This weekend I helped run my course final show, an exhibition showcasing finals and the best pieces from the other years. The event was tiring, but fun. The general public asked a lot of questions about my final major project with it having a technical focused story behind it. I also had the opportunity to talk to photographers, Andy Weekes and Peter Barton, both of whom were encouraging.
My four finals consist of digital prints forming a short series of images taken with handmade cameras. These handmade photographic tools were used to explore the landscape of the British countryside. Just as an artist may make their own brushes for a unique style, the images are distinctive and unconventional. A blog post about the project is underway, but its taking time with commitments. It should be posted soon now that the course is finished.
After this morning, helping to disassemble the exhibition and saying bye to people on the course, I’m looking forward to pushing my photography and future opportunities.
I have been really busy with my FMP and dissertation however last week on the 6th I visited the Peaks. I took some images for my fmp at Wyoming brook with a camera I built, and then used a Diana 4×4 in the Burbage Valley
With the realisation that it is 2018 in 30 minutes or less, I realised I have not posted in a month here. A slippery slope. I have been busy rewriting proposals and reading for my dissertation rather than taking photos. However, I have learnt more about photography this semester than the two previous years combined.
Somewhere along the line I acquired an original Diana clone named Rover (probably after the car manufacture). This was used as a carry about camera. I have tried the lomography variants of the Diana, and I disliked them, something about them, to me, seems too forced -I like the pinhole feature though. With this “original” however, I was surprised when I saw the 4×4 negatives, they have the right amount of softness and the centre sharpness I like. Other than having the loudest wind-on that has people stop and stare in the street, it produces an interesting look.
Here are a few from the roll (ilford hp5 pushed a stop):
Hopefully 2018 will mean adventures and more photography.
I don’t normally do single image blog posts but, this double exposure I took with the fujipet toy camera is hard to ignore.
“The photographer is always trying to colonize new experiences or find new ways to look at familiar subjects – to fight against boredom. For boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.” Sontag, on photography, page 42
On Saturday I did some fmp preparation by using two toy cameras in the winter sunlight around the peak district. Much underexposure in the shadows, even with pushing the film two stops. Have to look into long exposures with the holga, maybe rig up a shutter release.
Yet another ebay find. It is essentially a fixed lens toy camera (think fuji holga). The electronics are dead but they did nothing more than move a aperture disc inside, a very narrow f stop at that. The shutter is similar to a holga, and disassembly is similar too.
Anyway here is my test roll from around Nottingham today between coffee, beer and ‘States of America’ exhibition at the contemporary.