivar the Boneless took york, retreated then retook it in the following year – vikings were on the whole hard-working tradesmen and not as savage as they are made out to be. Made Pottery, Swords (blacksmiths), Shipbuilders etc. St Olaves Chrurch (olafe) Marygate – St Marys Bishophill – coppergate/Jorvik centre (transition – busy)

Layered dig showing ground levels changes from 1st century to modern era at the back of the Library

York Minster – From Petergate and include St Michael le Belfrey or from College Street Minster Yard with the tudor buildings

Rowntrees – Tanners Moat, castlgate (historic sites of rowntrees or haxby road (now nestle)

Psychiatry and its modernisation in York –The Retreat 1790 (quakers) following death of Hannah Mills at Bootham. William Tuke, private rooms, non violence, modernised psychiatric care, dignity

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The Shambles – Diagon Alley (Harry Potter) – Anglo Saxon The Great Flesh Shambles (fleshammeles) because of the Butchers (see if York Coin Collectors has a Potter themed Coin) Transition – Shambles from Kings Square, snickleways into market

Constantine the Great – St Leonards Place (theatre Royal) and York Minster

Assignment One – Square Mile – Developing My Ideas

I have decided that I am not going to follow the postcard into the style of Hinde idea. Why? Taking tourist and summer beach photos doesn’t inspire me at all.

So I have two ideas which I am going to pursue. I can make both series on the same day.

1 – The stories I’ve heard about York.

It was once legal for a man born within the Bar Walls to stab a Scotsmen in kilt.

The father of the lie. Constantine the Great lived in York when his father was the governor of the city. Constantine the Great was involved with the Council of Nicaea – which had a role in choosing which books to include in the bible.

A pregnant woman can ask a policeman for his helmet to take a wee in.

York is the most haunted city in the UK.

York has a different pub for everyday of the year.

The destruction of the Jewish community, burned to death in Clifford tower to cover the theft by a local lord.

I will need to research Clifford tower and the history of the Jewish community in York. I feel that ethnic cleansing is too much to portray as a story I have heard without checking the validity. It requires sensitivity.

My inspiration for this story has come from briefly looking at the work of Tom Hunter. I am considering taking photos of text, signs and notices around York and having them as the background and then blending the themed photos into them.

(Update 2 hours after original post:- I am not going to use the idea of the destruction of the Jewish community at Cliffords Tower in this series. The other ideas are more light hearted and I don’t feel this theme fits. I also don’t think one photo in a series of six gives the just attention that is merited. I would like to explore and research the history of the Jewish community in York in more depth later in the course or when I move on to the degree.

I will use the connection between Guy Fawkes and York instead.)

The second idea will be a collaboration based upon Johari’s window. A psychological tool designed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. It’s a tool for helping people to understand relationships. It explores what is:- known to self and others; known to self but not others; known to others but not self; unknown to self and others.

I will take a photo of a transition area in York that I have a connection with – known to self. Then turn around and take a photo of something I haven’t noticed before – unknown to self. And leave an envelope asking passers by to take a photo in the area of something they like in the area – known to others.

I like both ideas so I plan to take them both forward. I can then review which photos work best as a series.

I will be able to build upon the skills from 100 photos coursework with using manual mode, manual white balance and use of contact sheets. The transition photos will build upon the exercise from stillness and movement. I will also make use of techniques I developed in the light and shadow exercise coursework. I also feel that by photographing the things I haven’t seen before, and collaborating with others, will improve my skills in relation to looking and seeing. These skills are highlighted through the the Workflow coursework.

Reference

Luft, J and Ingham, H; 1955; The Johari Window Model; Online at http://www.selfawareness.org.uk/news/understanding-the-johari-window-model (accessed on 12/08/2017)

www.tomhunter.org (accessed on 12/08/2017)