My photography posts have been absent recently, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not making hundreds of photos. One of my projects is massive, and will take several months to complete. The daily commute can be both monotonous and exciting, depending on what you notice as you go from place to place. I’m producing a photographic map of the London underground system, recording points of interest in the vacinity of the tube stations.
Tottenham Hale Station (Victoria Line)
Embankment Station (Northern Line)
Snippets is a project in which I record a short piece of a conversation which I hear, that’s placed with a photo that I take at the same time. These snippets will be presented in a photobook.
I use vaseline on my face now. Do ya?Yeah, at night, not during the day though. Yeah yeah.
If you’re a hundred and you do not die the queen will give you a letter. Nanny Rita is nearly a hundred. She’ll get a letter if she’s not dead.
The third project, and I can’t tell you why on earth I’m making it is photographing bikes I see around London. How bizzare.
One of the beneficial aspects is that I don’t have an emotional connection to the subject matter. Much of my photography is an explanation and an expression of who I am. These projects are giving me a break, something joyful to work on. It’s also a relief, as much of my creative writing is emotionally charged and auto-biographical.
The Plan is simple. I’m taking a break between Foundations in Photography and the undergraduate BA in Photography. I will resume my studies in January. Study is so good for my mental health that I have considered enrolling immediately on the degree, but I also don’t feel that’s right just now.
I haven’t read photography books for some time, so I have reintroduced this progress. I don’t particularly enjoy reading these texts, but my practice does benefit from it.
My personal projects are important for my development. I have started to photo the London underground stations, both inside and out. The inside is a plain photo of the sign and surround, and I’m trying to capture points of interest outside of the tube station (not always possible as some of the surrounds are dull. My intent is to do this for the whole 270 tube stations, and I want to capture the mundane commute, but also include points of peace or joy along the route. I’m considering producing a poster size map of the London underground system and making a collage using 3 inch by 2 inch photos to present this series. The following two photos are the inside and outside of Charing Cross.
I’m aware that photographing a square mile will be an aspect of Express Your Vision, which is the first module of the degree, and I intend to use London’s Square Mile for this.
Today I am photographing my trip to Brighton from the perspective of me kneeling down. I simply want to try a new perspective with my photography and to document a simple journey. Love, peace and joy to you all on this beautiful Sunday.
I’m currently begining a project Mental Illness – Mental Wellness. For two photographs I wish to make it need other people involved. Yesterday I went out with my camera to make a series on paranoia. I spoke with four people and they all agreed. It’s an achievement for me whenever I ask people to be involved with my photography. I have severe social anxiety and I don’t like to be around people.
For this series I’ve been taking three photos of each person which I will blend together, darken the highlights, print on A3 watercolour paper, then paint in some detail with watercolour pencils. I haven’t done this before so I’m looking forward to it.
I have now begun to take a series of images for one of my sociology projects on mental illness and mental health, and on the final stages of planning for my sociology project on social control and the media. I start my creative process through my daily practice of meditation where I get inspirational ideas. This leads to development of ideas and then I leave it alone. Over a period of weeks other thoughts and ideas add to and alter my original idea. I discuss my ideas with a friend then turn the idea into a plan using ITEP mapping and sketching. The planning and sketching have become more important recently with studying Foundations in Photography with the Open College of the Arts.
I have two series of images where I need to have involvement with the public. I believe that consent is important where an individual is the main focal point of the photographs. These two series I cannot do without public involvement and I get very anxious about asking people. However, I wish to develop as a photographer and artist so I will accept the anxiety is there, welcome it, observe it mindfully, and step into the role of photographer and director.
I am really enjoying studying. I haven’t studied for a while so a couple of things have helped me a lot.
Reading other students blogs. By reading the blogs of other students my concepts and creativity are becoming more flexible, open and dynamic. I follow blogs of non – photography students such as fine artists and writers and these have a positive impact upon how I think about photography.
The group email for Foundations in Photography is good for me, as I struggle with social contact. The group email means I can connect with fellow students. OCA have developed a positive student forum so that we can get the most out of our studies. ocastudent and the group email are excellent platforms for engagement. At this moment in my life attending a university in person wouldn’t be possible so I appreciate how OCA have developed the student platforms, it means I can get so much more from studying than what I expected from open learning.
I have my own photographic projects outside of my studies. The most important of these are my sociology projects. However I have been to a few events recently so sociology has been on the back burner. I have developed my events photos so I can refocus on sociology, and I am now reading the light and Shaddow project in Workflow.
My health comes first – sleep, eat, meditate, connect with friends. Then I do what I can. Recently it has been evaluating and developing photos, alongside getting out with my camera. Now I can re read my sociology project notes and FiP study material. When I have 15 minutes spare I listen to youtube – several photographers and lightroom/photoshop experts that I follow.
Since starting FiP I have had more creative ideas, started writing again and brought a violin. I’ve never played before and am enjoying learning. Creativity = bliss. Thankyou OCA.