Imogen Cunningham

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. - Imogen Cunningham

Saturday, 28 July 2012


Evening bloggers,
todays post is only a short one.

I am now the proud owner of "PENTAX ME SUPER - Book of Photography" by Sam Haskins.
Hopefully this little beauty of a book, which was a BARGIN at £0.01, will help me to learn even more about my fabulous baby and get some cracking photos from it.
Tomorrow i'll blog a couple of my photos I have already taken and hopefully get out and about to take a few more :)

Laters x

Friday, 27 July 2012


My belated blog!
Yesterday I was going to blog about the wonderful amazing Lars Von Trier film Meloncholia, I was that overwhelmed by it that I just went to sleep in awe!

I was in two minds whether or not to watch it, I have watched other films from this wonderful director but I was very unsure about whether or not I'd enjoy this one as much. The end of the world and depression are very deep and difficult topics.

Would you like to know the one word and the only word that I could say once it had finished?


That was it, 3 simple The composition and structure of the film was phenomenal and I found myself dragged into this world, this traumatising and terrifying world.

The use of colour, of silence, of bare skin on all complimented each other so so well.
I also loved the way that he ran the story of a collision of two planets alongside the story of two sisters colliding with their trying to save the other.

Im still mind blown at the experience that was Meloncholia, such deep emotions bought out of the viewer by such an amazing film.

Words have succumbed me, I love it.
Simple, best film I have ever seen.
I will analyse it in more depth next time I watch it, I just thought I would let you all know just how much this film has captured and inspired me!

All I can say is, WATCH IT! NOW! GO!

Thanks for reading, x

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Well haven't I been rubbish...


SORRY that I have been so RIDICULOUSLY rubbish, the last few months have flown by and i'm not going to lie...this wee little blog of mine went completely out of my mind.
SO...the other day I was sat around thinking, I MUST turn over a new leaf!

MY AIM: Blog away every day, no matter what it is. Every single day, (holidays obvs being a reason not to blog for a couple of days!) thoughts, ideas, processes, general jibber jabber.

But for now, I will give you all a quick recap of the process I have made recently and where my work and practice is at right now.


Over the past few months I have taken part in a curated exhibition, experimented with photography, printmaking, stitching and collage.


The Curated show was a fantastic opportunity to learn about putting on shows and working as a team with others. Overall there was 7 of us in our group, it consisted of Emily Long, Tara Wynne, Olivia Lennon, Steph Carr, Laura Twigg and Rosanna Ling. We initially created our group as a lot of our work has links, some not as obvious as others but there was definitely links within our work. We all knew each other quite well and thought we would make a good team. We initially all had individual roles to be the head of, we wanted to ensure that everything was under control and the entire show was organised. Although we all had individual roles, a lot of the time we all chipped in as to make things get completed quicker and to ensure that no-one was struggling or left  to do everything on their own. The roles which we were allocated at the beginning were;
Co-ordinator: Laura Wilkes
Advertising: Steph Carr and Olivia Lennon
Budgeting: Tara Wynne
Catalogue: Laura Wilkes and Emily Long
Guestlist: Rosanna Ling and Laura Wilkes
Proposal: Laura Twigg and Rosanna Ling
Curator: Rosie, every member of the group to chip in also.
Health and Safety: Laura Twigg
Transmission Announcement: Laura Wilkes and Tara Wynne
Symposium: Laura Twigg and Tara Wynne
As I said, a lot of the time we all chipped in on each section as it made things a lot easier. When it came to curating the exhibition we all helped ensure that things looked right, as Rosie had the final say on the curation, some of the work did not get displayed how the artists wanted it displayed. That is what happened in my case, I had two pieces to display in two seperate rooms, I had a vague idea on where I wanted my work to be shown. I expressed my wish for this but unfortunately the curator decided against these ideas. My work got displayed in the hall and on a spare wall in the room by it. Originally my work was meant to be displayed above the fire place in one room and again in the other room opposite the fireplace. This would have definitely made my work look a lot better and be understood by the audience a lot better, however, I compromised in order to avoid upset within the group. Other than this the opening of the exhibition ran incredibly smoothly and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.


