At the beginning of October I spent 4 days in one of my favorite places, the area around the town of Fanano in the Modenese Apennines. It is a mountainous and heavily wooded region about an hour’s drive south of Bologna. I decided to use the trip as an opportunity to start applying some of what I’m learning on the course, particularly in terms of … Continue reading 4 Days In Italy
Introduction Photographers and artists have always found inspiration in their immediate location. There is a concept within Welsh culture called Y Filltir Sgwâr (the ‘Square Mile’), which is described by Professor Mike Pearson and refers to the intimate connection between people and their childhood surroundings: In our earliest years we know a patch of ground in a detail we will never know anywhere again – … Continue reading Assignment 1: Square Mile/Y Filltir Sgwâr
There are a couple of concepts that I have encountered whilst researching the world of photography which have really struck a chord. I think both have been a part of my work without me necessarily identifying that they are a ‘thing’, but with this recognition I’ll seek to devote some conscious effort to them. The first of these is ‘Le Flou’, the direct English translation … Continue reading Inspiration: Le Flou
There’s a railway viaduct over the River Mole close by. In fact, I can see it from the house, but it’s a 10 minute walk to get across the river and under it. For Square Mile I really want to picture it in the mist, as viewpoints largely limit me to high-contrast shots of a shadowy structure against bright skies. This morning the mist at … Continue reading Where Did That Mist Go?
Another long weekend walk has been a great opportunity to put into practice what I’m learning. Time for some B&W. Really enjoying photographing the hidden corners of the Surrey countryside. Continue reading More Practice
In this exercise it was suggested we research the work of Toshio Shibata, and draw inspiration from his abstract compositions contrasting fluidity and solidity. Being pushed for time I’ve used a location very close to home. Aside from the occasional heron, the Castle Mill wier has never seemed to me to be an especially photogenic place. However, looking at it through the eyes of Toshio … Continue reading Exercise 1.11: Stillness & Movement
This exercise is about experimenting with shutter speed, something I really enjoy. One of the things I love about photography is the ability to alter the perception of time in a way not possible with the naked eye. I especially like the possibilities offered by long exposures, and the superimposition of multiple shots. In the past I have admittedly stuck to some subjects which would … Continue reading Exercise 1.10: Shutter Speed