“The passion for utilising and finding meaning in any national or personal trauma or catastrophe is perhaps one of the main driving forces of the human spirit”

I found this text from an exhibition called Catastrophe and the Power of Art held at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo earlier this year.  The exhibition included photography, for example the directly representational works of Naoya Hatakeyama, who photographed after earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku.  “It is as though the artists saw no point in altering perception since the catastrophe itself already provided the mediation between them and the normal state of things, the “real” life before the mess.  […] Continue reading

Returning to the elements

Returning to the landscape I find solace in whispering winds, birdsong, water rushing by.  An uninterrupted immersion. A shared world.  Beauty.  Light.  Being in the landscape restores my faith in many things. My photographs at this time capture the last moments of sun. There is magic in this time of day for me. Continue reading

Penelope Umbrico: “a million other people are doing it as well”

The idea of repetition, that we are taking photographs, and more and more of them, which are similar to photographs which already exist, has been addressed by artists such as Penelope Umbrico, Kessels Kramer (In Almost Every Picture), John Stezaker, etc.  These artists have created projects which bring together photographs which are very similar to one another in approach, making a statement about aspects of photography such as repetition, originality and convention. Continue reading

David Lynch: “there’s a certain amount of fear connected to industry for me”

David Lynch is often known more for movies than for stills, but he developed a passion for photographing old and abandoned factory sites, including in the north of England.“In north England, I was in search of what I was told would be the greatest factories. The time I was up there, they were destroying one smokestack every week.
All the factories were being torn down. It was a nightmare for me. I couldn’t believe it” (Lynch, 2014, Dazed) Continue reading

Friedl: The path is the goal in itself

I found it interesting to consider resilience in relation to my project thoughts.  I have had to build resilience from a very young age so it is a concept relevant to me personally, but also to the idea of escapism through creativity from adverse or challenging situations, whether this be confinement, work, illness, or any other element of life which disrupts our sense of wellbeing or threatens us.

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