The Plan, And Personal Projects

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.

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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.

Charing Cross 1

Charing Cross 2

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.

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Initial Ideas For Assignment Five – Concept – Exhibition

  • Eyes
  • Faces
  • Expression of emotion in eyes
  • Over-sewing
  • Cross stitch pattern of facial expression
  • Gerhard Richter documentary
  • Basic stitch ideas (JW)
  • Advanced over-sewing ideas (TL)
  • Keep authenticity in my photography
  • Break away from authenticity
  • Explore more fully the work of Laura Letinsky
  • Explore emotional States in the style of letinsky
  • Review photography books for further ideas
  • Create test photos
  • Seek feedback upon ideas and test photos
  • Make test photos with the public
  • Review Maurizio Anzeri
  • Review Carolle Benitah
  • Review Julie Cockburn
  • Select and print 6 photos from Ill Form and Void Full (consent gained on 28/12/18 from Laura Letinsky)
  • Leave the photos on my lounge floor in order that I breath them into my soul
  • Meditate – this will come together in its own way if I meditate
  • Review Shaun Cardinal, Diane Meyer and Annegret Soltau
  • Review Kate Aston
  • Review https://hollyocacontextnarrative.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/assignment-5-constructed-image/

http://maurizioanzeri.com

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1982113/

https://myblueprint.com/article/top-10-must-know-hand-embroidery-stitches

https://jamierawlingsartist.com/

http://www.juliecockburn.com

Any feedback upon my initial ideas would be most welcome.

Toxic Shame

Toxic Shame is a mixed media video created in collaboration by several Open College of the Arts Students. We study in different genres of the creative arts. It has been a very enjoyable process which has required thinking out of the box to respond to the work of other members submissions, based upon the theme for the month.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine blogger award

I have been peer nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Penchantress, She is one of my many Indian followers (yay). I follow her because I enjoy her writing style and enthusiasm, and she writes about society and sociology, but in a very gentle and personal way. She is an Indian woman who is stepping into her power in a country where this is not societally accepted to do so, and where woman still face extreme violence and oppression.

The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.

I would not particularly say that my blog inspires positivity or creativity, although I am creative and so is my blog. If it inspires some people then that’s an added bonus.

RULES (directions or guidance would be preferable)

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

(please note that if I have nominated you, you are under no obligation to complete the task – we all have time constraints, but personally I enjoy the task and I am aware that it does bring new followers, and lead me to follow others that I would not have come across.)

What is your Native language?(I’m really curious about this one!)

Rubbish – I talk rubbish fluently, and I speak it in English.

In what profession are you? If you are a student then, what is your field of study?

I’m a photography student.

Who is your favourite author and why?

J R R Tolkein. I have read The Lord of the Rings repeatedly since being a child. It has become a source of comfort, a place of safety and familiarity, and an escape from a world which I can find quite challenging.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I enrolled on Foundations in Photography with The Open College of the Arts. They offer distance leaning degrees and foundation courses within the field of the creative arts. They accept applications from adults from around the world. One of the requirements is to submit our coursework and assignments via a blog, and that’s the reason that I started to blog, however I also wanted to include poetry which I write from time to time, and photo essays that I write. I also include a gallery of photos that I take that are for my own enjoyment, which includes birds, nature, macro and events.

Do you publicize your Blog or Just use it as your personal space?

I publicise my blog. Although it is my student blog, I also use it to promote my photography, and I enjoy the connection with other photographers and poets.

Do you really read the blogs of the Bloggers you follow?

I follow 400 blogs, and for some reason over 200 bloggers follow me (which I find quite surprising). I read as many posts from the people who I follow as I can. Sometimes this is more than others, but I do enjoy reading other peoples blogs. I cannot learn something new by my own thoughts, learning is a mutual process of sharing and receiving.

What other hobbies do you indulge in?

I love to read. I read every day. It has become an important part of my daily routine, and that helps my mental health. Although I read a lot of novels, I also like factual books. I am currently reading “Enemies and Neighbours; Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917 – 2017” by Ian Black. If I don’t understand something then I like to find out, discover and explore.

Do you stand up for what’s right all the time even if it invites a lot of debate Or do you just go with the flow and try to stay safe?

My mental health is not great, and because of this I have to exercise caution when it comes to issues that would pre-occupy me or disturb me. I cannot afford to feel too angry nor self-righteous. These are both feelings that can be quite disturbing for me.

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?

Rupert Spira. He teaches spirituality in the form of non-duality (there is no separate self, we are all simply experiences of infinite consciousness/awareness). The link I have attached is one of his YouTube clips that I watched yesterday.

Tell us one incident when you laughed your heart out while people thought you had gone mad.

My cousin and I have a connection that is very strange. There was one time that we were amongst a whole group of family members, and we both started to laugh at the same time. We had the exact same thoughts (about something not relating to the circumstances around us) and shared a joke via our minds. I love that connection.

Say, you’ve been through a really bad time, how crazy could you get to pick yourself up? (If you haven’t been through any, then you can talk about the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life).

My craziness tends to be self-destructive and happens during the times when my mental health is poor. The picking myself up is the hard part, and that’s where the photography comes in. Photography has turned my life around. I wasnt capable of leaving the home 18 months ago due to anxiety and paranoia. I got to the point where I couldn’t cope any more. Having a camera got me to gradually be able to leave my home, has developed my mindfulness practice, and i now interact with people to a small degree.

 

Now its my time to nominate people

Studying with OCA (Sarah’s Blog)

Exposure Empire (Lightroom hints and Tips)

Crow on the Wire (Poetry and Pictures)

Thom Lang (Photography)

Jack Shalom (Thought to ponder and humour)

Twenty Four (Photography, Haiku, random facts and thoughts)

Terra Spectra (Thoughts and feelings from a leftwing, feminist)

J C Street (Street Photography)

The Lazy Goth (Feminist, photographer, photography model)

Your Personal Motivator (Uses the Human Design approach to living in a manner that makes the most out of you as an individual)

If I have nominated to you please be assured that you are under no obligation to complete the tasks as set out in the guidance. I have nominated you because I enjoy your blog. However if you do choose to accept the nomination and complete the task then I am giving you the same questions that I was set. Best Wishes

  1. What is your Native language?(I’m really curious about this one!)
  2. In what profession are you? If you are a student then, what is your field of study?
  3. Who is your favourite author and why?
  4. What inspired you to start blogging?
  5. Do you publicize your Blog or Just use it as your personal space?
  6. Do you really read the blogs of the Bloggers you follow?
  7. What other hobbies do you indulge in?
  8. Do you stand up for what’s right all the time even if it invites a lot of debate Or do you just go with the flow and try to stay safe?
  9. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
  10. Tell us one incident when you laughed your heart out while people thought you had gone mad.
  11. Say, you’ve been through a really bad time, how crazy could you get to pick yourself up? (If you haven’t been through any, then you can talk about the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life).