Art walk at Alskeral Avenue

I booked to go on an art walk round Dubai’s art cluster in Al Quoz called Alskeral Avenue.

I decided I was not going to research what was being exhibited but to go with a fresh pair of eyes, take pictures of what I liked and then come home and research the artist.

Al Quoz is made up of three areas numbered 1,2 and 3 predominately an industrial area Alskeral Avenue is situated on 8th street in area Al Quoz 2. The whole art area is made up of warehouses which have been split up to make galleries and cafes. It reminds me of the mini industrial units you see on industrial estates back in the U.K.  There where a few outdoor art installations in open spaces in between warehouses. Each warehouse was labelled with numbers but still lots of us booked on the walk got lost trying to find the initial start up point. This ‘broke the ice’ between the group as we noticed each other asking the security guard the same question. “where is warehouse 90?”

Everyone walked from gallery to gallery listening to the tour guide. I didn’t catch her name but it was obvious she was French and an expert in Art History.

First stop was Warehouse 45 which is occupied by Jean-Paul Najar Foundation.

The exhibition on show was Christian Bonnefoi: Double Take, November 13,2016-February28,2017. Curated by Sylvie Turpin.

 

This is a non-profit private museum which gathers European and American abstract art from the 1960's through to today.
This is a non-profit private museum which gathers European and American abstract art from the 1960’s through to today.

I looked at all the mixed media pictures. There was mixed paper with tissue and other delicate materials to make a collages. These pictures reminded me of the fashion in the 80’s abstract I know, but I couldn’t shake the sense of MFI furniture with red and yellow handles and I half expected to see a person in a blue shell suit as I wondered round the gallery. It was bizarre how my mind worked when I was staring into the chaotic pencil marks on the paper. I found one image that had a different vibe I took a photo using my phone so I could note the contrast between the majority of the artworks and this one piece. This piece to me was the end of the series of work. Unfortunately it got deleted off my phone so I am going to go back before the exhibition finishes to get another image.

http://www.christian-bonnefoi.com/

http://alserkalavenue.ae/en/event/christian-bonnefoi-double-take.php

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/?p=16080

 

Carbon 12 was the next gallery. The gallery space was all white and deceptively small, the exhibition that was on was

Olaf Breuning : The Good Old Revolution, 13th November 2016-10 January 2017

Olaf Breuning born 1970 in Switzerland is New- York Based and he is a multi-disciplinary Artist. The exhibition consisted of several black and white penned drawings framed and hung on the walls while the twelve mini sculptures were displayed on stands around the gallery.

I picked up the Press Release and deciphered the following

‘observations of the human experience with absurdist drawings serving as the starting point alongside a new series of miniature ceramic sculpture’s’ 

His monochromatic line drawings are delightfully cheeky in layers of context, reference and interpretation with which he engages.

He addresses cultural and political issues and infuses his art with the realness of a world dominated by media, pop-culture and globalization…

Constituting of humorous art without ridiculing art.

Carbon 12 Press Release – Katrina Kufer October 2016

This guy’s work did make me smirk as I was walking round. It reminded me of the doodles you draw when your stuck in a boring meeting. I really wanted to buy number 21. We are so Violent  for my Kitchen. So my kids can see it everyday and ask questions about it. His artwork raises questions and I liked the simplicity of them.

 

Carbon 12
Olaf Breuning The Good Old Revolution

http://www.artfacts.net/en/institution/carbon-12-18779/news/carbon-12-gallery-in-dubai-was-the-first-gallery-in-the-region–7972.html

http://carbon12dubai.com/publications/olaf-breuning/

 

Ayyam Gallery in contrast to Carbon 12 was a very large gallery and in two locations in Askeral Avenue. One part for was used just for large art installations the other for walled displays.

Mouteea Murad : Thresholds 13 November 2016-7 January 2017, curated by Murtaza Vali

Again deciphering that press releases I pieced the following together

Mouteea is a Sharjah based painter

The artists experiments with the use of Mathematics and geometric abstractions, an approach to non-objective art that he developed over the course of a decade.

He has returned to Dubai with large scale works that use the Fibonacci number sequence as a starting point for his large scale compositions.

