“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

Ansel Adams

Week 7: Very far from fine..

This week I attended the Face to Face weekend at Falmouth. It proved to be a very transformational event for me and my practice. The group critique was one of the most productive sessions for my work. I had attended similar the year previous but found it very challenging to put my work on show […]

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Week 5: Just Giving?

“The camera has the power to catch so-called normal people in such a way as to make them look abnormal. The photographer chooses oddity, chases it, frames it, develops it, titles it” Susan Sontag’s On Photography p34 The use of photography to tell the story of disability is a long and controversial one. Traditionally it championed […]

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Week 5: The ever watchful eye

Is photography voyeuristic? Or is the viewer themselves the voyeuarist? To quote Swift: “When did it happen? That imperceptible inversion. As if the camera no longer recorded but conferred reality. As if the world were the lost property of the camera. As if the world wanted to be claimed and possessed by the camera. To […]

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Week 4: Signs

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sunset. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing Images can be more than just two dimensional still frames from an […]

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Week 4: Into the Image World

“The Photograph is an extended, loaded evidence — as if it caricatured not the figure of what it represents (quite the converse) but its very existence … The Photograph then becomes a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time: a temporal hallucination, so […]

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Week 3: Hunters & Farmers

As already seen, my working practices are varied and for a long time, I lacked identity as a photographer. During the duration of this MA, I am finding more and more that I fit within the notion of conservation photography. That being the telling of stories that promote nature and seek to find a more […]

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Week 3: Constructed Realities

Within an average week, I look at many different photographs. Some intentionally, others I am exposed too through media, advertising and my work. The range of images varies wildly, but the percentage of those that stick with me is relatively small. For me, the image that carries gravitas are ones that showcase the living or […]

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Week 2 Activity: Further Questions of Authenticity

“Photographs are not simply different from other kinds of pictorial representation in certain detailed respects; on the contrary, photographs are not really representations at all. They are the practical realization of the general artistic ideals of objectivity and detachment” Joel Snyder & Neil Walsh Allen, ‘Photography, Vision, and Representation’, p145 in: Critical Inquiry, Vol.2, Autumn […]

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Week 2: A Question of Authenticity

“The realists do not take the: photograph for a “copy” of reality, but for an emanatior of past reality: a magic, not an art. To ask whether : photograph is analogical or coded is not a good means of analysis. The important thing is that the photograph possesses an evidential force, and that its testimony […]

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Week 1 Activity: Informing Contexts?

Szarkowski once wrote “The history of photography had been less a journey than a growth. Its movement has not been linear and consecutive but centrifugal. Photography, and our understanding of it, has spread from a centre; it has, by infusion, penetrated our consciousness. Like an organism, photography was born whole. It is in our progressive […]

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Human Choices

Berger once said “a large part of seeing depends on habit and convention” This was especially true in the days before photography when the visual art form was channelled through the medium of a painting, or sculpture. The artist’s ability to recreate a scene and display that to an audience was celebrated as a way […]

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