Artist lecture – Caroline Malloy. Monday 14th October

With a guest speaker about Forensic Science coming up, I had a lecture based on how much is taken in from the an image or your surroundings. Would you be a good witness if something happened in front of you?

This was decided by a Cognitive Thinking Test created for Psychology purposes that was available in The Guardian Newspaper. To see if people really paid attention to the question asked or saw what really happened. Strangely enough although I first saw it four years ago I was still able to remember the information as soon as I saw the familiar thumbnail of the clip. It is something that doesn’t seem to leave you!

This led on to photographers who work with set moments.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Cartier-Bresson is famous for being a documentary photographer who focuses on the decisive moment. In his eyes a photograph should not be touched, it should only be based on you getting what you see. Making the photograph a true depiction of the event.

Although he sees a scene happen he does capture many shots surrounding it so to be able to capture as many scenes as he can when shooting- giving him back up options.

Don McCullin

With McCullins, he was based in wars to document the fighters. Instead from what he sees he decides to document and bring to light the suffering and malnutrition that is happening through Biafra, 1969 during the war. Here he documents a child out of hundreds suffering the same way, who is so malnourished that they are only a skeleton. While stood behind are younger unclothed children in the form of a queue. They are all based in one camp in a country that is stuck in a blockade between fighting countries.

Kevin Carter – Pulitzer Prize Photograph

The same is with Carter, here his image shows the decisive moment of which he sees when travelling around a third world country. Here a child is starving and is malnourished so has to resort to eating anything they find or go without. At the same time a vulture, a bird of prey known for scavenging and being associated with death is watching over the child. Truthfully enforcing the child resorting to scavenging while also showing how ill the child is.

This formed the important question in documentary photography…

“What do you do if documenting something you don’t agree with? Observe or Help?”

The two sides of this hold thoughts and it all comes to morals, you con photograph and document what is happening so people else where can see what is happening and help. The terrible times can then be stopped and so many can be saved but in return you can’t the person in front of you who needs the help. Otherwise you can help the people instead of doing what you are there for but if you do you help that one person but many more who could have been helped go without.

W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith believes “integrity in a story is important, anything changed isn’t important. Taken for example this image that was of

A farmer unloads his donkey in front of his home. His wife throws out the dirty dishwater. Extremadura. SPAIN. 1951. The wife of which is asked to throw the water by Smith when he is taking the image so to capture what is happening. This he doesn’t see as being a problem as although he asked for it to be done for photographic reasoning, the water would have usually be thrown but not when the set-up was the way it was at that moment. Making you question is it posed or not.

Where as with this image Tomoko in the Bath, Smith documented a young boy with disabilities from mercury poisoning. This was to make world aware of how people had been affected. A sort of documentation so to help them however in the process the image lost the most important thing about it. People forgot Tomoko and his mother were people sharing something that was personal to them. So as they image became publicized they lost their privacy in return until the image was banned.

Robert Capa

A famous image that came to symbolize Civil War of a soldier just before being struck with a bullet in Cerreo Muriano on the Cordoba Front. However, decades later it was found to be that the image was taken 30 miles away near Espejo, a Cordoban town.

Paul Hansen

This image by Hansen won him the World Press Photo Award in 2012, the image was a documentary piece showing mourning people rushing to bury the two young children and their farther who had been killed by a missile attack that had struck their home. The brothers of the farther were rushing their relatives to the mosque as their beliefs led them to be a time limit from burying the dead quickly after passing away. The image was questioned as to it’s authenticity from the outlook of having an advertised piece from the colour and style. Even though this was formed through five layers of the same image with correct exposure to each piece.

History Re-Written

From editing photographs it means that history is being rewritten here in these two images, in the image on the left the image holds the Soviet Leaders in Red Square, Moscow, USSR. However in the edited version four people are removed as they were later seen as enemies to the Soviet State.

Briony Campbell

http://www.brionycampbell.com/projects/the-dad-project/

This video talks about life an important piece to the family, the farther is ill and his life is in jeopardy however his daughter creates a video based on their time together. An honest depiction of how they are with each other and something special for the photographer/daughter Briony Campbell to look over when she hasn’t got him to turn to later in life.

Andres Serrano

This imagery is based on the death of people here they are photographed in a morgue in a way that makes the imagery artistic. They are later titled on what the person died from. With each image the identity of the person is mainly hidden away.

