Loves

Shadow of the free man

In Morocco it did feel that there was a struggle against progress in some places, which could be viewed as a fight to keep the country’s history strong, but some of what we saw was very much a selected, edited version of that history.

We met all kinds of people from all walks of life and they all loved their country no matter their political or cultural origins. These photographs to me represent the reality of Morocco and the presence of truth and it’s shadow for current and future generations.

 

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I always naturally take photographs of light in all it’s forms (I suppose we all do) , it was interesting to look within my photographs for the dark tones and unseeable spaces.

Shapes and Surprises

Pt4 The land in Peru held all kinds of surprises, from incredibly delicious passion fruits, to crazy unique landscapes and ingenious methods of agriculture – some ancient, some still running as family businesses… oh and some pretty cool animals!

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This little guy is a baby spectacled bear! Never thought I’d see a wild bear with my own eyes, it really was an awesome moment, and not just because we’d reached the top of a mountain!

Lands of potential

Pt3 One of the things that amazed me so much about Peru was the diversity in the environment.
In a matter of hours we went from snow capped mountains to sweaty jungle.
Along with the change in temperature the people change, and the way they use the land around them.

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When faced with these environments I worry I wouldn’t know where to start, where to let my pigs and Llamas roam!? Where to put up a pylon for my electricity?
The Peruvian people we met on our trip and those who’s lives we hiked past really are so resourceful and hardworking.

Colour is necessity

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Peruvians love their colours and they really know how to use them! Whether it’s for beauty or practicality they’ve got a place for every tone and hue you can think of.
Which is really helpful when you’re a photographer!

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Once you start to think about the way colour is used in day to day life, you can’t stop!
I hope this will make you notice how colourful your day really is.

Interrupting Pachamama

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My friends and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Peru this September and I took several hundred photographs. I did my best to cut these images down and it was tough but i’ve done what I hope is a good edit, and will be sharing in a series of blog posts over the next few weeks.

I really hope you like them, and most importantly I hope they give a sense of the beautiful yet ramshackle, perfectly engineered yet crumbling country that is Peru.

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P.s I hope you like the new template of the blog!

Copenhagen or Merchant’s Harbor

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?

Arriving somewhere beautiful… forgetting your camera.

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!

 

Things to remember in 2013

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

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

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.

New Arrival

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!

© Copyright Kat Williams 2012

© Copyright Kat Williams 2012

© Copyright Kat Williams 2012

© Copyright Kat Williams 2012

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

New Website!

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?

Pecha Kucha

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

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?


									

Mini Golden Dreams

Some of you may remember a while ago I blogged about my new Golden Half camera, well it isn’t new anymore and I finally got around to developing the films!
I am super pleased with the results of my clever little camera.
Take a look! : )

 

Some how I think the cameras style has made any situation atmospheric.
The combining of the prints brings out strengths in each, even the last two photographs one where the light has bled through to join the two negatives somehow, and one which included a large chunk of my finger, somhow manages to bring out the pink the photograph next to it, and these mistakes make for lovely pairings.

I really like them, I hope you do to0!

I remember you sunshine!

Perhaps it is only brief but I think this moment of sunshine needs to be celebrated, especially after the crazy wind and rain we have had over the last few days.
It feels like years ago I posted about the last day of sunshine and today is giving me that sunshine feeling once again!!
Could it be that summer is on it’s way again?

I took a couple of Polaroids to celebrate!

 

'Sunshine condensation'

 

'Sunshine Sky' Brighton 2012'

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Christmas Family Portraits!

Merry Christmas!
I love the website: awkwardfamilyphotos.com and I happen to be writing an essay on the family portrait at the moment, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few very weird and very funny photographs with you!

I have of course chosen the Christmas ones as it is that wonderful time of year!

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Cheeky!!

 

"uuuh thank you.... it's just what I wanted??"

 

Like you do!!

 

So good, wish I could get that star costume!

 

 

So Cute

 

Definitely the most creepy but I think it might be my favourite one!

 
I hope you love them and become super addicted to the website like I am!!
I’m sure these remind you of ones you hold in your own personal collection, though these are perhaps a little more odd!
Merry Christmas! x

Anni Leppälä

Anni Leppälä is a photographer that I think I have only just discovered. I say i think, because I feel like I have seen her images before, perhaps they mean more to me now and that is why I am sharing them with you now and not then. Or possibly, that familiarity is something in the quality of the images.

Leppälä’s work statement drew many parallels with my own work motives, so I am possibly a little biased! However, I think her work is absolutely stunning.

From the series Possibility of Constancy, (Curtains with Birds), 2005

Reading, 2010

From the series Seedlings, (Bird), 2004

Linna / Castle (Ark), 2010

“Photographs are like fixed points in the process of change and alteration, they give a chance of observing and allow the viewer to step closer. One can gather trust and confidence in recognising them but simultaneously photographs have another kind of nature; a side turning towards the invisible and the unidentified. What finally becomes recognised can be something “outside” of the image, something out of sight – something imperceptible. In this momentary experience something is revealed which is not “that-has-been” but rather something that exists and is present now and here. In my pictures, attempts in recognising and lighting of obscure and vague movements, are made visible. I want to approach the momentariness of living through constancy. The paradox is that when you try to conserve or protect a moment by stopping it, by photographing it, you inevitably lose it at the same time. Objects and spaces can occur to be like transparent routes between the inside and the outside, between the seen surface and unconscious content. How to stop a feeling, a memory? By binding it to visible objects, facades of material things, attaching it to a room´s walls, the surface of photographs. Like translucent skin with unforeseen memories beneath.”

– Anni Leppälä

Mirror (Green room), 2010

Door with light, 2010

Curtain in mirror, 2011

Curtain in mirror, 2011

You may have noticed I included a few more photographs than I normally do, this is because Leppälä’s work varies greatly in location and composition but somehow she has enabled her concept to come across in each setting.

I hope you like them as much as I do. x

Super 8, Super Impossible!

The last few weeks have been spent coming up with a new project idea.  This project involved the use of super 8 film and that film being shown with a projector.
My first task was of course, to get hold of a camera. I started looking on Ebay, and soon realised that if I wanted to buy one I would be looking at around £50 for a decent working  piece of equipment!
Next stop, other photographers. I’m sure all photographers will have experienced this, the second you tell someone you are a photographer someone will inform you that they have “an old one lying around” and ask you if you want it.
For a super 8 however, that was not the case.
I was very lucky that two lovely women on my course had both had this super 8 need before me and both taken the leap and bought one!

These are the two beautiful super 8 cameras I have been lent!! (I would use the bag for the top one just as my normal bag!! It’s so nice)


When you buy super 8 film online, it will cost you around £12 a cartridge (generally this place is good value http://www.7dayshop.com/ ).
Buying the film is really easy and if you know how to use the super 8 camera, so is the filming.

Then things started to become pretty impossible!
Although thanks to this amazing website (Which is pretty much a super 8 encyclopedia): http://homepage.mac.com/onsuper8/process.html I was able to find out huge amounts of insider info.

It was on this website that I realised I was not going to get my film made in time. There are just three place I have found in England listed that process super 8, the majority take around 4 weeks to process and the price is up to them, it is after all a very rare service they are offering.

I don’t want to put any one off super 8, it is a beautiful film style, however I will say to anyone in England, (during all this research I discovered that the processing is quite quickly and easily done in Germany) that if you want to shoot super 8, allow your self at least 2 months from start to finish!!

I have sadly had to abort my super 8 dreams for this project as I ran out of money, but mostly I ran out of time. I am determined to create something using it very soon,  I just wont be setting myself a deadline this time!