Snapshot Diary

Jeff Wall talks about how photography is the record of an occurrence, or a non occurrence. I've been thinking about what I'm trying to say or what attracts me to make an image and I think it is down to the occurrence. The couple embracing in a moment together listening tot he music, or the plane flying through the clouds. I don't currently have a particular subject in mind, just that there must be a connection between the view and me when the image is made. 

The constant I want there to be amongst all my images is the date and time stamp acting as the moment of fact. It almost legitimises the image and puts it into a category of time. This relationship between image and time and the occurrence is what is interesting me at the moment. 

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Die Walt - Gerhard Richter

Following on from the previous post (https://bit.ly/2LnlrHi) about Gerhard Richter's newspaper take over I wanted to find the original. I was interested to see that it is now not only a newspaper but is listed in a gallery setting as an edition work of art. This piece of mass media art surely is or certainly was in many house holds after October 5th when it was released. 

" On 5 October 2012, the German national newspaper Die Walt published it's daily issue-but things looked ... different, Quieter. The sensations of the day, forgotten as soon as they're read, were missing, replaced by an unprecedented calm, extracted with care form the chaos of the contemporary."

Dispatches from Moments of Calm - Gerhard Richter

" On 5 October 2012, the German national newspaper Die Walt published it's daily issue-but things looked ... different, Quieter. The sensations of the day, forgotten as soon as they're read, were missing, replaced by an unprecedented calm, extracted with care form the chaos of the contemporary.

The calm was the work of Gerhard Richter, who had been granted control over Die Walt for that single day, taking over and imprinting all 30 pages of the newspaper with his personal stamp. Images form quiet moments amid unquiet times, the demotion of politics from it's primary position, the privileging of the private and personal over the public, and, above all, artful, moving contrasts between sharpness and softness. He had created a work of mass art.

Among the many people to preside the work was writer Alexander Kluge, who instantly began writing stories to accompany Richter's images. This book, the second collaboration between Kluge and Richter  (December, 2012), brings their stories and images together, along with new words and artworks created specifically for this volume. The result is a beautiful, meditative interval in the otherwise unremitting press of everyday life, a masterpiece by two acclaimed artists working at the height of their powers."

Wanting to stay within the realms of the family album, and the aesthetic of the snapshot, I came across this book as a possible starting point for my next project. I felt that the last work I made became something of a serious nature and some of the recollections and memories during making the work took me to places I need not go. For this reason this module leading towards my final major project I want to be something a little more playful in its output, and along with the themes of the module possibly in newspaper form. 

I have started to carry my point and shoot camera with me everywhere I go. I record mainly places I have been with the odd photograph of Olivia or my siblings. I would like to push myself slightly with this daily ritual of making and start to make work of people I don't know. I think I hide behind the photographs of the landscape so that I don't need to approach the unknown person in front of me. 

So the aim for me for this module is to start to photograph he un known and to put myself into more situations where I can make pictures of people and things rather than the landscape that passes me by.

Camilo Jose Vergara - Repeat Photography

"WTC from Manhattan Bridge"

Camilo Jose Vergara's photographs of the World Trade Centre taken from Manhattan Bridge show a period of time in which the terrorist attack on the WTC took place. This period of time was host to change in the physical landscape, as well as social and political change. On a more personal level these images show a period of time in which my Aunt was killed in the WTC terrorist attacks. This for me is a series of images from various sources I have seen over and over again. However Vergara series is somehow slightly different for me. It shows the buildings before hand, it shows the haunting site of the actual buildings on fire. Then for me it shows the regeneration, the positive look tot he future as the site is cleared and the new trade tower is erected. It shows that society can stand together and repair both he physical and the mental trauma of such an occasion. This for me is the strongest message a series of images recording a period of time can portray.

 Repeat Photography Notebook View

Repeat Photography Notebook View

Bibliography

Camilojosevergara.com. (2018). WTC from Manhattan Bridge. [online] Available at: https://camilojosevergara.com/WTC-from-Manhattan-Bridge/1 [Accessed 4 Jun. 2018].

Zine print test

In thinking about how to produce my working 'with' Ed zine I wanted to try printing using a simple double sided print form a laser printer in black and white. Sticking to the simple photocopy style zines I've looked at in the past by the likes of Ari Marcopoulos, I think this is a simple and yet still nice quality way to produce a small amount of zines. 

Its slightly complicated laying out the pages to be printed as every other page will need to be upside down just because of the way the printer recalls the page to print the second side. 

 

Images are of ceramicist Hitomi Hosono in her studio,  taken from a recent commission for Rakesprogress Magazine. 

