I always take as many camera’s away with me as I can fit in my bags. (Unless of course I forget altogether see my last post for the results of that!)
This post will compare digital images with polaroids taken whilst in Copenhagen in March.
The digital camera I took with me is the Lumix DMC-LX100. I enjoyed the ease of my little compact digital camera light weight and quick, it’s got a great lens for such a tiny camera.

I used it as a point and shoot, the display screen off, I think I do this to make myself feel more like i’m still using a film camera.
There is something precious about relying on your eye in the moment, and not knowing exactly what you’ve got as your final product.

Photography is all about the edit, but it’s nice to spend your time and patience thinking about the photograph your trying to take in that moment, rather than taking 40 of the same shot just because you can.

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I also took along my polaroid camera which is my pride and joy, far more bulky and awkward to carry but so worth it. Made all the more beautiful some white framed circle aperture film from Impossible project. Just dreamy! There’s very little control with a polaroid, the model I use does have light and distance settings though i’m not 100% they actually work! It is the simplicity of a polaroid that is what I find so magical and I think is the reason it can produce some really unique images.

 

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I think my preference is clear i’m polaroid all the way… for it’s charm and simplicity.

Which camera would you take?

As you might have guessed from the title, I went to a very beautiful little seaside village in Wales but forgot my cameras, that horrible realisation that I’d left my specially selected cameras on the side at home was something I didn’t stop going on about.

However I had to make do with my truly terrible old camera phone, whilst in my head trying to treat it like a lovely old manual camera (with absolutely no settings) and see the challenge in it.

Here are the results.

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As tempting as it was none of these are edited in photoshop to show the true results of what I was working with.
I’d not do this again on purpose but I am pleased with the final results and I will definitely have to go back with a good camera!

 

Wavey Things

01/10/2016

An awesome friend of mine is exhibiting her clay hip hop stars along with some super cool skate decks and customised clothing.

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I went along to the private view and was blown away by the variety of skills on display. You can go and visit today and tomorrow if you’re in Dalston, London it’s showing at Doomed Gallery on Ridley Road, Saturday 1st October 12-8 pm, Sunday 2nd October 12-8 pm.

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Bans is an extremely talented illustrator who’s work is for sale at insanely good prices. This is actually affordable art, it won’t be for long.

If you like what you see take a look here:
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I recently suggested an idea for a short photography project to a close friend of mine who is also a photographer.
Our challenge was to take a photograph at a similar time of day of a similar occurrence/life event. I wanted this to show the vast differences in our lives, (She was in Israel at the time and I am London based) and at the same time also pointing out how our life routines meant that we fall into the same patterns even if they look quite different!

 

These photo composites are the result.
Photography by myself Kat Williams and Daisy Matthewman

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I hope you found them as interesting to look at as we did to make.

EUppreciation

08/07/2016

I was visiting a friend in Paris when the verdict of the EU referendum was announced (Don’t worry I did my postal vote weeks before).

Feeling completely mortified by what had happened we walked the beautiful streets of Paris. A sense of loss or mourning struck me as we walked around, looking at streets that perhaps my own children will not be so free to step on.

With this sadness came appreciation, even if it is now only for the next two years, appreciation for what we have, the freedom to visit such beautiful cities and cultures with such ease.

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I can’t know that those that voted leave will or won’t regret the choice they made, but I can know that I will try my best to stay optimistic and hopeful, that us 48% remainers won’t forget our reasons for voting, and will strive to keep those values alive and at the forefront of our politics.

 

 

It’s about time.

01/12/2014

Seeing as it has been a while since my last post I thought it would be apt to show you all a series of photographs I created recently with time as the theme.

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What would represent time to you?

Interesting

24/09/2013

I think that you lovely people that follow my blog will find this website really fun and interesting.

A very sweet idea and a beautiful website. Everyone loves a bit of self discovery.

http://whatplanetareyouon.com

Enjoy.

x

London Polaroids

04/07/2013

It has been strange getting used to the huge craziness that is London but taking photographs has been my way of making it small again.

Here is a selection of Polaroid’s that have helped me make London a more manageable place to be!

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Hope you like them. I’m sure there will be many more . The bigger London gets, the more I want to make it into tiny pocket sized photographs.