Murad applies the Fibonacci series to grid- like patterns that partially conceal the interactions of polygons and lines, thus creating an illusion of depth.

The mural Rainbow – rain and light and love (2016), the artist uses uniform bands that seem to decrease in width towards the centre of the composition. The painting is divided into seven distinct planes that are organized according to similar hues and contain intersecting lines. Here colour relativity also plays a central role in creating a vast space.

I asked the lady behind the desk in the gallery what the price was of the mural, 90,000 aeds. It took a month to make. I must say it was quite impressive and I stood and looked at it from afar and then up close. I examined the corners and how fine the divisions were between each colour. I love hearing and seeing blends of science and art. This mural could easily be placed in a boardroom or a large hotel reception area. The effect worked best from afar and if you didn’t know that the artist had used the Fibonacci series as a starting reference you could easily say a child could do that with masking tape, a ruler and paint but you would be wrong.

 

Second location for the Ayyam Gallery

Khaled Jarrar : Castles built from Sand will Fall 13 November 2016- 7 January 2017

Castles built from sand will Fall provides a condensed over view of Jarrar’s focus on this issue with a range of work in different media. Featuring installation, photography, video, sculpture and art objects, the exhibitionoffers a look into the various strands of his creative practice.

We were told before we went in the gallery about the artist Khaled Jarrar. He was born in Jenin in 1976 and lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine.

His art installations and documentary work has won him several awards and accolades (see link) He broaches difficult subjects where he asks the viewer to rethink the intersections of life, politics and visual culture.

I don’t know why but I couldn’t help but hearing Don Mclean lyrics from the song ‘Castles in the air’ which was totally inappropriate for the exhibition content.

Past the through the wall was a video installation, Journey 110 documents a hidden 110 metre passageway beneath the massive wall in the West bank.

I think the artist wanted to show the absurdity of the situation when partitions and segregation are involved. Highlighting the depravity of the situation in Palestine

 

Castles built from sand will fall

http://www.ayyamgallery.com/artists/khaled-jarrar

http://muftah.org/khaled-jarrar-from-palestinian-presidential-guard-to-multidisciplinary-artist/#.WInQfIvat9A

 

Student pop up exhibition from Sheik Zayed University

This exhibition was interesting. The student  Asma Khoory had done portraits of construction workers and taken audio samples as well as the GPS coordinates of the construction sites the workers worked in Dubai. The audio stories were made for the benefit of the workers families back in their respective countries.

I noticed that all the workers where from the same company but different sites. They were also at different levels of management within the company. Now I know, because I have tried that you are not allowed to photograph workers and display the images without permission from their sponsor. I hope Asma Khoory got permission.

Anyway the images reminded me straight away of the Open for Business Exhibition. I seen it in July 2014 at the National Railway Museum, York UK. Particularly the Bruce Gilden images. ( see link )

 

http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/colleges/colleges/__college_of_arts_and_creative_enterprises/_news_items/alserkal.aspx

http://openforbusiness.uk.com/stories/bruce-gilden/

 

Overall Conclusion

The walk was well organized and information was readily available.  It was ok, I wasn’t enthused by the area and some galleries weren’t open. I actually feel you can’t enclose art to just one area in a city. It should be seen everywhere. I will definitely book another art walk as the experience overall was interesting.

 

 

 

Tutor report Assignment 5…

Two Burj Khalifa's
Two Burj Khalifa’s
….I am still waiting for my report as my Tutor had a break like the rest of us. So in the mean time while I’m waiting here are some images I took of Dubai Glow Garden in Zabeel Park.

 

 http://fabianoefner.com/

http://www.huhmagazine.co.uk/4545/photographing-soundwaves

Inspiration for Assignment 5

After much deliberation I decided to use flowers as the subject for my fifth assignment.

After reading the assignment brief I thought about how images can be taken out of context and how certain types of images need time to be absorbed and thought about. Then I remembered the Indian fable about the blind men and an elephant. I decided I wanted to do a series of images that were not obvious but if you looked closely you could decide what it was that you where seeing.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant

 

 

The piece of art work I recently bought for my study gave me inspiration.

study-picture

After taking images of the fireworks on the Palm I thought how different a flower could be. This image makes me think of the flower Chrysanthemum

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I researched what type of flowers are best for creative floral photography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysanthemum

Research links

Internet searches

 

Artists

Nobuyoshi Araki –  is it porn or Art?

