Study Break – Exhaustion

Hello all.

I’m taking an unplanned study break. I move to London at the end of next week, which is incredibly exciting. I’m also finding the pressure of moving to be exhausting. I’m learning to listen to my body, and just now I’m needing to rest.

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I am experiencing moments of anxiety, not a huge amount, and I think the exhaustion and need for additional sleep, is the way my body and mind need to do things in order for me to cope. The anxiety had triggered my neuro-muscular condition quite severely, which will also have an impact upon the tiredness. I’m going with what my body needs at the moment, and that feels so healthy.

I’m still waiting for my self portraits to arrive. My next steps will be to review Cindy Sherman’s use of masks, and then to begin embroidering over my portraits. But that’s for once I’ve moved.

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Looking after myself is not a natural experience, but it’s happening. It’s a change that I put down to working the 12 step programme. It’s a relief to pace myself, focus on one thing at a time, and rest. Rest includes play, which right now is about watching comedy and the occasional movie.

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I’m on track with my eating, and working closely with my nutritionist. I can’t believe that I’m coping with change without restricting my diet or bingeing and purging. I feel very grateful.

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Gannets Triptych And A Composite Photo Of A Kestral

Triptych of a Gannet in-flight
A photographic triptych of a Gannet landing on the cliffs at RSPB Brampton Cliffs
A photographic triptych of a Gannet landing on the cliffs at RSPB Brampton Cliffs
Triptych of a Gannet in-flight
Photographic triptych of a Gannet Flying along the cliff tops, with a Say in the Background at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Photographic triptych of Gannett's training each other
This is a photographic triptych of a pair of Gannett’s training each other at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
A composite photo of a kestrel in flight.
A composite photo of a kestrel in flight.

 

Recovered Photos From Reformatted SD – Proud And Exhausted

I don’t know what prompted me to think about it this morning, but I realised that the photos I took of a barn owl on Lindisfarne hadn’t appeared in my lightroom catalogue.

After further consideration I realised that when I transferred from my SD card to my disk there were two folders and I had only uploaded one of them. My routine after uploading is to creates copy on my back up drive and then reformat the SD.

After a panic I had a look online and downloaded recova by piriform, and it worked. Am feeling very grateful.

I downloaded the free version, and the software also downloaded CCleaner, which I uninstalled, and it messed up my browser which I’ve now sorted. Other than that I can’t complain and am both impressed and relieved.

Now for being proud and exhausted.

I have completed the photo montage that I’ve been working on, a culmination of over 12 months photography. It’s stunning. I’ve put in so many hours over the past week that I’m exhausted.

I hope to have it up here on Thursday as I’m taking a couple of days off.

Here’s a recent photo of Staithes harbour.

Leeds

My recent trip to leeds was winderful. My primary photography was street art and tages which I am using for exercise 3.2 Typography. However, I took a few of the city as well. Some I am keeping just for myself. They are interesting to me but not great photos. Here are some that I enjoy as photos as well as being part of my enjoyment of the wonderful city of Leeds.

Leeds Architecture,

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Leeds – Emulating Andreas Gursky

My recent trip to Leeds was a wonderful opportunity for photography. I did tryto seek permission to shoot from the top of Bridgewater place (a modern business and residential tower block) and also from the Double Two Hilton. Both to no avail. However I made use of multi-storey carparks, and one tenament style tower block with an outside balcony (a bit sneaky but well worth it).

I have put together a little gallery by grouping together shots that reminded me of Andreas Gursky, whom I briefly reviwed for exercise 2.2 (seen here). I will be adding a few other photos, and a couple of panoramas that I made from the tower block, to my gallery over the next few days.

In the mean time, I hope that you enjoy Leeds.

Gursky-style

Exercise 3.1 – Searching

Brief:- Take at least a couple of hours or more to wander around. Don’t be shy; you won’t be arrested, you’re not breaking the law. You’re doing exactly what most photographers do every day. When we search we don’t necessarily have a clear idea of what we’re looking for. However, the act of searching is never aimless because to search implies an open-ness to finding. It also helps us to hone our ideas, to sort out what is and isn’t relevant. There will come a time when you need to consolidate a body of work, but for now you’re free. When you’ve uploaded your photos decide whether to arrange them as smaller images in a scroll that reflects the journey you made. Or pick out some individual images.

The exercise was a lot of fun. I went out to a small village called Danby on the eastern edge of the North York Moors. It was a place which I haven’t been to before, was accessible, and it’s always enjoyable to photograph in a new place. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to go to the Moors National Park Centre, nor the Inspired By gallery. That is on my agenda for a future time and an earlier train, maybe a bit of sun as well, its good to be warm.

The first thing that I photographed when I got off of the train was a small bush, and a large Monkey Puzzle tree (Whitby Jet is the fossilised monkey puzzle). I started photographing and texture, lines and geometry became an unscripted theme to explore. I photographed footprints, stones, trees, tree bark, plants, landscapes and an RAF Hawk trainer/fighter.

My difficulty has come with deciding how to present the photos. The review of Michael Wolf (seen here) was inspiring, but his series are so well presented that I have had difficulty with selecting photos and grouping them together to try and replicate his quality.

Trees

Grid-no-ayers

Geometry

Grid-no-layers

Macro

Grid-no-layers

I feel that all of the grids are presentable, but geometry more so. The layout for that works well, and adds to the geometric theme, as well as being easy on the eye. It matches concrete with concrete, wood with wood, and post with post.

Macro could possibly have done with an extra photo, but to be honest I wasn’t pleased with the others that I shot on the day. The first two photos are of a good quality technically and aesthetically, although the third lacks clarity towards the edges of the thorn.

Trees is a consistent series but it lacks punch, and that’s because of the first three photos. If I were to take a few more photos similar to the bottom pairing and add those, it would improve the series considerably.

As always I welcome critique and feedback.

 

 

Whitby

A few photos taken on my Huawei P10 Smart Phone. I’m currently developing some taken on my main camera (Olympus OMD EM10 mk iii) for my studies.

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