Bruno V. Roels - The Pyramid and Palm Trees Test

 A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (Random), 2018  Composition of 100 gelatin silver prints

A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (Random), 2018

Composition of 100 gelatin silver prints

I saw a post on Roels instagram page about a new book titled The Pyramid and the Palm Tree Test. I was attracted first to the repetitive images in grid like formations on each page and the almost home made look to the publication. Simple in design and simply staple bound. It linked the idea of the small simple publication and repetition to that of Ed Ruscha's small publications often showing repletion of things as fact in down town LA. 

The inspiration from the title was even more interesting.

"It takes its title from an neurologists test that uses iconic images to check whether the test subjects have aphasia or dementia. The link between meaning/ images and iconic signs is absolute."

 

Bibliography

Brunoroels.com. (2018). Bruno V. Roels – Artist. [online] Available at: http://www.brunoroels.com [Accessed 31 May 2018].

Selfridges Poster-zine

whilst thinking about surfaces and strategies and the different avenues of dissemination, this poster-zine landed on my desk from selfridges. An A2 zine/folder full of pull out posters of their favourite brand campaigns of last year. A really interesting way of visually rounding up the previous year as well as a physical thing for people to put up on their walls with the shops branding on it as well. 

Working 'with' Ed

I've been thinking about where to take my practise this module. The starting project of Working 'with' Ed has really excited me as I have a fascination and almost an obsession with zines and printed matter. As for the subject matter, I'm still not quite sure what I want to photograph. 

I'm rather drawn to the idea of 'the backdrop of where drama played out'. The blank reality of a space. I was outside The Photographers Gallery recently watching people on their breaks smoking in the little courtyard. They all seemed to be very vacant and in their own little worlds, in their own sort of 'blank reality.'

Ruscha talks about the 'intentional deskilling' which bothers me in some ways. I don't necessarily feel it is in any way mocking the amateur photographer but I do think there is a certain amount of mocking of all photographers at any level. 

I am very interested in 'interest'. > Interest has a capacity for duration and is why we return to something again and again that is 'interesting'.

Photographs of things as fact - 

 

Initial ideas:

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Reflection from this module on Practise.

Reflecting on my photographic journey from last module tot his, I feel very much that my work is being pushed and pulled between conceptual photography looking at memory and imagination, and more commercial work aimed at getting commissions. This constant flux between the two I think has almost stifled the development in both areas. Moving forward I want to try and amalgamate these two outcomes into one style that works for both editorial and in the context of the gallery.

Mainly it is the description of Southam's work by Gerry Badger which you can read about here that has informed my work to date. "Connection, Memory and History are key points for my evolving work from now on.

 Memoryscapes, 2018 Anthony Prothero

Memoryscapes, 2018 Anthony Prothero

This images above is one I do really like but was left out of the final edit as the aesthetics of it didn't fit with he other images I had already selected. It maybe that I return here again in the future and this scene would be better matched with less abstract and perhaps some portraits.

However,I feel the work in progress portfolio I have edited and submitted is some of my strongest work to date.I don't feel I have investigated this area of interest as intensely as possible, as I think to submerge myself in the area I want to photograph in the future for longer periods of time would produce stronger work and a wider edit. 

Interms of where I take inspiration from I feel after reading some interviews with Letinsky, who is very articulate about her influences, I think I need to try and read more and to take influence form other photographers less. Reading will inform ideas rather than aesthetics. This currently is stifling my own style progression.

On the topic of memory, Dr Emily Orley talks about how, “James Joyce scribbled the words 'places remember events' in the margin of his notes for Ulysses.”(Orley, 2012:1) I hope to explore in the future the intriguing notion that the places I have photographed could have multiple memories. In some way this would be flipping the investigation around to almost a view of people from the landscapes point of view.

Imagine Finding Me - Chino Otsuka

Interested in the relationship between the past and the present I revisited Otsuka's Imagine Finding Me book project. 

Otsuka’s constructed realities of both past and present self-portraits comment on her cultural identity, as well as offering the viewer to consider their own past and present self. 

These images clearly reference the machine printed snap and the aesthetic of the snapshot.

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Georgoi Morandi - The Essence of the Landscape

I would now like to follow on from reading Shores text on the nature of the photograph, and in particular the frame of the image. I wanted to look at how the similar processes worked in relation to that of the painter. Georgio Morandi also used the ideas of the frame to decide what is to be included or left out of his painting. 

 Morandi's Viewfinder  https://bit.ly/2HE4Hdm

Morandi's Viewfinder https://bit.ly/2HE4Hdm

His paintings I find in the similar style to contemporary painter and friend of mine Sam Heath

I found his use of colour and form were not dissimilar with the close up view of my landscapes. These views showing observation of shapes and forms and less of the whole landscape scene.