Paul Smith

Another way of portraying evidence is by looking at the features such as ballistics. Here they are captured in a way that portrays them in an artistic viewing through how they are formed from the air resistance after being shot through the barrels of guns.

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Rankin – In The Face of Death

Today I watched a video that was based on Rankin’s work – Alive in the Face of Death. Portraying something that is inevitable to happen to everyone yet many are afraid to face that fact that at some point we will all die. On the other hand there are people who have come to terms with the fact they could or will die in the near future; people who are ill with cancer or other diseases otherwise work in the industry of death. Yet until that time they get prepared both mentally and physically through their funeral and belongings while fighting to live everyday they can. These are the people who influence Ranking with this work.

As quoted in the Liverpool museum

“Death; we can deny it and medicine can delay it, but it is life’s only certainty. Despite this, it remains the ultimate taboo in British society today.”

From this Ranking creates art work based on these people through looking at their personality. Capturing their real look of how they feel about themselves not in the body form.

As here with the image of Sandra Barber, the woman wanted to be a warrior battling against what is making her ill. Through this she is made to have a glamorous look through feathers and make-up which at the same time reference features familiar to native Indians famous for fighting and also war paint showing that she is prepared to take on the battle.

Where as, here brothers Sam and Dan Lloyd focus on their passion for football and Liverpool FC. So much so they work out how they can get past the barrier to play their sport. Showing that what they believe in is stronger than what is stopping them and that they still have their lives to lead. So are going to enjoy every minute they have.

This work shows emphasise of courage and strength, people who may have once been scared, who may still be scared but still they have the strength to fight on. To live their life while they can! Also helping Ranking face his fear of death, so much so he brings himself into his work by being the face used to create skulls for Mexican death masks for the Day of the Death festival in memory of loved ones.

This also brings to mind other artist’s works such as Damien Hurst – For the Love of God, skull based on an ancient skull that resembles death. While the exhibition, “‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient”. Where he says Death is “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.” In turn portraying how many people respond towards death, how many who don’t have to face it at a time focus on death. In turn creating a symbol of death, the skull and encrusting it in 8601 diamonds. Something that people would kill for yet is seen as being a beauty where a worth is given to explain how important they are. When questioning are they really worth people’s lives? So much so that people would kill for them.

Work Experience (need images)

My final task over summer was to think about what I wanted to do for work experience. This as an idea I already knew… music. As when I finish university and the reason why I joined was because I want to work in at least two of my favorite art forms combined, music and photography. So I thought about what types of photography there are in music/event photography. Where I came up with:

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After doing research I then came up with a list of options of places and people whose work interested me that I could contact for work experience locally and as far as London.

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Along the way I also found this blog based on how to get passes for photographing signed bands. A main feature based on what I want to do but until now I was unsure how to go about managing to get permission to do so. This was an help as it detailed out all the steps for me so there would be no problems.

Leading me on to going through the categories of music ticket sites to see what gigs were happening of the genre’s I liked. Here I listed the one’s that interested me the most for what is happening in the next 3 months. So now I just need to keep an eye and ear out for any other events that happen on top of the one’s known about.

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On top of it I also found this website based on the six photographers (Andrew Cotterill, Andy Fallon, Paul Harries, Mick Hutson, Roger Sargent and Andy Willsher) who work with the main music magazines in the U.K.; Kerrang, Q magazine, NME, MOJO and Metal Sound. I recognised a lot of the artists work from buying the magazines and taking an interest in the imagery that interested me. As well as using some of the artists as research to influence my own projects in the past. Here they show their work, talk about experiences they’ve had/stories, their equipment, their personal website and encouragement for up and coming music photographers. Which made me decide to join it to make connections with others interested in working in the same industry and advertising my art work.

My next move is to now email the places to see what work experience I can get as well as work out the logistics for if it is wise financially for me to travel to London during this time.

How to write an essay

Writing an essay was explained to me as writing a set of rules, that is academically written. It has a form to stick to so you know where you are going. This form usually consists of:

Introduction – 200/300 words – 

Here you write about what you are going to talk about before setting in to write it. Here you can also write about what you think your essay is asking of you to write about.

Body – 500 words each –

The body piece is usually set into three points, or a paragraph per point that you are using to substantiate your point. These are usually based on the point made, a reference to go alongside it and an explanation of how the reference proves the point as a sort of short evaluation of support. The points also must be concrete facts and not all descriptive.

Conclusion – 200/300 words –

Finally you have a conclusion, something that summarizes the whole of your essay and brings it round to finishing it off nicely with your own opinion being incorporated.