Nobuyoshi Araki’s Flower Paradise

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuyoshi_Araki

http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/31219/1/your-ultimate-guide-to-nobuyoshi-araki

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/t/tap/7977573.0001.205/–crossing-boundaries-an-interview-with-nobuyoshi-araki?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Stephen Field

http://www.stephenfield.com

Sean Gallagher

https://www.citizenatelier.com/blog/sean-gallagher-feature/

https://crated.com/seangallagher

Qi Wei Fong- seen these images when I googled creative uses of flowers

http://www.creativejournal.com/posts/584-exploded-flowers-fong-qi-wei

Qi Wei Fong Photography: “Exploded Flowers” or Conceptual Imaging in Practice

 

 

Agniers Katrzoch  – I found some of her images of dead flowers on instagram and started following her. They are very different and I like them.

http://www.agnierskatrzoch.com

 

 

Victor Burgin’s series The office at night

The coursework states

A photograph inspired by another is called ‘Homage’.

The point of homage must be apparent within the photograph. It’s not the same as ‘appropriation’ which re-contextualizes its subject to create something new, often in an ironic or humorous way. Instead, homage should share some deep empathy or kinship with the original work. An example is Victor Burgin’s series The Office at Night ( 1986), based on Edward Hopper’s Famous painting of the same name.

The hackneyed idea of ‘influence’ is not at issue here. I am not interested in the question of what one artist may or may not have taken from another. I am referring to the universally familiar phenomenon of looking at one image and having another image spontaneously come to mind

http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tat-papers/separateness-things-victor-burgin [accessed 16/06/14] 

 

After seeing the painting and looking through the photos I can see why the painting was an inspiration.  Initially you think it is mundane until you look further past the title of the painting. My eyes dart from the dark patches on the carpet to the whiter than white wall then to the typewriter.

The woman looks striking but the man looks bland which gives the painting some anxiety and makes it slightly off balance to me. I love the diagonals all the action is left side with brightness on the right even thought it is obviously night outside the window yet very bright inside.

It raises questions. Why are they there, why is the window open ? What is the paper on the floor for. How did it get there?

You want to know more of the story

 

 

 

 

Xposure International Photography Festival, Sharjah. U.A.E

Xposure International photography Festival is the official photography educational and imaging platform that combines a broad range of photography events including ; Exhibitions, workshops, seminars, presentations, competitions, photo walks and a photography product trade show.

This was the first time I have attended this exhibition and I would definitely go again next year.  Sharjah is one of the Emirates outside of Dubai. It definitely has more culture than Dubai.  His Highness Shiekh Dr.Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi was at the Festival as he advocates museums and art in all areas which is very exciting to me to find an area of the U.A.E which has more opportunities creatively.

Here are the list of seminars I attended.

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David Yarrow was the first speaker of the day, He opened with a slide show of some of his expeditions and the music playing was ‘Walk of Life’ by Dire straits. I thought this was amusing and quite funny as he is a wild life photographer, as I was sat there I thought that I was glad he didn’t play Elton John’s ‘Circle of Life’.

David Yarrow has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planets landscapes and cultures and endangered animals. I have no interest in becoming a wildlife photographer but I was interested in the life experience David Yarrow talked about. He quoted a lot of Ansel Adams because this seminar was titled ‘ The lens looks both ways’. A famous Ansel quote, he came out with more

Photography is not only about the camera….’

‘Photography is about your heart, eyes, brain and your soul…’

‘Photography reflects your journey in life’

He has a deep appreciation of Cinematography and a knowledge of cult films which impressed me. He suggested that photographers get inspiration from everything as well as from other photographers pictures and transgress them.

‘Be different ‘was the piece of advice he gave all of us.

We watched a five minute video of an expedition to see Polar bears in Greenland 2016. The images where amazing and beautifully composed in such harsh conditions. David Yarrow is a photographer that sacrifices comfort for context.

