The timing of this module has held some personal challenges which, naturally, have impacted upon recent themes and thought processes.  To make a video for the unmarked assignment was difficult as I was unwell, and I do feel, though it shows a lot of output for the last few months, it is not successful in conveying anything particularly concrete about where I may be headed.  I simply couldn’t think in those terms at that time. It was, however, still a very useful process; it allowed me to take stock of where I am at the present time even if I couldn’t quite look forward at the time of making.  It has made me realise how, photographically, I have kept very busy so far this module.  Continue reading

The gallery is one space in the town or city which “can break the circuit, arrest the flow, by encouraging us to contemplate a still, or at least a slow, image.”

The subject of photographs as art, photographs in galleries, photographs as having monetary value, photographs as replicable objects etc. continues to be brought under scrutiny.  It is evidence for me of the sheer speed of photography’s spread and capabilities as a technology.  Continue reading

Antony Gormley: ‘How Art Began’ – a view on the origins of image-making

In this BBC documentary, Gormley is shown examples of early art in different countries of the world, dating from around 14,000 to 40,000 years old.  There are many theories as to why the work was created, often deep inside dark cave labyrinths. The images may depict animals such as deer or pigs, but representations of human figures are also visible in some locations. More frequently seen are the hand-shaped stencils believed to have been sprayed by mouth, using natural pigment and saliva.  Rather than being hand prints, these stencilled shapes instead reveal the outline of hands that were once there; they are signs both of presence and absence. Although this documentary centres around rock paintings as being origins of art, it is relevant here as it is also about the human drive to make images and to leave a trace of ourselves. Continue reading

Reflective post – Constructed Realities

Reflections on the week:

It was timely for me to be considering constructed realities as I have in the past worked with constructed, miniature and digitally manipulated scenes and this week have been further exploring some ideas using similar approaches.  Unfortunately being unwell has slowed me during this week, but I have done some rough project ‘tests’, trying out an idea using video, and also playing with a constructed image idea that I had in mind.  Neither have pleased me with their results, and both need either development or moving away from completely.  Both have been ‘in my system’ for while, though, and had to come out anyway, so at least I have reached that point with them.  As is usual, the next thing is simmering. Continue reading