Skype Tutorial for Assignment 4

Reflecting on my A4 Skype Tutorial

It’s been quite some time since my last tutorial so it was nice to touch base with my tutor again. Studying at a distance like this has it’s advantages and disadvantages – there’s the flexibility when things go wrong, but it can sometimes make you feel a bit like you’re  totally on your own with all this work and weird ideas.

We spoke about my overall experience of EYV so far, then moved on to talking about A4. 

My tutor said he had mixed feelings about this assignment. He said that he thought the research was great, that he was really pleased that I have so many ideas, but that overall it lacked conceptual clarity. So during our conversation it became clear to me that I hadn’t clearly communicated to him or to myself what I was trying to achieve. I hadn’t clarified it well enough to myself to be able to communicate it to anyone else.

Although I’ll remedy this, I’m not too worried about it. I gave in the assignment when I did because I’m happy with the general idea but was at a point where I needed feedback. As we’ve been told to approach the unit as an ongoing body of work, I know I can revisit and revise my initial work and so I had to have a point to end so I didn’t go on working on more ideas for this assignment ad infinitum. But just having had this conversation has helped me to clarify what the point of this work is and how I might take it forward. 

My tutor said the images were reminiscent of vernacular stock photography that you see on social media with inspirational quotes. That’s what I wanted because my intention was to mock the Christian version of those, to add biblical quotes that clash with that kind of image. I wanted the feel of them there though, not an outright phrase but reflections or shadows of the text to illustrate the effect these ideas have on women’s lives. But that obviously hasn’t worked. When it comes to text I’m finding it difficult to strike the balance between too subtle (this assignment) and too obvious (assignment 3).

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An image from A4 illustrating the biblical text: ‘She must remain silent’

He mentioned that I could do something gently subversive with it, which is what I was trying to do, but it’s clearly not strong enough as it’s not being picked up. I did wonder if that would be the case as when I looked at the images a while ago I thought that someone who didn’t know the intended message could actually look at them and use them in a way that reinforces the messages that they are supposed to be condemning. 

He talked about flowers as semiotic things – about connotations. To me, flowers are representative of the feminine and of idealised feminine traits. The bible verses I am taking issue with here are all about females and that’s why I stuck to flowers in the assignment, even though I’d taken images with apples that are usually associated in this context with temptation and Eve, and had used watermelon to represent female genitalia. So perhaps those are images I should have included as they might have made a stronger point?

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I didn’t use this in the original submission for A4. The text I was trying to illustrate here was ‘She must make atonement before The Lord for her unclean discharge.’
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Another that I didn’t use for A4 but was part of my working out what would and wouldn’t work. To me, it’s not successful, but maybe the sinning female / apple association is stronger?

Perhaps a way to use flowers is to use dead or decaying flowers? In the style I have used, perhaps it would make it more obvious that something wasn’t quite right; I’ll probably try that over the next few weeks as well as broadening out that range of quotes and subjects to make sure I include the ideas I had with other subjects.

I’m nearing the end of this unit now, and we spoke about how ending this unit and going into the next is going to be about how I channel and focus this deluge of ideas and communicate them visually in an effective way. I think I’m getting there, but I just didn’t get there with the first go at this assignment.

We chatted over some practicalities around ideas I’ve had for the next assignment. He’s reminded me to be mindful of logistical issues – that you need to go back again and again to hone, refine, really to obsess about it. That I should do something I can get spot on, conceptually and visually. I had thought about using film, so he said to write about why, what I thought film would bring to it. I’m not sure I will end up using film though, as I feel that perhaps I am making my life more complex and difficult than it needs to be, especially as I’m thinking about using colour 110 cartridge film which is difficult to buy and which I cannot develop myself. I suppose it’s a nostalgia thing for me, which ties in with the ideas I have for A5. 

As far as assessment is concerned, he said evidencing your learning is key. I have to relate the blog to material in the course text and to the learning outcomes. I’ve been taking art classes and bookmaking classes alongside this course; for me, they all tie in together so they’re all on the blog as part of my learning log. I’ve also been told to think about the way I house this final assignment and the materials I present for assessment in November. Perhaps a self made book?