He recommended working hard on research with four days researching coupled with one day shooting.  He goes by the philosophy ‘Less is more’ when it comes to shooting images. He picked three of his images and described the story behind each one of them, the amount of time and effort which was put into each shot. Overall this was a very good start to my visit to the festival since I had gotten lost into the depths of Sharjah trying to find the Expo location this made it worthwhile.

 

 

David Yarrow

The Digital Tour seminar this was held by the World Press photo organization. They went through the finalists for 2016 and showed some distressing images the speaker explained the context and narrative behind each photo. I must say I enjoyed this seminar because I have been reading up on Context since the essay ‘Photography and Context’ by Terry Barrett was quoted in the course work so I understood the terminology and the concepts behind the narratives.

I stayed for the ‘Optimising Colour’ by Niels Knudsen which was a Capture One demo, this was all about photo processing software. The guy was very informative but following the world photo press seminar was a hard act to follow. Niels V. Knudsen is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor. He is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in its digital imaging software. Niels is a digital pioneer whose debut in the digital photography business was more than 20 years ago specialising in image processing and digital camera technology. This presentation was just 30 mins a taster for the more in depth afternoon session, covering practical concepts in Raw workflow for todays Photographer, including ICC Color Management, Corrective Tools & Processing Via Recipes.

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I managed to grab some lunch before turning up to the Street photography panel discussion. I missed the first 5 minutes because they started earlier than the advertised time. I  missed the introduction so I didn’t know who was on the panel.

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I started off taking notes but then I stopped as I was enjoying listening to they stories about how they started, what they liked shooting and where was their favourite place in the world. I recognized the panelists as Stephen Wilkes and the other as Muhammed Muheisen and Im ashamed to say I didn’t get the other guys name until the very end when I realized it was Vineet Vohra.

I really enjoyed this panel discussion mainly because it was authentic. You could hear the respect Stephen Wilkes had for Muhammed Muhesien. Vineet Vohra was very passionate and philosophical about his images and the practice of photography .

Stephen Wilkes is a legend among photographers and I was so excited hearing him tell stories. He explained where the inspiration came from for his ‘Day and night ‘series and he told a story about having lunch with Gary Winnogrand which showed how Winnogrand always had a photographers eye even when eating.

Muhammed Muhesien had an instant calmness about him, he spoke softly and full of confidence which made me instantly like him. I can’t describe how laid back this guy was it was brilliant to see and feel. He admitted to seeing unimaginable things in war zones due to him being a photojournalist, so being on a panel discussion was probably a coffee break. His images of children in war zones are very striking and haunting. If you get a chance to see his work, go and see it.

Ethics were discussed mainly about whether permission should be taken before shooting the street, Muhammed and Stephen said they ‘read the situation’ as to whether to get permission or not but Vineet said he never asks for permission. If he is seen with a camera then people know he will be taking pictures.

The piece of advice that they each dished out for people beginning to learn photography

Muhammed said’ Invest time in your subject ‘ Practice

Stephen said ‘ work , put yourself out there and feel the fear, let the fear drive you ‘

Vineet said ‘ Be yourself, Identify yourself and the emotions that strike you’

The floor was opened for questions, and it really annoyed me that people were asking the same question that had already been asked which meant the panel were repeating themselves. So I didn’t really get anything out of the question session apart from the knowledge that next time I will ask a question to get the information I want.

When the discussion had finished I took time out to walk round the galleries, that is another post.

Vineet Vohra

 

Stephen Wilkes

Muhammed Muheisen

 

 

Creativity research

Creativity

Photographers

Some of these photographers are quoted in the coursework others I have found on my own by researching night time photography. A failure on my part was that I forgot to record in my written log when I accessed the majority of the links below.

Jean Baptiste Hynh

Was born in France in 1966 and is a self taught photographer. His themes and subjects range from portraits, nudes, minerals, plants, spirituals symbols and landscapes.

His images have a minimalistic quality with clarity and beautiful composition. The portraits are haunting because he focuses on the eyes and he uses both artificial and natural light in his images.

