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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Lights

 

 

Botanical

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

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

Andrew Osokin

Andrew Osokin

 

KYOKOHAMADA

Kyoko Hamada

 

Viviane Dalles

Viviane Dalles

 

Roksana Mical

Roksana Mical

 

 

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

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

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!

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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© 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

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?

Anni Leppälä

01/12/2011

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

I have been so excited to start new work on this course and have forced myself to try new things.
I have started to used a new camera and with that,  new film.  This stepping out of my comfort zone has so far been very worth the discomfort!

Here are a few of the new images from my latest body of work.
I think these are on there way to being what I want them to be. I’m really pleased with them, though there isn’t yet a deep theoretical context, nothing beyond the ideas around the fleeting moment, the fragile, and taking the photograph as an act of preserving that which is fleeting and fragile within the frame.

'sunflowers'

 

 

'just there'

 

 

'reads chandelier'

 

 

'kiss'

 

 

'hiding light'

 

 

'secret'

Maybe try stepping out of your comfort zone, even for a day, it’s quite liberating, especially when you get pleasing results!

MAP6

23/10/2011

I started my MA in September, I chose to do the course full time, but there is a part time option and we are working alongside those who started part time last year and are now in their second year of the course and will be graduating when we do.
In order to get to know everyone we have all talked about and showed our work to eachother.

A selection of 6 students from last year all found a common ground in their work, which was the relationship between people and place. Their work complemented each others so well infact that they are currently exhibiting in East London as part of Photomonth. That exhibition is called…


For those of you able to get to London I recommend you go and take a look at this exhibition and whilst your in the East End, have a look and all the other photography exhibitions going on. You might as well make a day of it!

Here is a small selection of their photography.

Mitch Karunaratne 'After London'

Mitch: “This series focuses on the plotland development of Canvey Island. Canvey is sturdy, self-built and sinking; approximately 12 inches a century. It’s history of non-conformity, it’s geographical isolation and it’s precarious future, all contribute to its continued isolation and uniqueness. Individual liberty, community and diverse ways of living that have weathered the test of time ensure Canvey continues to teach us about the future of our towns. Throughout the island there is a sense of past lives and ways of doing things that haunt, giving rise to layered meaning and visual pleasures.”

Paul Walsh 'Between Man and Sea'

Paul: “With this series of photographs I attempt to capture quiet moments that illustrate the melancholic and introspective nature of this particular coastal area. I also strive to document my personal journey along the coast as a way of helping me to express and come to terms with my own feelings of aloneness and separation.”

Laurie Griffiths 'The Cryosphere'

Laurie: “These pictures exhibited at the MAP6 Coordinate exhibition, are new pieces shot in 2011 and feature in the forthcoming release of Griffiths’ first book from The Cryospherec– The Last Run. In this body of work, Griffiths explores how man has occupied these vast, frozen spaces in pursuit of leisure and personal challenge. From the frozen lakes of northern Scandinavia to the ski destination of the French Alps, Griffiths has pictured landscapes that are defined by the conspicuous presence of man. Pictures that convey the fragile relationship and ultimate struggle between those who honour the Natural grandeur of these expanses and their relationship as a race, with their demise.”

David Sterry '21st Century Towns Project'

David: “My current project is situated along the River Thames, running from the City in the west to Thamesmead in the east; one a symbol of 21st century global commerce and the other a 1960’s concrete vision of a 21st century new town living. The river, in fact and as a metaphor, offers numerous possibilities to develop a narrative around memory, life and death and times’ passage. I have chosen to use the river as an axis, both in the literal sense and as a measure of change. I present here a small part of a body of work, still a work in progress, that tracks through a number of intersections along its course to gauge the impact of cultural, social and environmental change on the imprint of the 21st century towns that inhabit its banks.”

Chloe Lelliott 'Same As It Never Was'

Chloe: “Same As It Never Was shows a landscape of memories mapped through a fictitious world. Fragments of a story spill out in a disjointed rhythm; with no clear path of cause and effect we are left with uncertainty and asked to experience them intuitively. We see glimpses of a narrative and images act as co-ordinates to a boundless whole, left open to possibilities.”

Heather Shuker 'The art of smoking'.

Heather: ‘The Art of Smoking Public smoking – once a common socially accepted activity – is becoming increasingly marginalised and pushed underground, and, with further legislation inevitable, the activity will soon be relegated to history.In this first series on pavement smoking, the photographs document the often covert act of public smoking, seeking to highlight the gestures around the communal and private moments of this activity.”

Private view Thursday 27th October.
Exhibition open Tuesday 25th October to Monday 31st October.
I hope you all find the work as interesting as I do!

Susan Lipper

05/09/2011

I recently found these photographs by Susan Lipper.

On her website she explains that she  had kept these images individually for many years not sure if there was a place for them. One day she was contacted anonymously by someone who had paired them up and this, from what I can see, has given the work a very strong place indeed. The images have become something fluid and constant in their collaboration and look like they were meant to be together.

These are my three favorite images. Do you like them?

A Derelict Delight

24/08/2011

As a photographer I am always looking for amazing things to take photographs of, I don’t always know I’m looking and that is often when I find the best things.
This is my latest find and I thought there was a lot of beauty in the door’s distress. Do you? I found it in Dartmoor, which is a fantastic green expanse in Devon, there are lots of little villages scattered around it and this is what I found on a wander.


I am very conscious that this could be a case of beauty in the eye of the beholder,  but that’s ok!

Paradalia!

29/06/2011

The final act of my degree will be to take part in my end of year exhibition, it’s less than a month away now.
It’s going to be amazing!

You should come.

Clare Gallagher

26/06/2011

The work of Clare Gallagher ‘Domestic Drift’ adds a delicate dreamlike quality to very ordinary everyday happenings.
The perspective of the work is often low, making you feel that you are looking through unaffected, honest eyes, but you are made to feel very comfortable in these eyes.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Masao Yamamoto

21/03/2011

Photographer Masao Yamamoto has always been an inspirational photographer in my life. For me his work can be the embodiment of what it is to be in love. He is able to portray unnerving fragility. His photographs are immensely delicate and it seems  he is able to make anything look beautiful.

Some Yamamoto Photographs at an exhibition

I have read that Yamamoto carries his photographs around with him for weeks allowing them to become aged and so appear loved. This is something i am always trying to do in my work as i think for a photograph to show love it needs to look loved.