Referencing 

After all that you then finish it off completely with referencing, noting down where you got all your information from. This includes one’s from lecturer, research, etc.

Here you have to write who said  it, where it was found, the page number and the source.

Although I feel that I am able to write an essay OK as I follow this set-up anyhow. Something that was mentioned to do yet I have never done before is “write an essay plan”. An idea of what you are going to use in your essay and then organized so that it all fits together. This way it only uses what it needs, has an order worked out and is easier to create instead of coming up with the idea off the top of your head. A useful tool really!

Locate Books, Journals, Articles etc

Living in the age of technology where everything is readily available on the internet makes it easy to become complacent. Nowadays no once really considers a book or even venturing to the library as much. If you want news you have online newspapers for the details otherwise news feeds or trends to keep you up to date. If not that then there’s television or radio at hand… as it is society has become lazy and have everything they need at the touch of a few buttons. So why bother with a book, magazine, journal etc? Something you will have to venture out of your way to go and pick up, then holding a weighty object, consuming extra time flipping through each page.

This is something that was tackled last year and just this week, tackled again. “Does anyone know what a book is?” a regular question that I have heard through my education since the cross over from physical to technical. The answer is yes, we all know what a book is or at least you would hope but do we use them? is the question. For me yes I do, not as much as I should but still the option is sometimes. Mainly through story books from being read to or encouraged to read for educational purposes when young meaning we just carry on but get better quality books for our knowledge as we age.

Over time this lead on to “Who has heard of a journal?”, the answer is yes yet again although not so much, as the popular book, something to encourage the imagination or a glossy magazine with this weeks trends in it. In fact I knew what one was but I had never used it. From this I decided if I want to do well, want to broaden my knowledge, get the best outcome I can for my work then I should try it. So just like my course wants us to do I tackled the database to find a journal and few books based on my subjects. For both music photography and Hillfields area in Coventry.

Logging on to locate at my university librarylocate I started my search by typing in the key terms and did a simple search. This gave me a large range of medias to view but was still a large amount to go through.

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So I narrowed down the search by using an advanced search. Where I choose key

information and looked at key medias like books, journals etc. This shortened my list dramatically. Making it easier to search through and giving me the book “The Jazz Image Seeing Music Through Herman Leonard’s Photography by K. Pinson”. I don’t know if this be any use to me untilI actually see the book but it atleast gives me a starting point for a source to look at.

As for the research for Hillfield’s I went through the same process and came up with many media articles and books talking about doctor’s malpractice, attacks and homelessness.

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However, the ones that stood out to me was “Making Sense of Community by

Victoria Nash” and “Places Remembered in Hillfields by Hillfields History Group”. As well as the article “Ghost Town by Gareth Smyth”. 

For a lecturer yesterday we was introduced to a range of new artists. The artist’s work is set around the idea of the map location based project like the one that I have been asked to do for a project.
Although I have come up with the idea of what I want to do and have my research already found for it. I decided to take a look at this work by:
Joel Sternfeld – On This Site

This project was based on images that didn’t seem to link at first, they had an interesting and creative look but there was nothing connecting them. However, the text supplied with them gave an understanding, it put them into context. These were all places where atleast one life had been taken like the seat Rodney King was sat in or the Black Hills where many Indians had lost their lives in fights such as “The Fight of Little Big Horn”.

Terry Kurgan – Joubert

Here Kurgan focused on a park, where as many as 40 photographers were based as a business like a market. It was in an area seen as being for the deprived Africans who were living in tough conditions locally but for those who could afford it, were encouraged when passing, to have their picture taken by the photographer with the park as a backdrop.

Donovan Wylie – The Maze

For Wylie’s work he looked at a prison 10 miles outside Belfast, The Maze Prison built for terrorist in 1976. It was segregated based on  political beliefs and involvement in organizations. Yet in 2000, now the troubles have calmed down, the prison has been closed but is manned until it’s future is decided. Which gave Wylie an opportunity to document it’s existence. Showing the everyday scenes seen by the inmates and the exact same layout in every single room and of the building throughout the prison.

Peter Fraser – A City In The Mind

Based on a ficticious book “Invisible Cities” by Marco Paulo. Fraser creates an idea of London, his home of recent which he has captured for the last 5 years to create an imagined idea of how London looks. A depiction that is far from the natural look of the place but instead one that he sees from his thoughts.

