London Trip | National Portrait Gallery

For the second gallery we went into The National Portrait Gallery, in the past this has hands down always been my favourite gallery. You could choose between seeing the work of William Eggleston or an artist work.. I mean i’m a photographer so i’m bound to pick William really aren’t I (and I love his work)

Just seeing his work got me stuck to the spot, PLUS not only did we get to see his photographs, we got to see some of the previously unseen and vintage black and white prints from around 1960 – 1965. THIS WAS THE BEST TRIP EVER (!!!!)

I would love to go back and see more of this exhibition, when we got there there was crowds of people so I couldn’t really take my time looking at each photo as I would’ve liked to.

 

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London Trip | The Photographers Gallery

On the 18th, our course took a coach trip to London.. HOW EXCITING?? I mean besides having to get up at 7am. This trip would consist on visiting two galleries; the Photographers Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. I have been to London many times and always insist on going to these galleries so I was very excited and they always show amazing work that just gets me so motivated and inspired.

It was such a long journey mostly spent sleeping, but once we got into London none of us could contain our excitement to just get off and get into the gallery. The main show was Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the Verbund Collection. The exhibition featured 150 pieces of work from 48 international women artists from the SAMMLUNG Verbund Collection.

The purpose of these project was for the artists to be able to question feminine identities, gender roles and politics. The works focus on photography, collage, performance, film and video that was created throughout the 1970s.

The artists were: Helena Almeida, Eleanor Antin, Anneke Barger, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Renate Bertlmann, Teresa Burga, Marcella Campagnano, Judy Chicago, Linda Christanell, Lili Dujourie, Mary Beth Edelson, Renate Eisenegger, Valie Export, Esther Ferrer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alexis Hunter, Sanja Ivekovic, Birgit Jurgenssen, Kirsten Justesen, Ketty La Rocca, Katalin Ladik, Brigitte Lang, Suzanne Lacy & Leslie Labowitz, Suzy Lake, Karin Mack, Ana Mendieta, Rita Myers, Lorraine O’Grady, Orlan, Gina Pane, Leticia Parente, Ewa Partum, Friederike Pezold, Margot Pilz, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Suzanne Santoro, Carolee Schneemann, Lydia Schouten, Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman and Nil Yalter.

I hadn’t particularly heard of some of the artists but I had heard of Cindy Sherman, I am quite a fan of her work from researching her throughout my studies in college. I have never really looked into feminism photographs before, I have read a number of blogs about peoples opinions to it but never many photographs so found this very interesting how it will be portrayed.

As you can see by all the artists featured there was so much to get through, it all seemed so eye catching I just couldn’t walk past it all without stopping for like 15-30 minutes properly engrossed by it all. The visit certainly inspired me and it was lovely to see how each was portrayed differently to the next which made it mix so well.

 

 

First Interim Exhibition | 12.10.16

On the 12th October, we got the chance to set up our first exhibition of the year. Each student had to print off one photograph they had taken for their final major project, in A3 and pin it into the wall that our tutors had purchased for our exhibition to give it the ‘professional feel’.

I find exhibitions really exciting and a great experience for our course. I personally love seeing my photo’s having up for everyone to see even if it was just in our university, it’s nice to think that first and second years can walk by and have a look at what is to come for them. I also enjoy looking at my peers work and seeing what they’re working on and how there idea progresses throughout the year.

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So on the 11th October we started hanging our work up on these boards, you will see these kind of boards at actual exhibitions which was really exciting and made our work feel important. Our work was situated in alphabetical order, with our name under them so you could see who’s work was what and you could also some contact information on your name if you wanted to gain some contacts.

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This is my photograph hanging on the board ready for the exhibition the next day. I felt proud of how it looked and I especially liked the look of the boarder, it might’ve been bigger than I had intended but I still felt it fitted well. I chose this certain photograph as I think it showed well what my project idea was about.

At this moment I felt rather proud of myself for having a photo hanging up on this board, I know it was only in University but it was a chance for my photo to be seen by everyone walking past. It was also for first and second years getting a chance to go and see what work we were doing, and for them to have a little taste and what was to come for them as well as maybe some inspiration.

The exhibition was also a good chance to get to speak to all of our course mates who we might not have spoken to before and see everyones work that they have taken over the summer. It’ll be interesting to see what everyones work will look like on the next exhibitions and see how they have progressed throughout the months.

First Presentation Feedback

 

In the lesson we all had to present any work or ideas that we had come up with over summer, I find this very nerve wracking especially as I didn’t know anyone in the class. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I even got helpful feedback by everyone which I was pleased about.

My overall feedback from my session was:

  • Gives a ‘crime scene’ feel – research weegee
  • Look at Richard Wentworth’s work
  • Does the time of day/weather change anything?
  • Look into photographing in flat, dull, eerie atmospheres
  • Would I stage these items in places? – Replace them in studio? Collect the items for exhibition?
  • For post-editing to really fade or high contrast.
  • Consider the location as much as the item. As well as the connection.
  • What camera equipment to use.

I will take notice of all these ideas and put them into practice when I am next shooting some work.

My Idea

So, for my project it is going to be a year long project I first of all wanted to create a series of images that I haven’t thought of focusing on before so it is something different that will hopefully interest me for the whole year. I decided to photograph outside instead of the studio, as feel I have more freedom and more time instead of trying to book studio slots.

My work is about abandoned objects I have found on the streets. I don’t want any old rubbish, but house hold objects that have just landed there somehow. Over the summer, I came up with this idea and started shooting straight away going into a few parks and woods as well as walking around the city centre.

 

First Post

I am a third year student at University of Huddersfield, studying photography. For my work, I have been told to create a blog about my final major project process throughout the year.

I am quite excited to start this blog and to show my thought progress and what I am getting up to when I am not doing shoots. It will be good for myself too to see how my work has progressed throughout this year.