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DPP : Final thoughts

Final reflections on DPP DPP introduced some new elements to my photography as well as reinforcing some old ones.  The impact of black and white as a powerful medium was brought back to me, really for the first time since the advent of colour, and in generating material for the final assignment, I experienced a […]

ASSIGNMENT 5 – the next steps

After a period of reflection I have taken the decision to re-focus Assignment 5 on the ‘people unaware’ images and move away from the ‘old’ and ‘new’ theme.  I liked this set, but the body of material from which I had to draw was smaller than I had anticipated when I started (the practitioners are […]

ASSIGNMENT 5 Tutor feedback

I have received the feedback on my final assignment prior to submission and it was overall encouraging but with some thoughts to consider to refine the submission set further and some issues to address from back in Assignment 4 which I know I have been avoiding thus far. It has been great to see you […]

Eddie Ephraums

Eddie Ephraums I recently attended a one day seminar by Eddie Ephraums as part of the program offered by the Royal Photographic Society’s Thames Valley Digital Imaging Group.  The first session, Many Ways of Seeing, discussed how recording media influence our relationship with our subjects, and the second session, The Language of the Print, covered […]

Art Photography Now: Susan Bright: Book review

Art Photography Now; Susan Bright Susan Bright’s Art Photography Now claims to present “the work of eighty of the most important and best loved artist-photographers in the world today”.  It explores the subjects, styles and methods of leading photographers through sections focusing on Portrait, Landscape, Narrative, Object, Fashion, Document and City.  The analysis of each […]

Museu Picasso in Barcelona

 “It isn’t up to the painter to define the symbols.  Otherwise it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words!  The public who look at the picture must interpret the symbols as they understand them” Picasso On a recent visit to Barcelona I spend some time in the Museu Picasso, a […]

Only in England; photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

“Here they come.  The bloody English .. in their Zephyrs, Wolseleys and Anglias” Mick Jackson Images are reproduced by kind permission of Media Space and the Science Museum to whom I am indebted for access to their exhibition Press Pack I recently visited the new gallery at the Science Museum Media Space in London to […]

OCA Thames Valley Group Study Day: Oct 19th

This was the third of the Thames Valley OCA student group meetings that I have been able to attend, and as before, I found it a thought provoking and interesting day.  The opportunity to interact with a group of people with whom  I have had the chance to discuss things with on a number of […]

Taylor Wessing Time

It’s that time of year again when the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize announces its shortlisted final four entries.  This year Anoush Abrar, Dorothee Deiss, Giles Price and Spencer Murphy are contenders for the £12,000 prize, which rewards the best in contemporary portrait photography.  The judges have selected 60 portraits from over 5000 entries to […]

Light it like Hitchcock …

Watching horror films the night before Debating witches and folklore The unknown troubles on your mind Maybe your mind is playing tricks You sense, and suddenly eyes fix On dancing shadows from behind Iron Maiden (Steve Harris) In my feedback from Assignment 2, my tutor suggested that I take a look at the lighting strategies […]

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