It’s Mainly Bournemouth Comic Con

Some images from the week 14th – 20th May

A few snapshots from my week in no particular order…

This first set of images are from Bournemouth Comic Con on Saturday. My son had gone to the cafe for a break and I was watching the Cosplay Masquerade. I think the real strength of these events is that adults and children get to play and there is a real sense of it being a non-judgemental environment where everyone can relax and have fun.

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Pennywise the Clown
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Pennywise. I think I might put this through Photoshop to remove the lightsaber and crop it to remove the figure on the left.
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Child Deadpool. We were also treated to ‘Beach Deadpool’.

 

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Deadpool
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I’m not sure who this woman was Cosplaying, but she looked amazing
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Robin. Batman was missing on this occasion. 
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Final Fantasy 
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An audience member at the Cosplay Masquerade who was looking strangely bemused at times

From the cafe I could see all sorts of characters going up and down the escalators and the height of the rail was sometimes blocking out faces so it worked quite well.

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I love Ghostbusters and I’ll admit I’m a bit of a sci-fi nerd. I think I can recite Star Wars Episode 4 word-for-word. 

On Tuesday I had to go to Ikea Southampton to buy furniture for my youngest son’s room. There are always these massive cruise ships visible from the entrance. It’s really difficult to comprehend the scale of these; they’re enormous, like floating cities. These are iPhone images. I need a new phone now and I am realising that although my preference is for something simple, it’s probably worth getting another iPhone with a better camera as I use it so much and the reactions that people display with a phone camera as opposed to a ‘proper’ camera are very different.

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From my car while sitting in a traffic jam. 

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon I made mono prints from a Swiss Cheese Plant and framed some cyanotypes I made a week or so ago.

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My eldest son built this Lomography camera for me so I took some images of it.

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My cyanotype chemicals arrived so I’ve mixed those up and am coating some Khadi paper with the mixture. I was introduced to Khadi by my bookmaking tutor. It’s a really beautiful paper, handmade with 100% recycled cotton rag but it’s coated in gelatine so no good for vegans. I’ve been wanting to make cyanotypes on decent paper for a while. So far I’ve used Sun Print which is great for experimenting with but isn’t giving me the textural results and range of tones I want.

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This marmalade on toast looked like the letter D. I’m trying to collect images of things that look like letters. I think it’s a good exercise in keeping visually aware. I love marmalade and often carry emergency marmalade with me in my bag. And no, I’m not joking. Perhaps it’s something to do with my mum being born in Paddington?

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On Sunday I did five hours of archery with Hardy Country Bowmen. I must admit I was tired when I got home. Shooting with the recurve bow is easy enough physically, it’s just trying to create the same set of movements with everything in the same place over and over that’s more of a mental challenge for me. I think I have to become a lot more aware of my body. The initial movement is a similar movement to playing the violin which I am fighting to mentally differentiate from archery because my response to lifting my left arm up in that movement is to tip my head back to place a violin under my chin! I had a go with a compound bow – at least I wanted to, but I couldn’t draw it despite trying several times. I was really surprised because most weeks I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and I do use weights so I think I’m relatively strong. However, I am now determined that next time I try using one of these bows I’m going to be able to do it; it looks like more weight training at the gym is in order. I treated myself to a Pimms when I got home. Well, a jug of Pimms actually, but it’s got fruit in it so that makes it healthy.

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This leaf is from art class on Friday. I don’t think I’m making prints I love in class, it’s more about learning and experimenting for me. When I get home I’m practicing the techniques I’ve been taught and I’m really happy with what I’m producing – like the Monstera Deliciosa prints I made. I really love those.

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Made during art class

 

 

Art Class Week 14: Legs

This week we were looking at more ways of making mono prints. I’ve also been making mono prints at home so I’ll add my favourites here.

Legs is one I made in class that I liked. It’s just paper on an inked plate with a magazine image placed over the top and traced.

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Legs

 

This banded image was an experiment with masking tape and black ink which I printed twice to add white and blue to the trees. I added the image of the legs later in Enlight, a photo editing app I have on my iPhone.

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Some prints I made at home to practice the technique

I decided to make some large (A3) prints using my swiss cheese plant. I’ve primarily done these for my dad.  He has moved to Germany (Baden Baden) and I want to send him and his wife a housewarming gift that is personal. When I was a child the flat he lived in had a huge swiss cheese plant in the living room that was usually up to the ceiling. So these plants are something that I associate with him. He doesn’t have room for a Monstera Deliciosa now so a print seemed appropriate; I am really pleased with the way they’ve turned out.