I particularly liked ‘Melon Galia’ . The lighting in the image shows form and texture of the melon which could be misjudged to be a picture of the moon on first glance.

http://www.jeanbaptistehynh.com [accessed 12,06,2016]

http://camerawork.de/en/artists/jean-baptiste-huynh [accessed 04,08,2016]

Screen shot of Website
Screen shot of Website

Chris Steele- Perkins

A magnum photographer, he used a strategy of juxtaposition by pairing the remote and the majestic together. He combined Mount Fuji with in ordinary scenes of the ‘everyday’. The mountain was relegated to an incidental position within the frame.

In exercise 4.5 I was influenced by Chris Steele-Perkins and showed a similar theme showing the Burj Khalifa in an incidental position within the frame of everyday scenes.

Chris Steele-Perkins

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/8278879/Chris-Steele-Perkins-QandA.html

http://www.chrissteeleperkins.com/

Ernst Haas

The photographer Ernst Hass(1921-1986) describes his own experience of having a fresh perception of an ordinary subject

“I looked at an apple for such a long time until it became the first apple I had ever seen I was so excited that I called a friend to tell him my experience. But how could I find the right words for what I had experienced? How could I describe my visual sensations with literary words such as red, yellow, green, shining and round after this movement of Nuances and counteractions in form and colour, even in touch and smell? Anyhow I did not find the right words and my friend did not believe me, so I ate the apple as I have eaten many an apple before. It was a fairly good apple.”

http://www.visuramagazine.com/ernst-has

http://www.Ernst-Haas.com

http://www.gettyimagesgallery.com/collections/archive/Ernst-has.aspx

http://www.citiesatdawn.com/2015/05/23/13-things-ernst-haas-taught-me-about-photography/

Researching Ernst Hass’s images made me switch around my assignment because I wanted more colours and excitement in them, I wanted motion. His Las Vegas pictures caught my eye and are an influence. Some of his colour collection images make you question what you are seeing which I like.

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David Bailey

A very well known British photographer who is known for shooting portraits of famous people. Interviewed in The Face magazine in December 1984. David Bailey said much the same but in a simpler way:

In photography everything is so ordinary, it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.”

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Photography

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/david-bailey

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/13/david-baileys-best-photograph-60s-london-east-end

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/david-bailey-interview

Victor Burgin

Had to google Victor Burgin. Victor Burgin disagreed with Haas and Bailey saying that its not even possible to have a pure observation or an ‘innocent look’. We can’t forget the photographs we have already seen

there can never be any question of ‘just looking’: vision is structured in such a way that the look will always already entrain a history of the subject.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Burgin

Image result for victor burgin thinking photography

Bill Brandt

Well known well established photographer, some of his images are iconic. Bill Brandt ( 1904-1983) preferred to rely on ‘camera vision’ rather than his own subjective vision:

Instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing I interfered very little, and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eye had never observed.”

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/b/bill-brandt-biography/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Brandt

http://www.billbrandt.com/

Bill Brandt

John Davies

John Davies imaginatively combined traditional elements with the contemporary industrial landscape of Fuji city

http://www.johndavies.uk.com/fuji%20text.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Davies_(photographer)

http://www.britishphotography.org/artists/16330/statement/john-davies

 

These three photographers I was interested in when I was researching ‘night time photography’ and also the ‘Creative beauty of Artificial light’. The libraries here are inadequate so the internet is my only source of information.

Masqshi Wakui

https://www.google.ae/search?q=masashi+wakui+photography&biw=1536&bih=770&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYxL6-4OPOAhXkB8AKHV0sDwYQsAQIGQ

Vibrant Photographs of Tokyo at Night by Masashi Wakui

Liam Wong

https://www.google.ae/search?q=liam+wong&biw=1536&bih=770&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwif_bSH4ePOAhUEI8AKHVMrAf0QsAQIGQ

http://liamwong.squarespace.com

Jan Bruggeman

http://www.gettyimages.ae/search/photographer?family=creative&photographer=jan%20bruggeman&sort=best&excludenudity=true#license

 

 

 

 

 

Project 3 The beauty of artificial light

Research Method

I have got into a routine when researching Photographers. First I usually check the links provided by the coursework then I do a google search for any further reading. I like interviews and reading newspaper articles about the exhibitions. I check all the photography books I own and read anything that maybe relevant. I tend not to dwell on remembering dates of exhibitions or when artists won awards but on recognizing someone’s work, style and their influences.