I have been very slow at writing blog posts so far this year, for this I blame the unenviable task of looking for a job! I graduated officially in February of this year but have been searching for a job since October! I just can’t believe it!!
Now i’m not saying I am super amazing and I should have been snapped up straight away. What I am saying is that I have worked really hard to get the qualifications I have, and right now I am not using any of them. I know many of us are frustrated with this and this blog post isn’t really an answer but just a little note to say, I know what you mean! So here we go…

THINGS I FIND MYSELF SAYING AS I ENDLESSLY SEARCH FOR A JOB

No I can not work full time unpaid for six months, I have rent and food to pay for.

No I do not have 3-4 years experience in a similar job role. I have been finishing my qualifications which you also require!

Why is the salary dependant on experience only, what about the knowledge and skills I have been painstakingly learning for the last 4 years!

Why when the only filter I put on a job search is my location am I told ‘We don’t have anything that meets your criteria”

Why didn’t I just do web design!?!

No I will not take this unpaid photography job so I can ‘add it to my portfolio’.

If I don’t have experience I can’t get a job if I don’t have a job I can’t get experience…. hmmmm.

Now I really don’t like to be negative, but when you’re looking for a job these things can really get to you. Rather than this being a cross moany post, its more just so other people in this situation know they are not alone!

Have You Seen….

01/02/2013

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Viviane Dalles

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I hope you have seen something you like? I did.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

A Snowy Sea

20/01/2013

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The grey sea and sky merged together to create one beautiful spectrum of shaded greys.

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Snow settled on the pebble beach, halted by the sea. The white beach was an unusual sight.

When you are at an in between stage in your life, waiting to get a job, trying to work out what career you want, hoping to move somewhere new, it is easy to forget who you are, and what makes you YOU. For some reason it is easy to get on with day to day tasks without doing the things we love.

 

My resolution for this year is not to forget the things I love, even when general boring life stuff takes over.

For me these things are.

  1. Family

  2. Friends

  3. Photography

  4. Music

  5. Learning new things.

 

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What would your top five things be?

Instantly awesome

14/11/2012

I was given this amazing camera as a gift this October and have been having so much fun with it, much to the annoyance of those around me who have become my subject matter!

It is an Piano Black Instax mini 5OS, where my other polaroid cameras have a retro charm in the bulky chunkiness this one is definitely their elegant cousin!
It uses Fuji Instax mini film so it has been lovely to be making tiny work again.
If you take a look at my old work you will see I have used it before but in a very different way!

The camera is not only a beautiful piece equipment, but is so easy to use and does what you tell it to.
The film, though expensive in the fancy pants lomography shops, is actually not that bad when you buy in bulk from ebay. It works out about 44p a print.
Some people do struggle with the viewfinder as it doesn’t directly show you what you get, this is easy to get used to and a truly wonderful bit of machinery to make art with.

The thing I love most is that it doesn’t allow for excuses, it is so simple and easy to  use that there is no reasons in the world that can stop you photographing!

Hannah Prebble

04/10/2012

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a wonderful artist named Hannah J Prebble, a graduate of Brighton University, she has a BA (hons) Degree in Fine Art Painting. Her work had caught my attention in the past, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, all I knew was that it left an impression and I kept thinking about it.

I asked Hannah Prebble if I could interview her for this blog, partly to inform others about her work and partly for me, I needed to know more. Her work has changed since i’ve been following her, from very complex macabre images, her work now appears to be more simple and direct statements.

Prebble started painting having done graphics and illustration at college. Though unsure it was the right decision when she started, her work soon became a fusion of all her talents and the importance changed from the medium to the motive.

First and most obvious question, what inspired you to make work?

I think I have always been and definitely started out quite a feminist, I used to do work about lads mags and sort of create a campaign against them, it became more about sex and the objectification of women.

Is that still your main influence?

Is is a massive part of it and my degree was all about that, my degree work became very sexual and by the end it was a bit grim.

It’s about how everything is over sexualized, women have become even more objectified, popstars like Rihanna make everything over sexualised, they make reference to drugs and with facebook and twitter, it just means everyone has to grow up so young these days. You feel shit all the time because everyone is so unreal and beautiful.

How do you feel about these women?