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And these were other prints I tried at home;

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Ivy leaf

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These four prints are the front and back on one sheet of A3 paper; I wanted to make a record for myself of all the types of print I could get from one set of foliage so that when I start adding more layers I have a better idea of how that might look using each technique.

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Print with foliage on the inked acrylic sheet and paper placed on top of it. This is the front of the first print which uses an inked brayer.
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The back of the first print.
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Print from the acrylic sheet once the foliage has been removed
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Print from the foliage with scrap paper over the top
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An enlarged digital edit of one of the leaves

 

 

 

 

A Week of Experiments

Some images from the week 7th – 13th May

I handed in my fourth assignment at the beginning of the week, so there was a lot of writing up to do. This week has mainly been about experimenting with images I’ve already taken and producing more art prints.

I did get out to Badbury Rings for a walk with my friend Elaine and her dog Honey. I don’t think I’m much of a landscape photographer really so I now know that rather than avoiding it, it’s something I need to start thinking about and practicing.

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Honey, who would not stay still for longer than 10 seconds at a time.

Three images experimenting with depth-of-field and framing:

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Part of a panoramic image.

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Tree beside the Stour
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A selection of cyanotypes from this week

I’d been experimenting with a combination of mono prints with foliage and cyanotypes that you can read about here. I’d taken some images to record the process I’d been using and I really liked an image of a leaf on the inked up plate.

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This is a leaf on an inked plate. The image has been altered in an app called Enlight.

The following images are all edited using the Enlight app. I also use Snapseed, but for these more extreme edits I really like the filters that you can use in Enlight.

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I also discovered that Instagram does these animations so my children and I have been playing around with them.

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I do have my doubts about some of these apps and the ideals they promote, but in the end a lot of them are great fun. I was looking at Digital Snaps; The New Face of Photography by Jonas Larsen and Mette Sandbye. There’s a chapter on Japanese Purikura photography which is about how Japanese teenage girls are using this kind of technology. I find it interesting that boys seem to be left out of this, but perhaps it’s just that my boys aren’t into it.

This is my eldest son Nathan. It’s rare that he’ll let me take a photograph of him, but he got contact lenses this week and he’s also just had his braces removed so he’s moving from this place of feeling a certain discomfort about his appearance to a place where he is beginning to feel more comfortable. I was curious about running this image through the ‘porn app’; interestingly, it’s just smoothed out his skin a little and perhaps made his eyebrows slightly heavier.

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Nathan

Anyway, the other point about Nathan here is that he won’t take photographs and I find that really interesting. I did buy him a digital camera some time ago and he also has a mobile phone that he could use, but for some reason it’s almost as if he has seen photography as out of bounds for him. However, I received a Lomography camera for my birthday in late September that I still hadn’t put together. He is great at this sort of thing and so I’ve given up and asked him to assemble it for me, which he did in less than an hour. He proudly came and showed me how it all worked. I asked him if he would like to take some photos with it, and he said yes.

So is it the building of the camera that has helped? I’m not sure… I wonder if it’s the outwardness of the Lomography camera that has helped him? There is no ability to really turn it inward or toward the self. You cannot turn it around to take a selfie; it just wouldn’t work and so that expectation to represent himself in this process is removed. As is the ability to share the results easily, which perhaps removes a certain pressure to do so.  Anyway, that’s my amateur psychology for the week. I shall show him how to load the film and see what he comes up with.

Photography Collides With Art Class

My son was off school for a few days this week, so I haven’t been out taking photos but staying in a bit more and making more (and more and more) mono prints. So, on Thursday afternoon I was printing with some leaves and when I’d finished I looked at the acrylic plate and realised that what I had on that plate looks like a glass negative that I could print onto sun print paper i.e. as a cyanotype.

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The black parts of this should be unexposed, so turn white when rinsed while the clear parts should turn blue.

Essentially, when making a cyanotype you block the light to a certain part of the paper (fabric or whatever) and expose the rest. The exposed part of the sun print paper turns white while the blocked part remains blue, but when you rinse it under cold water the white exposed part of the paper turns blue, and the blocked out part turns white. So if you use a leaf for a print, all you ever get is a white leaf – no detail (unless you use a negative printed onto transparent paper of course), just a white block.