I print off interviews which I find interesting and informative and put them into my written log. My written log also contains my thoughts, sketches, ideas and my images as well as images from other photographers.  For me this process ensures that I take in and retain information which may influence me when I am wandering around taking pictures.

Rut Blees

Some of Rut Blees images are original and beautiful. One of her images is of a tower block in London at night( the image was used for ‘The Streets’ album cover) and it has a lot of detail in it, which I am presuming is from the use of a large format camera which requires slowness. She has found the beauty in the building which otherwise would be considered an ‘eyesore’ tower block. It makes you want to look at the windows and look for details of what is going on in them.

In the image ‘In deeper’ 1999 which consists of reflections and footsteps on  a wet pavement, the orange glow of the lights reflected make the image feel warm and not cold and wet at all. Definitely an inspiration and one photographer to keep in mind while I am wandering round the back streets of Dubai.

http://www.rutbleesluxemburg.com/  [accessed 13/07/2015]   couldn’t really figure out this website

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2009/apr/23/rut-blees-luxemburg-best-shot-photography [accessed 12/07/2015]

http://www.photoforager.com/archives/rut-blees-luxemburg [accessed 15/07/2015]

http://www.necronauts.org/interviews_rut.htm [accessed 13/07/2015]

http://chandelierprojects.com/London-Dust-Rut-Blees-Luxemburg-and-Keef-Winter-March-April-2014 [accessed 15/07/2015]

http://www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/rut-blees-luxemburg/ [accessed 16/07/2015]

 

Stella Achimsa

One of her images is in the course work but I can’t find any information on her via Google.

 

Brassai

A photography legend, some of his images in ‘Paris by Night ‘ are moody and remind me of dark street corners in winter dimly lit up by lampposts. Even though the link in the coursework is blocked for me here I managed to look at other websites to gather information and images on Brassai.

http://www.americansuburbx.com/2011/08/interview-brassai-with-tony-ray-jones.html                     Blocked

http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/BRASSAI.html [ accessed 13/07/2015]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassa%C3%AF [accessed 16/07/2015]

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/01/07/the-piercing-eye-of-brassai-a-brief-history-of-a-master-photographer [accessed 16/07/2015]

 

Tony Ray jones

Until I read this photographers name in the coursework I didn’t know this guy existed and I am actually ashamed that I have only now seen his work and have heard of him.  I really enjoy his style of photography and a lot of his images remind me of my childhood in the North East of England. It’s quite sad how talented he was and that he died so young.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2011/may/30/tony-ray-jones-the-english  [accessed 16/07/2015]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/10287039/Tony-Ray-Jones-and-Martin-Parr-Photographing-the-English.html[ accessed 16/07/2015]

http://artblart.com/2013/10/06/exhibition-another-country-vintage-photographs-of-british-life-by-tony-ray-jones-at-james-hyman-london/ [accessed 16/07/2015]

https://filmcamera999.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/tony-ray-jones-documentary-photographer/ [accessed 16/07/2015]

https://www.lensculture.com/articles/tony-ray-jones-tony-ray-jones-1941-1972 [accessed 16/07/2015]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Ray-Jones [accessed 16/07/2015]

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/11/16/dont-take-boring-photos-13-tips-for-street-photographers-from-tony-ray-jones/ [accessed 16/07/2015]

http://www.britishphotography.org/artists/18429/biography/tony-ray-jones [accessed 16/07/2015]

 

 

Sato Shinaro

Another really good Japanese photographer that I like. His images of signs in the streets at night without people are really skillful and colourful. When looking through these images, locations came to mind here in Dubai, these areas would offer similar signage imagery but in Arabic.

http://chngyaohong.com/blog/showcase/sato-shintaro/ [accessed 12/07/2015]

http://kantorberita.mes56.com/twilight-zone-by-sato-shintaro/ [accessed 15/07/2015]

http://bleek-magazine.com/projects/sato-shintaro-tokyo/ [accessed 15/07/2015]

http://sato-shintaro.com/information_e/  [accessed 12/07/2015]  I translated the coursework link page to English but then got stuck on this page.