It’s hard to say, it’s difficult because it’s a good thing we are so liberated, and I think we each have a right to be our own way but, it puts a lot of pressure on normal girls to be and act a certain way, to become a product.

Does your work clearly show this message, does that matter?

It does matter and it did show it, but not at the minute, since uni, I have just done my art for fun, it’s been a lot less charged, and less strong political statements. My work at the moment makes fun of silly things in society, things I hate to love. Although it’s all tongue in cheek it’s fuelled by the same motives and worries.

Which artists inspire you?

Tracey Emin, I went to her recent exhibition, her work is inspired by love, sex and romance which are all things that fuel my work as well.

Jean Michel Basquiat ‘A love story’, was my inspiration for painting, it’s a modern day fairy tale written by someone he knew at the time, it’s about his relationship with his girlfriend. It’s really fucked up and destructive but at the same time it’s very beautiful, which again I like to talk about with my work. Fundamentally everyone has stuff inside them that’s complex that they have to deal with on a daily basis.

What is the drive that makes you choose to paint and make art?

Wanting to say something to people or have some affect on them, even when people think it’s disgusting I still love that I get a reaction. They might find it funny and I’m pleased with that. They might look into it a bit more and see it’s something else and there is more meaning behind the laughter.

The works content is often of cute little animals and then also really explicit, do you want people to be shocked?

I do like people to think, oh that’s cute and then they’re like whoh crap! It’s just like the popular culture stuff we are saying about, pop videos and stuff, people get lured in and then you look and realise it’s all a load of shit.  That’s why I like making collage using lots of magazine bits we recognize, to make a little statement.

The little creatures and animals on their own are cute and charming, would you use them individually?

I think they could be used that way but it’s not what they’re about, it’s not my work, it wouldn’t say anything, it would be invalid.

Do you enjoy exhibiting?

I really enjoy it, I have gone off it since finishing uni, it’s all a bit pretentious. My work has become more about being accessible, more about being someone you stumble on online, like on twitter and tumblr. I do like the gallery space a lot.

Have you got any exhibitions coming up?

Yes, I’m taking part in a pop up exhibition in Brighton, called Creative Chaos. It’s at Neighbourhood 101 St James Street, BN2 1TP Brighton on Friday 5th October.

Hannah Prebble talks about her work in an interesting way, it feels no different from how we would say, ‘i’m going to bed now’. For Hannah Prebble her art is her life and her life is art.

One of Hannah Prebble’s paintings in the studio.

If you’re not able to go to the exhibition to see the work take a look on Hannah’s tumblr.

Déjà vu

10/09/2012

After an incredible amount of planning and hard labour my MA final exhibition is finally here!
I collected my final prints from Spectrum on Friday and they were hanging on the walls (thanks to the fantastic technicians from Brighton uni!) by 11am.
It was with incredible relief that I stood back and looked at my work.
Then began the nerves, wondering what everyone else will think!

Our Private view is THIS Friday the 14th of September!
The exhibition runs till the following Friday the 21st of September

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Take a look on our website to read about all the photographers (including me) that are taking part, we have all worked so hard for this and I am so grateful to all the other photographers on my course.

We have had huge support for our exhibition and are so grateful to everyone for their help throughout.

Check out some of the people who have taken the time to share our work with others.

It would be wonderful to see you there!

New Arrival

03/07/2012

Now I haven’t written a blog post in a while and something rather wonderful has happened in-between then and now.
My remarkable sister gave birth to my new nephew, and our family is now one person and one generation bigger!
He is a wonderful tiny parcel of love and is probably the most incredible thing I have ever seen! (I am sliiiiiiiightly biased!)
Another new addition to my photographic life is a rather clever 100mm macro lense for the cannon 5D. I am borrowing it from my university to start on a new section of my uni project.
I just HAD to take a few classic baby photographs of my wonderful nephew!

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I can’t wait to watch this little man grown up and hopefully catch it all on camera! x

New Website!

09/05/2012

I have very recently made a website! www.kat-williams.co.uk
My design skills are pretty limited so it’s not super technical but I am pleased with it as a good space for showing my finished work!

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You will also spot in the ‘Events’ section that the MiniClick Pecha Kucha style talks are this evening!
Come along if you’re free and wish me luck! I’m incredibly nervous!

Take a look at the website and let me know what you think.
What are your favourite websites?

