Results are in

Well I passed which is all I hoped for and now looking at the overall November assessment results I can see that I my score sits just above the midway point which I am really pleased with. I started this course with no prior learning, I was in effect a complete novice so perhaps I can really do this!

I scored 62% overall and the final comments pleasantly surprised me :

Your final assignment (Photography is Simple) very much impressed the assessors. In this final piece of work you really brought together all the things that you’ve learnt as part of Expressing Your Vision. This submission was original and well executed and bodes very well for future development. The assessors look forward to seeing what you produce in your next course.

Lets hope I can reach a similar score or higher for my next course C&N.

515908 W Rose PH4EYV marksheet

515908 W Rose PH4EYV results letter

Grammar check

So I spent most of yesterday going back over each and every blog entry (190 ish) to check for typo’s and grammar mistakes. Hopefully I have spotted them all but sometimes they are so easy to miss. I checked the categories they were assigned to and corrected these so the assessors should be able to navigate the menus and find what they want much easier.

Now my next mission is to look at any re-works.

Gregory Crewdson – Cathedral of the Pines

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( Image by Gregory Crewdson  http://agenda.parisphoto.com – Accessed 01.07.17)

I visited the Photographers Gallery on Saturday (unfortunately not as part of the study trip) to see the exhibition of Gregory Crewdsons ‘ Cathedral of the Pines’. I have always been impressed by the detail to his work but seeing it in the flesh was so much better than expected, the printed page really does his images no justice.

The entire gallery was handed over to display his work which I don’t think I’ve seen happen before? Three floor of large-scale images to peruse.

All of the images I believe were taken in a small rural town in Massachusetts, at first I followed the images and seemed to link them in my mind to make a complete story then one image would break this chain. I retraced my steps and tried to see them as individual stories, I could make a multitude of different stories and endings to each and every image which I really liked. I felt that I could peer into and beyond the trees and look through windows and doorways. The images were amazingly sharp with such clarity I felt I could continue to look into the depths and find more secrets hidden there. There is such a painterly quality about them which I imagine Gregory Crewdson draws his inspiration from, certainly for lighting them.

There is a sense of darkness and foreboding throughout the exhibition, the images were unsettling in an interesting way. They each felt to me as though a crime or catastrophe had just occurred or was looming, I could feel sadness and sometimes regret. I wonder if this comes across because although they are somewhat intimate there is no direct eye contact from any of the subjects. I find that eye contact in life is important and reassuring , a lack of eye contact can make a person feel wary which may give me this sense of foreboding.

The only observation that I found a tad irritating was the re-use of all the props. I imagine that for each image viewed as a stand alone piece this would not matter but when viewed as a collection it takes away the belief that these could be real scenes and confirms to the viewer that they are staged. I would have liked to not notice the repeated use of props. There was also one image in which the bin or maybe it was an umbrella stand appears to be hovering in mid-air! Once I saw this I could not in-see it.

 

 

Richard Rowlands Regency Project

My book has arrived!

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It was both interesting and refreshing to see the building being renovated but still retaining its use as a home for homeless. So often these beautiful buildings are renovated into flats, marking a change in chapter for the building.

Richard Rowlands has captured the transformation in a subtle way which blends the architectural change with the people who reside there and its history. It does not seem to delve too deeply into why these people are there or their life story but you get a sense as you move through the book.

The clothes in bin bags hint at this being a temporary space for the occupant, or perhaps they came with very little. The building is run down and poorly kept but then its mission is not for profit. The instructions of support needed and the claiming of furniture tell their own stories. By the end of the book you can see and almost feel the life returning to the building, bright clean spaces, fresh walls and a spark of optimism.

My flat no longer has a tenant and I will not have time in the duration of this assignment to catalogue the renovations  however I did spot some similarities to some of the images I have taken.

The layers of wallpaper which you can see reveal runs of blue paint. I unmasked the football cards and layers to reveal runs of paint which appeared almost abstract.

The pattern on the walls are all that remain of what has been removed, I too had these after the square silver tiles had been removed.