This semester I opted for the Photography workshop, this consisted of 3 sessions altogether. The first of the sessions was based within the studio, we focused on using the lighting within the room, macro lens photography and also ‘Painting with light. We all participated together initially, we learnt how to use studio lighting and how different lights can interfere or change the outcome of the image. This I found particularly interesting as I love photography, I love learning anything I can about it as I believe the more I know, the more I can use it to my advantage within my practice. For this first session we then went on to split into two groups, one that concentrated on marco photography and learning how to take fantastic close up images. The other group, which I attended was about learning to paint with light. As there was only one tutor, a lot of the session was us as a group left to our own devices to play around and experiment until we found what worked best for us. Overall we were in a group of 6 and we had some fantastic outcomes, we used film and digital photography to see what kind of difference it made. Overall, I learnt a lot about painting with light and how light can affect images in different ways.
The second and third sessions were about teaching us to develop our black and white films and then printing them using the enlargers which we have in the dark room within university. I was lucky enough to have already had a one to one tutorial with Ken Grint on this so I did not need the help here. I had a lot of my own practice to continue with so I did not attend, however, I feel this was acceptable as to not waste Kens time as I already knew what I was doing. This workshop was very successful and I have definitely gained more knowledge and skills on photography.


My interpretation of identity is initially caught upon the camera. Using film to create a unique look, I captured my surroundings to represent the eye of an individual removed from the image and also in one particular picture an individual. I wanted to reflect an absence of the individual, addressing individual interaction with space through choices of colour and composition. I attempted meticulous editing to ensure that I create a new identity through my manipulation of the 2D image. I wanted to make the image from a distance look 3D but in reality be as flat as possible. I  strived to combine traditional and contemporary mediums, the subject of the portrait is re-earthed capturing a contemporary take upon absence.


Here I tried to capture the removal of an identity. I wanted to portray this in a more daring way, I used a mixture of the mediums of photography, collage and embroidery to capture this. Screen printing 6 portraits onto calico, I then used my own photography to block out parts of the individuals faces. I decided to do this as I wanted to put emphasis the anonymity, by blocking out their faces you can no longer perceive their emotions or capture anything about their identity. It is left to the imagination of the viewer to perceive the identity of the figure in the work. I decided to incorporate embroidery into my work to put an ironic twist on this removal. Embroidery can be perceived as permanent or temporary and this is what I want to represent the removal of the identity, in this case is it permanent? I used several portraits to embrace the ‘frenzy’ or ‘obsession’ that was suggested in my last piece of work, I also decided the pattern of the embroidery suggested this ‘frenzy’ also.


After collaging using material, paper and photography I wanted to further my practice and develop my collages into something more technical to see if the same interpretation could be read. I used a series of images that I took on my Pentax ME Super with a 35mm film and layered them on top of each other creating a challenging abstract piece. Changing the opacity on each image gave me the opportunity to incorporate more figures and mixing structures together. Yet again, mixing the contemporary with the traditional, I have attempted to create an enticing abstract image hoping to represent the removal of an individual. I still incorporated repetition to ensure that there was still a link within my practice, I also used my original photography as I felt it carried a form of nostalgia. you can all see its been a bit of a hectic few months! Such a long post hey? I will write again tomorrow, give you guys a bit of a break!

Tomorrow I will be talking ideas, processes and where abouts im off to photograph!

Laters x

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Jan Assessment

Today was my 20% assessment for my Fine art Studio module, unfortunately Col my tutor was ill. This meant that I was to be assessed by two tutors that did not know me or my practice, I personally feel that this is a massive disadvantage to me as I felt uneasy about presenting to the two tutors I did not know.
However, I decided to go in with an open mind and show just how proud I was of the work that I had done for my first assessment.
How wrong could I have been?
It was possibly one of the worst 45 minutes of my life, I got completely and utterly grilled about everything that came out of my mouth. Everything that I said was apparently wrong and I also got told that I need to actually have an idea and stop messing around. This really upset me as the whole idea that I had for this semester and this year was to play around with different ideas and find what my practice truly is.

My overall assessment mark was 49% which to me is highly disappointing. Im deflated. Have no motivation and frankly quite upset about the whole experience.
Hopefully i'll pick myself back up again and get going but right at this moment I cant see this happening...

