NCFE LEVEL 2 PHOTOGRAPHY – Assignment 2 & 3, Unit 2, Task 1&2
RESEARCH (1.1, 1.2)
In the past month and a half, I have been lucky enough to attend two fantastic exhibitions, and to exhibit in one 🙂
PHOTO LONDON, SOMERSET HOUSE – 17- 20 May 2018
After making our way into London, I have to admit, I was struggling to cope physically pretty quickly, and I don’t think I saw nearly as much as I would have wanted to, but for my first ever photographic exhibition, it was a bit of a show-stopper! Not strictly speaking an exhibition, it’s billed as an Art Fair, and was jammed with Literati and the glitterati too! Heart-stoppingly beautiful works and some eye-wateringly expensive prices.
Whilst it was amazing to see some of the iconic 50’s & 60’s fashion shots, especially those of John French (personal favourite of mine) to Terence Donovan and Bailey, I really did love seeing candid shots of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren.
Some of the images I liked best were not simply photographs. A lot of them incorporated a range of materials and techniques; from paint to paper cutting & paper pricking, aluminium printed images, concept works such as video and kinetic light images. I am inspired to try out a few of these new-to-me techniques. I really loved these images. Sadly, I cannot tell you who made them, because I can’t stand for too long in one place, and it quite often involved standing waiting for a long time to read what the tiny piece of labelling said… sorry. 😦
I suppose in my own small way I have been making images along these lines for a long time, drawing and machine embroidering onto some of my own photo’s as part of my journalling.
I really was inspired though by the beautiful craft orientated images like that of Maurizio Anzeri, a ‘photo sculptor’. If you are a regular reader of my blog you may remember my blog piece on this form of artwork. Anzeri takes vintage photographs and embroiders onto them with such precision and skill. Whilst the photograph remains a photographic image, it takes on another life as a sculpture. These beautifully executed, hypnotic works are mezmerising to look at. I am absolutely inspired and thrilled that I have actually seen some of these works. 🙂
I also loved this stunning image of Frida Kahlo (another heroine of mine) .. now having been a photography student for some time now, you’d think I’d have taken a polarising filter with me to reduce the reflections on the glass, wouldn’t you? Still…. it’s given me a chance to play with the image at home… lol. I think there’s still some embroidery I’d like to do…
Sadly we had to leave Photo London fairly quickly, because I was in pain….but it has made me want to go out and see more of what this talented World of Photography has to offer. It’s too difficult for me to choose any one image that I would have liked to have on my wall.. Maybe it’s a bit like when there are too many options on a menu, and you just can’t choose!?
…. my observations (2.2, 2.3, 2.4)
What I like best about these images is that there is something uexpected going on both in front of, and behind the subject. The man jumping over the blonde lady for example. She seems entirely oblivious to the fact. Clearly engrossed in her phone conversation, and practising her best selfie pout when she saw me turn my camera to her. In the image of the two ladies talking, the background image seems to be some kind of riot, there are police and horses, and objects have been thrown onto the street… in total contrast to the relaxed ladies, chatting with their flasks and hipster outfits. In the final image, there seems to be some kind of march, perhaps a protest march, in France. The picture behind is black and white and the tonality of my image is equally cool in tone. The subject is being photographed by her boyfriend (i think?) yet she is looking at me, taking a photograph of her being photographed. I felt there was an element of expectation, if that is the right word… everyone wanted to have their picture taken, everyone appeared happy to pose, in contrast to the usual suspicion that surrounds taking a stranger’s photo these days, Perhaps they wondered if I were some as yet, undiscovered famous photographer, and that they too would have their 15 minutes of fame?
LONDON NIGHTS, THE MUSEUM OF LONDON 11 May – 11 November 2018 (1.1, 1.2)
We took a class outing to see this brilliant exhibition. Consisting of portraits, documentaries, conceptual and photographic film, there are over 200 stunning exhibits showing nocturnal London, in all it’s colourful, vibrant, dramatic glory!
Whilst photographs were not permitted in the exhibition itself, I have managed to find a few of these images by internet search.
Buckingham Palace and Picadilly circus by night. Bob Collins
These stunning images of St.Paul’s after the blitz, 29 December 1940 taken by Daily Mail photographer, Herbert Mason. No camera trickery or Photoshop here. It shows the near total destruction of London but St.Pauls still standing in the haze of dust and dawn reflects the hope that people clung to during WWll
Historically, I’m a lifelong retro fan, but this exhibition had me thinking in some new directions.
I particularly enjoyed, this vibrant shot by Nick Turpin, of a lost in thought night-bus passenger. I wonder what he’s thinking? Is he lonely or sad? I feel like the use of colour implies hope for the future, coming through the mist.
I was blown away by this image from Rut Blees Luxemberg there is a golden glow in the background, which could be just light pollution, but could easily imply some kind of post apocalyptic glow.
This silver gelatin print on aluminium by Anthony Cairns would definitely take pride of place in my home! I love the geometric leading lines. They appear to be lit. It’s not clear whether this is a car park or a graveyard. The image is in negative.
This exhibition is definitely worth a visit and continues until mid November. There can surely be no other city quite like London? I think it’s at it’s best at night.
If you have spare time afterwards.. the museum itself is fascinating! Go!
The Rotunda outside the Museum also has it’s own exhibition featuring amazing work from students in the local area following the London Nights theme.
ps. Many Thanks Toby for seeing me safely there, and home again. You are a star!
RICHMOND SCHOOL OF ART – June 2018 (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4)
And then, even more excitingly, to top it all off, we had our own exhibition here at Richmond Art College. It was well represented by all three levels of NCFE Phtography.
Armed with a hammer and panel pins, I set off… on a very sunny mid morning to put up my chosen images…. still at this point a little undecided as to which would be going up after all!
Some from our Postcode Project
and then the two ‘Product Shoot’ studio images
There isn’t a huge amount of room on the boards, once you take into account the number of students, and the standard of work is pretty awesome across all three groups.
It was lovely to get to meet our fellow students and compare notes, the standard of work was amazing. It was good to also get feedback from our peers.
Such a busy month! I consider myself a true Culture Vulture now…..
research images, my own and found on Google