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The chair, heavily stained and marked that has most likely seen and heard it all, steadfastly sat in the corner through all the years. My sofa in the flat was dishevelled and stained, with holes that I’m certain the cat climbed in to sleep.

 

Research – Taryn Simon – Contraband

I am hoping to take my photographs today of the small number of items I removed from the flat, I am curious to see how I will view them in an isolated image and light?

Before I do this I thought I would take another quick look at the work of Taryn Simon,  in particular her Contraband series. This was a number of images that she took over a one week period at JFK airport customs of seized contraband goods.

http://www.tarynsimon.com/works/contraband/#1 (Accessed 13.06.2017)

All of the items were photographed against a light background which remains consistent throughout her images. It is as if she is cataloguing these items, when grouped together in creates a fascinating insight into the world around us and the sheer scale of things. Over 1000 items in one week in one place! It is unsettling to imagine the scale of the problem worldwide.

Looking at the array of goods, I have noticed the DVD’s, there are now lots of these left behind at the flat as the tenant has decided he no longer wants them, I didn’t consider including them but actually they say rather a lot about a person so I might pop back.

The Plexiglas displays would also work well with my objects as I could sit the images side by side with the objects, if only these were readily available!

 

Research – Tina Enghoff: Possible Relatives

Tina Enghoff’s Possible relatives appears to focus on what is left behind after someone dies. The images feel forlorn and I get a sense of something missing, it is interesting as you look through the images and wonder about the stories behind them. What were the stains? Why are they there? Why is the chair left upturned and the drawers open? Some images look more orderly, like the person expected to return. Some show that they were perhaps neglected or in a temporary state. It does make you think about what you leave behind and how the small personal things that are intrinsic to a person can seem so meaningless once they are gone.

The intro on her website states:

Possible Relatives is a project about rejection, loneliness and invisibility –about the poverty of social contact in our otherwise economically developed welfare system.

http://www.tinaenghoff.com/text.php?case_id=9 (Accessed 10.07.2017)

This really does connect with the images I have taken and my overall message. This person was socially rejected, and struggled with loneliness, they had been reaching out for at least a year and may well have felt invisible to the outside world.

Her website into also has this interesting passage:

“ We who only see the empty rooms, know nothing about the people who have left them.”

http://www.tinaenghoff.com/text.php?case_id=9 (Accessed 10.07.2017)

My flat was empty, the tenant had been moved on to supported accommodation where he would no longer feel lonely so I was the viewer of these empty rooms. I have never met the tenant and know only a little bit of his story however I felt that just by looking at his rooms and belongings I started to build a picture of him and his obsessions.

http://www.tinaenghoff.com (Accessed 10.07.2017)

In retrospect I realise that I have taken similar images to Tina Enghoff’s above, I also photographed the sofa and I tried to capture a jacket hanging up. I liked the way it added the person / human element to the empty space. The jacket is obvious but I liked to show the dent in the sofa and the space his cat may have snuck into. In Tina Enghoffs image she is portraying the ‘missing’ person, the person that has died , my images are to prove that a person lived here and how he lived, but as he has moved on I guess this is still very much about his past.

I like how in the second image I have captured his jacket reflected in the mirror suggesting his presence. What seems odd in this image is the bottle of spray cleaner on the floor? The flat was by no means clean , so what on earth did he use this for?

What is interesting is after viewing Possible Relatives I looked at some of her other work and saw that in her series entitled Dogwalk Tina Enghoff takes a mixture of images from both the walk and objects found on the walk re-photographed in a clinical way which is similar to the idea I want to explore of objects taken away from the flat.

 

 

Research – Arturas Valiauga

“To talk about life or eat a Super Big Mac layered with pulp fiction and people’s destinies. Fast food…

Don’t talk about life or just feel a part of it, to accept a stranger as one’s very own, to stay honestly individual.

During ten years the walls covered with clips from newspapers and magazines as well as candy wrappers are between silence and talking. Home becomes the map of the inside and outside world.”