SO! My uni course mates and I have our night of artists talks coming up in one week!
I’ve recently started on a new body of work, some of which I will be showing next week and i’d love to get your views on it and any questions you have so I can know what to speak about in my talk to make it interesting!
Also, this will be a definite spoiler for those coming to view my 6 minutes of the talk next week!

With this work I am creating rooms of light, small glimpses of a poetic moment. For me this light represents the fragility of life.
Each space as you may or may not have guessed is a room within a dolls house. Susan Stewart in her book ‘On Longing’ said this of the dollhouse

‘Occupying a space within an en-closed space, the dollhouse’s aptest analogy is the locket of the secret recesses of the heart: center within centre, within within within, The dollhouse is a materialized secret.’ pg 61

In each small pocket I am capturing this moment, forcing the viewer  perhaps unknowingly, to see this space as a room and unknowingly use their imaginations to make it a real space to belong within. The viewer is able to put themselves within the image and feel at home in the intimate miniature spaces, able to reflect or day dream.

Gaston Bachelard in, ‘The poetics of space’ wrote on the house as,

‘More than an embodiment of home, it is also an embodiment of dreams. Each one of its nooks and corners was a resting-place for daydreaming’ pg 15

So that is a small summery of my work at the moment and my ideas!
Your thoughts and comments will be very welcome! Thank you in advance!  x

Pecha Kucha

04/04/2012

On my MA we have have been offered the opportunity to take part in a Pecha Kucha presentation evening that will be taking place in Brighton on Wednesday 9th May at The Old Market in Brighton.

For those of you who aren’t sure what I am talking about when I say Pecha Kucha, I will explain. It was something terrifyingly introduced to me when I started my MA as a way of us all introducing ourselves on our first day!

The format of Pecha Kucha goes like this- It is a 20×20 format, you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images you choose for your presentation automatically move on after 20 seconds and you speak (fluidly and interestingly of course) along with each image.

Here is one I found on their website which is a clever and funny canadian artist-
This presentation was presented by Diana Thorneycroft at Winnipeg #7.

So all of us on the MA that are graduating this year are taking part, 15 in total, all giving a presentation on our work and inspirations and anything that has helped us along the way.

I am going to be speaking about my current work, which is exciting but extremely nerve wracking as I haven’t shown many people it at all, (not even on here!) so it will be pretty scary.

I am going to post some of my new work on here before the 9th of May event. So if once you see it, it poses any questions to you that you think would be interesting to answer in my presentation, they would be fantastic to hear!

The event has been organised by an extremely nice man called Jim Stephenson.
He runs photography focused talks and events in Brighton called miniclick, take a look!

http://blog.clickclickjim.com/category/miniclick/
This is link is to the page that is all about our night so it tells you a little about each of us and anything I have forgotten to say will most likely be covered there, you can look back at past events as well as future.

If you happen to be in Brighton on that date, please do come along if you like the sound of it.
You can get a ticket here from TheOldMarket website.

I think it’s going to be really interesting and inspiring to watch everyone talk.
What would you do spend your 6 minutes and 40 seconds talking about?

Impossible

24/02/2012

I was really lucky to get to go on a Photography trip to Barcelona recently with seven of my course mates. We had a fantastic time and got to see some incredible sights. I got to see a Christian Boltanski piece and  a Rineke Dijkstra from her ‘Young mothers’ series, both of which was very inspiring.On our first day when we were on our way out of our apartment, I Spotted this logo on one of the buildings opposite.

We all thought what a strange coincidence it was to have gone on a photography trip and to have accidentally ended up staying over the road from a pretty unique polaroid shop.

For those of you who don’t know abou the Impossible project here is a little summary of what they do.

‘In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and unique instant films.’

Now with an entire shop to choose from I just didn’t know what to do with myself but after much deliberating I decided to buy myself some on the newer unique polaroid that they were selling. Though very tempted by the Gold framed stuff, I got myself this little box.


This is black and white, silvershade, Polaroid film, with a black frame!!
I haven’t used it yet, it’s still exactly like this in the box waiting to be opened!!
Here is an example of it given on the Impossible website.


I can’t wait to use mine, and when I do I will put it up on here as soon as possible! (No pun intended!) What would you use this film to take a photograph of?