http://www.fotoflock.com/features/30-feature-interviews/8469-capturing-the-twilight-zone-with-sato-shintaro [accessed 15/07/2015]

http://www.evasion.cc/comments/tokyo-twilight-zone-sato-shintaro/ [accessed 15/07/2015]

https://www.lensculture.com/sshintaro [accessed 15/07/2015]

https://www.google.ae/search?q=interviews+with+sato+shintaro&sa=N&biw=1920&bih=985&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0CC8QsARqFQoTCLbi7reW2sYCFQu-FAodXTMBJQ [accessed 12/07/2015]

 

Marina Towers
Dubai marina towers

 

Project 2 ‘layered, complex and mysterious…’

Researching photographers that use light from certain times of the day in their images

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Researching Sally Mann and Michael Schimdt I was blocked again ,The Amercan Suburb x has been blocked for some reason. I have sent the relevant authorities an email via their site, will it do any good, doubt it.

Sally Mann

I resorted to watching Youtube video interviews with Sally Mann and various journalists. Some of Sally Mann’s Southern landscape images are very haunting which reminds me of pictorialism images probably because they have been produced by a 8x 10 large format bellows camera. Sally Mann was named ‘America’s Best Photographer’ by Time magazine in 2001. Sally Mann photographs what she loves and she does it well.

http://www.sallymann.com/selected-works/southern-landscapes

http://blondephotography1.blogspot.ae/2012/12/sally-manns-southern-landscapes.html

 

Michael Schmidt

http://www.prixpiclet.com/portfolios/consumption-shortlist/michael-schmidt/

I looked at these and actually thought ‘what?’ . The artist refused to quote his own work,  Dr Markus Hienzelmann, Museum Morsbrioch Leverkusen said this about his work

‘Micheal Schmidt’s ability to translate apparently contradictory elements of his photography into a valid form puts him in an outstanding position among contemporary photographers. though he adopts an unusual position with his constantly different approach to photographic and social questions, his innovative project- led working methods and his extreme commitment have made him a model for generation of young photographers’.

From viewing the images as a series I don’t think Michael Schmidt’s images represent or are related to consumption in any way shape or form. Obviously this is just my opinion but the series of images seemed disjointed from an apple to what appears to be an image of fish on a TV screen.

Feeling a bit disgruntled about the photography of Michael Schmidt I did some more research on his images. To see if I can change my mind about the non descript dullness of his portfolio images which are award winning.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/21/prix-pictet-photography-prize-consumption-slavoj-zizek

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/21/michael-schmidt-wins-prix-pictet-photography-award

https://www.google.ae/search?q=michael+schmidt&biw=1920&bih=985&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=XmeiVcPHC4r0UuT7gdAF&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQsAQ#tbm=isch&q=michael+schmidt+lebensmittel&im

Now to be fair to me and my initial opinion, the images that are shown together as a series on the link given in the coursework do not convey the full set of ‘Lebensmittel’ ( see the Guardian links above for the full set of images ). Seeing the full portfolio and the way its arranged together is quite impressive. He repeats shapes, curves, angles and squares in his grid of images, some with colour and some without. His subject of global industrialization of food production becomes more apparent and the scale of his investigation was huge.

Has my opinion changed ?  Yes for the collective works but I would of liked more controversial images to represent the subject I think that is why I am struggling. I see the art but not the point.

I looked at the other shortlisted candidates and I preferred images by Hong Hao. His images had colour and the theme was more clear and simple yet showed skillfully just how much consumption is in our daily life.

http://www.prixpictet.com/portfolios/consumption-shortlist/hong-hao/

These photographers who were also shortlisted were impressive with the use of social documentary images.

http://www.prixpictet.com/portfolios/consumption-shortlist/mishka-henner/statement/

http://www.prixpictet.com/portfolios/consumption-shortlist/allan-sekula/

These are all just my opinions which are free and not for sale

 Eugene Atget

The link given in the coursework didn’t work for me so I found this one. Its the NGA’s Biography for Atget.