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http://www.europeanprospects.org/arturas-valiauga/i-dropped-steppas-we-talked-about-life (Accessed 10.07.2017)

The Images by Arturas Valiauga are really close to my own images taken at the flat. It is clear from the intro above that Valiaguga was invited into Steppas home, in this home there appears to reside an older couple, although I am unsure if it is a younger son perhaps in the images rather than a partner. They have covered their walls in a mixture of newspaper cuttings, puzzles, photographs and adverts. It is like a shrine to the world around them and almost provides a visual history of their time.

The walls in the flat I photographed were covered in what was obviously my tenants world, football (or at least football cards), models, war, films and cars.

In Arturas Valiauga’s images he has also included the people who reside there which adds to a sense of identity, I do not have to work to picture the people in my mind as this information has been provided. Arturas title ‘ I dropped in on Steppas we talked about life’ seems to suggest a relaxed approach and a worldly-wise conversation, presumably they avidly read about the world before proudly displaying it.

http://www.europeanprospects.org/arturas-valiauga/i-dropped-steppas-we-talked-about-life (Accessed 10.07.2017)

In my images (Below) It is not news articles he proudly displayed but cards, cars and model instructions:

Research – Leonie Hampton: In the shadow of things

Leonie Hamptons work ‘In the shadow of things’ documents her mothers OCD and hoarding and the process of dealing with it. The video starts with the hands of a woman cleaning themselves. It is mesmerizing, the detailed way of how she cleans her hands suggest she may have had a nursing background as this is very much similar to clinical hand hygiene.  The video of images then take you on a journey which appears to be very up and down and littered with what seems to be other distractions on the journey such as ill health.

It is an interesting portrayal and is extremely personal.

I have no personal connection to the tenant at the flat so I cannot make that personal connection, he was obsessive in collecting things and painting things but I don’t get the same sense portrayed in Leonie Hamptons work but perhaps this is due to the lack of personal connection.

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http://www.leoniehampton.com/home/intheshadowofthings/061615/the-work/?image=8 (Accessed 10.07.2017)

Research – Ryan L Moule: Latent Frequencies

http://files.cargocollective.com/116480/Latent-Frequencies-Book.pdf

(Accessed 11.06.2017)

Ryan L Moule’s approach is interesting. He has captured images of buildings seemingly destined to end up in the ocean through erosion. He has captured these buildings using ‘old’ processes, by using film, but he had taken this one stage further by not ‘fixing’ the final image. This means that over time the image will darken and eventually be rendered obsolete much like the buildings he is photographing.

We rely on images to immortalise the past, we don’t need to try to remember when we have visual evidence. We also have a new throw away culture where permanence is not necessary, does this collection of images prove that we can wipe out memory by lack of permanence. The viewer of Moule’s images cannot waste viewing for the sake of it as the more exposed to light it is the more it fades therefore the viewer must rely on the permanence of his or her own memory to preserve the images that exist. I am hoping that I am making sense!

The video (Accessed 11.06.2017) on his website:

Many are hard to decipher, the images already darkened, I do however like the way my eyes almost seem to adjust to the light. This reminds me of the darkness in the flat I photographed , especially the bathroom, and how my eyes tried hard to adjust. I wish in Ryan L Moule’s images he had some wider shots or the externals and not just the internals, I would have liked to see for myself the buildings soon to be demise and how close it was.

 

 

Research – David Hoffman

I have looked briefly at the work of David Hoffman, primarily his Cotall Street squat eviction series of images. There are some that show the bare squat and its condition without the squatters in the scene,  this closely resembles the type of images I have captured.

http://hoffman.photoshelter.com/gallery/091210-Cotall-St-Squat-Eviction/G0000sBut5dEmZbA/

(Accessed 11.06.2017)

It is not really the subject that connects to my images but the condition, sadly the flat I am photographing was not a squat although it in some ways resembled the images David Hoffman has captured both in his Cotall Street squat eviction and his Stepney squat. In fact I hadn’t realised but there was also a garage at the flat that was filled with waste, mostly rabbit hutches?? In total over 2 tonnes was removed which is probably similar to the amount of waste that must build up in a squat!