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


During this first semester I have attended several workshops laid on by the university. The first workshop which I attended was the 'Black and White Chemical Photography' session, this was run by Ken Grint. There was another session later on in the term which I also attended alone, as no-one else turned up, this was fantastic for me as I got a one-on-one session for 2 hours. During the first session as none of us had managed to obtain our own processed negatives, we used a negative from Ken himself to learn how to select the correct contrast and exposure time. I found this workshop in particularly fascinating, I got a lot out of it and gained a lot of new skills. Ken taught us how to process our own negatives and how to develop our own prints from our negatives with the correct contrast etc.

This was my outcome...

Another workshop that I attended was Screen Printing. This was run by Kid Acne, a practicing print maker. During this I just wanted to see what type of effect I would get from the screen print and whether or not it would create the effect that I was aiming for.
I used one of the images that I printed myself in the dark room and played around with that during the workshop. I have screen printed before so I knew how to create the actual screen, this sped up the process a lot.

Here is the outcome of the image that I printed...

The final workshop that I attended during this first semester was photo-etching.This is something which I have never done before, so I was very excited about attempting a new

All of this work that I have done over the few workshops that I attended I will be using as part of my portfolio to go towards my 20% assessment on the 10th January.

Saturday, 10 December 2011


14-18 West Bar Green,
S1 2DA
Tel: 0114 273 0997
In the final week of the exhibitions, it will contain work from 15 other students alongside my own. The list of students included in this exhibition is as followed;
Ander Sagastiberri
Angela Holland
Ashley Birch
Ashley Holmes
Caitlin Whitcroft
Claire De-Mortimer Griffin
Emily White
Gareth Mason
Laura Twigg
Laura Wilkes
Lucy Coward
Noelia Lecue
Olivia Lennon
Steph Carr
Victoria Cadisch
Will Sheldon.
E X H I B I T I O N, 5th December 2011 – 9th December 2011. Opening, 7th December 2011, 7pm-9pm

It's been a while...

It has been quite a while since I have posted on here so I have decided to catch you all up on exactly what I have been up to with my work and hectic schedule.
It has been a busy few months with my Solo Exhibition at the orchard centre and my January assessment.
The last two months have been very busy and my practice has developed massively.
Last time I made a post about my work, I was very stumped as to which direction to move in with my practice...I had a few ideas bouncing around but I could not seem to concentrate on one.

This was when I decided that it would be best to just crack on with my work and start playing around with the ideas in my head.

My Sketchbook is very important to my work as I believe that the documentation is a fantastic way of ensuring all of my ideas have some form of basis to them. My large sketchbook is where all of my brainstorms are kept, all my ideas, thoughts, progress of my work.

I also look at a fair few artists throughout my sketchbook, one certain artist in particular being of great interest...John Stezaker.

I personally interpreted Stezaker's work to include absence as a possible theme. The way parts of the images are missing and replaced with something else instantly makes me think of a 'lack'. Stezaker's work intrigued me, I found each individual image so powerful yet so simple. Using found images he collaged into them with landscapes or other portraits, the way that the collage hides certain bits of the images creates an instant lack, to me creating an air of absence. What do you see behind the collage? It seems to hide part of the personality, its slightly mysterious. I love his work and I definitely plan on using his work as a main influence in my practice.
Alongside my artist research, I also had a photography workshop that I attended and used to develop my work. I attended the Black and White Chemical Photography workshop, learning how to process negatives and to develop my prints. I absolutely loved attending this workshop as I learnt a lot of skills which I will carry with me for life.

Some of the images which I managed to take (I'd never used a film camera before) came out exactly how I wanted them to. I took a trip to the general cemetery to photograph the epitome of absence - death. In my head, a person being removed from your life or removed from the world is an absence, this is why I believed photographing in the cemetery was the perfect idea.

 The image above shows three of the photographs which I took on my black and white film, these were the three which I thought came out the best from my 36 roll. I loved the way the three worked individually and as a group.
I printed each of the images myself in the dark room, the process itself put me out of my comfort zone, I have never done anything like this before so doing it made me feel very distant from my normal practice.

Once I had developed my images, I decided that I wanted them to be the main piece of work for my solo exhibition as I felt very proud of what I had done...