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/artist-info.13548.html?artobj_artistId=13548&pageNumber=1

I also read up on Eugene Atget again  ( Atget was discussed in exercise 1.3. Line, Project 2 Visual Skills, Part 1)

Eugene Atget p30-37 How to read a photograph Lessons from master photographers by Ian Jeffrey. Abrams.

Looking through many of Atget works you can see which shots he took during mid day and which were late afternoon. This is one of my favorites.

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-page.124972.html

I love the composition, use of the shadows and the patterns of light. Out of the three photographers mentioned in this part of the course I prefer Atget’s work for the sheer range and scope of it.

More Books

I’m gathering a collection of photography books

The photographer reader. Edited by Liz Wells. Routledge

This book is a comprehensive collection of twentieth- century writings on photography from its production, its uses and its effects. I bought this book because I flicked through it and I started reading ‘In our Glory: Photography and Black life’ by Bell Hooks, Part eight , Image and Identity. I found myself engrossed in her story about her feelings towards a photograph of her father. I would recommend buying this book if you enjoy reading other peoples stories, opinions and thoughts on photography. There are nine parts to this book and so far I have managed to read three of them, its ongoing.

 

Extraordinary Everyday Photography by Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring. Amphoto Books.

I read this book from cover to cover in one day it was easy to read and had some very good tips. I have revisited the chapters on ‘Exploring the light around you’ ( Chapter 8 )  and Diptychs and Triptychs ( chapter 4 ‘Expanding the creative process’) for Part 4 of this course.

 

Street photography now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren. Thames and Hudson

I got this book in preparation for assignment 3, there are some really good images and flashes of genius from the photographers cited in this book. My favorite chapter is ‘Some Truths cannot be told except as Fiction’, and the images from Matt Stuart and Nick Turpin are particularly good and seem to define what street photography is for the masses.

 

 

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Magnum Stories. Phaidon Books

This was the most expensive book I bought, it has a wide selection of interviews given by Magnum photographers. The majority of the photographers document their history and give some details about their most iconic images.  My tutor recommended that I research ‘magnum photographers’ so I purchased this book as a start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some ‘Light’ reading material

To say ‘Light’ is very important in Photography is an understatement.

For Part 4 of this course the sections in the following books have been useful.

Books

Digital Photography handbook

Michael Freeman’s Digital Photography Handbook by Michael Freeman. PIXIQ , revised and updated.

p50-62; p150-156; p196-198; p204-206

Really love this book, its very useful to refer to for printing and workflow problems.

Some light reading, ha ha

Light Science & Magic – An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua. Focal Press. Third Edition.

Started reading this book a while ago, it reminds me of an ‘A’Level physics book. It is a book to refer to when you want to go to sleep at night. Its useful but hard going.

Photographer's eye

The Photographer’s eye, Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman, ILEX

p56, p109, p110-113.

I bought this book before I begun this course as it is on the OCA,  ‘Art of photography’ course book list . The layout of this book is good and the images illustrate examples well.

Photo School Fundamentals

Michael Freeman’s Photo School Fundamentals by Wignall, Quinn, Bowker, Luck. Edited by Michael Freeman.  ILEX

p52-62; p100-102; p304-322

Another good book from Michael Freeman with a whole chapter on ‘Light’ which I found useful.

Photoshop CS5 book

the Adobe photoshop CS5 book for digital photographers by Scott Kelby. New Riders.

In my opinion when it comes to Photoshop tutorials, Youtube is a better learning tool than reading a book but I have this book and its OK. Scott Kelby goes off on tangents in an attempt to make learning fun, which works well in his other books I have read but its irritating in this one.

 

ONline tutorials and research.

http://www.lightstalking.com.

Found this from a google search

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com.

A favorite of mine which I use for the science behind photography

 

Some articles I found which look at the art of light painting

http://flavorwire.com/398739/beyond-james-turrell-10-more-great-artists-who-use-light-as-a-medium

http://www.jimonlight.com/2011/07/06/arduino-light-painting/

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-artists-who-work-with-neon

http://petapixel.com/2013/08/27/10-amazing-light-painting-photographers/