Whilst I continue to procrastinate about starting Part 2 I have at least made an attempt to get out on the streets with my camera. I’m not keen on the in-your-face approach, perhaps I’m not sufficiently confident for it. I prefer to shoot from a distance, placing people in context with their surroundings. I continue to lean towards dark or dimly lit scenes, and remain … Continue reading Procrastination
Another student on the Foundation is planning a trip to Skye. I visited the island myself in April 2016, an exhilarating if unpredictable time as far as the meteorological calendar goes! As usual I came back with a huge haul of images, which I’ve never really properly worked on. Now seems a good time to put into practice some of what I’ve learned about reviewing, … Continue reading Skye Revisited
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