Suky Best – The Return of The Native

This was a piece that was created through digital media for part of a project. It was based on nature and looked at the form of animals and the landscape. One’s that were once extinct but have now appeared back in the landscape once again.

Maciej Dakowicz – Cardiff After Dark

A familiar scene that has become stereotypical to Great Britain but is especially known to Cardiff, Wales. Is weekends full of binge drinking, drunken revelry, fights, sickness and fancy dress. However, is not something that you see everywhere which has what formed the project for Dakowicz.
Patrick Shanahan – Esperantis

The artist sees his work as being post topographic, it is focused on the urban landscape and the way it is affected by the people around it. Here he looks at locations, mainly the sea-side and shows the affect it has on the landscape when people don’t show any interest in it. This is done through colour film and long exposures so to capture only the still life and hide the people creating the mystery.
Melanie Manchot – Stories From Russia

Manchot’ work is classed as performative portraiture. Here she took images of natives stood in-front of set locations, including iconic ones. So to show what Russia and their people look like even more so being that Russia has a law against photography being done in the country, making the assignment unlawful. Although locals of to 50 people in 20 places were prepared to agree.
Corrine Silva – Imported Landscapes

Another project was Corrine Silva’s work based on imported landscapes, based on the movement of tectonic plates and the landscape it is on. This is incorporated into the work through the project being based around billboards of landscapes set up inside a scenery where it fits in but at the same time is segregated from the rest through to how it is included.
Susan Hiller – From The Freud Museum 

Here the work is based on a museum visit to Sigmund Freud’s exhibition. A person and work that is based on psychology thoughts and in relation to experiences as a child. Miller incorporates this into her work by photographing the object that everyone recognizes alongside something unfamiliar but holds the same outlook and colour as the Freudian object.

Ireland Based
Tristan Huchinson – It Took Strength To Tackle Those Hills

A topogrphic type project based on how the recession is affecting an area in Ireland. The project shows how a community is sat between a natural surrounding, a manual labor business and caught in between politics. So that it has become an area where it is surrounded by hope and prosperity of a business and beauty. Yet at the same time it is down troden by the polotics removing the jobs through closing the business. In tern removing wealth from the area.
Janette Lowe – The Flats Memories

The artist here rented a flat in Pearce House flats in Dublin. Where she spent the time of the project living on the council estate documenting the life the community lead and showing it in a positive light. As compared to how it is usually seen and is generalized. So to show that there is a good side to a council estate living and it is not all bad. This is then enforced more by exhibiting the project in the same flat as where the project was created.

Susanne Bosch – Ourselves Alone

Like with each country, there are features that are renowned for being from there. For example with Ireland, you have shamrock’s, blarney stone, Guinness etc. This was the basis of Bosch’s work. However, here she manually removed the feature from the images that want from Ireland itself.

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller – Alter Bahnof Video Walk

This piece is a video, that is a trick of the mind and reaction. A place where a physical scene is recorded such as musicians in a train station, passers by. In this the camera is moved about at a set time. Only after the viewer can then go to the place and using the footage as a guide to follow they can go by the scene in real time as a reaction and record the same scene themselves. Due to the knowledge of the area the artist is able to predict what is going to happen as a routine.
Sophie Calle – Paris

Here Calle, formed a project around people she found to be interesting. Until she found a person of whom she found so interesting she began following him in an obsessive way until losing him. He was her main focus her unknowing of him, the mystery created by his look, the light and surroundings that helped form a intense image that created questions about the mans identity.
Taryn Simon – An American Index of Hidden and Unfamiliar

In the age of anything being available, every where you look you see people having what they need and want at hand. Yet not everyone has the features, a minority don’t have access to medicine, entertainment, nature etc. The features are important to the foundations and history of America’s lifestyle. This creates the basis to Simon’s work.

This helped me greatly as I learnt what the idea was of how the work was seen to be created so was able to understand whether my idea would fit in with the brief or not.

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My first thought for this was to think about what are my interests. This I feel is the best way to organize my work as my thoughts about my interests are clear as compared to looking at the maps and then trying to work myself around it. As if I turn to the maps first then that will take more of a wider outlook and not give me really any grounds in which to focus on compared to coming up with interests and seeing how I can link them to the maps. Which could make my work more interesting as it could turn it experimental depending on the theme I choose.

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Brief

An assignment I have been given for my Second Year back at University is a photographic piece based on making

“A piece of work, which integrates your personal interests with an assigned site in Coventry”.

For this I have to choose between the options of 15 maps.