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Expose the sun print paper until it turns almost white. It took me a while to realise that this paper is made in California, so the timings on the pack of 1-5 minutes are not applicable for England where the sunlight is not as strong. I’ve had to expose some images for over 20 minutes.
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When you rinse it, this happens

My thought was, what if I put the sun print paper under the clear acrylic sheet that I’d just printed on? I should get the detail of the veins from the leaves in blue, and the shaded part should remain white.

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This is the initial result with an ivy leaf. I can see it’s going to work, but it was a bit disappointing because a) my kittens got involved and moved things about and b) the sun did not want to get involved; it had decided to stay hidden.

I had another go, but this time I tried coating the leaf in ink with a brayer and then printing the leaf onto the acrylic sheet. It might be easier with a softer leaf, but ivy was difficult as it’s quite thick and has a natural bend that doesn’t want to flatten out. That can lead to a lot of movement and a blurred image on the sheet.

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Again, it’s difficult to assess the results as the weather was poor; I should have waited for a day that was not overcast but I was impatient.

When the planets align so that the sun finally comes out when I have a free afternoon I’ll try this again.

I think the main point of this for me is that the art classes I am taking and the photography are linking up now in unexpected ways; I shared this idea and the results with Pauline, my art tutor, who said she’d never heard of this being done before and has advised me to document this process as it’s about creativity and method.

 

Reading & Research: Mainly about pornography

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I had a list of subjects I wanted to research rather than specific photographers. I wanted to find out about identity and the formation of identity, how personal items are represented in photographs, dreams and more about studio lighting.

Porn?

As it was, I found a huge book by Tom Hingston entitled Porn? and because I’d been musing on the app that makes everyone look like a porn star and thinking about the stereotypes involved I decided to take a look, which is actually quite difficult in the setting of a very busy library with this particular subject matter in a huge book. The text was really interesting and made some great points. My understanding of it is that the idea was to give photographers this brief of PORN? – the question mark being powerful as it creates a space to explore this idea fully. As the text points out, because photography relies on metaphor you could argue that a lot of images could be read as highly sexualised, and the desire to push against the boundaries of the socially acceptable in artistic practice perhaps encourages that.

“Rather than seeking a definition of porn, one might pose the more urgent question as to what, of the images produced by contemporary culture, isn’t porn.”

Tom Hingston, ‘Porn?’

I did find it uncomfortable really looking at the images in the context (I’m sure someone who reads this will make something out of that fact), but the idea that spoke most to me was about a ‘tension between confidence and vulnerability’, and that that was expressed visually by a man standing ‘between the protective embrace of his house and the coolly appraising eye of the outside world’. I think that idea really worked for me on a lot of levels and is one that I’ll probably explore. It feels like quite a teenage idea, one that I’m seeing reflected in my own children, how they’re getting taller and taking up more physical space, growing and maturing and gaining confidence, while at the same time they still have that childlike vulnerability that needs protection.

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This is the second time I’ve looked at this book and it’s really helpful. I think I will follow up with some research on ‘The Valley’ by Larry Sultan, which was mentioned in Porn? too. I was thinking about a really cinematic set of images for assignment 4 to make really good use of light so I looked at some work by Cindy Sherman and I need to follow up by checking some work by Laurie Simmons and Jeff Wall.

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I think Wolfgang Tillmans is becoming one of my favourite artists. I have an immediate connection with him because of his political views, but there is more than that; at some level what he does just works for me. I found it interesting that he talks about socks as ‘significant’ things. “That’s what I always have the greatest interest in. The things that humans choose and make and do in order to deal with their lives.” I suppose that’s where I’m now going with ideas for assignment 4, picturing the things that I find significant, things that I choose in my everyday life or things that other people find significant that they relate to me (the way I find my grandmother’s bracelet significant now that she is dead). I also really enjoy the mixture of text and documents with photography. The textural elements are really clear and bold in both statement and design. I love that he doesn’t shy away from expressing his ideas, he doesn’t feel a need to. And I noticed that he sometimes uses sound, which is exactly what I had thought about doing for an earlier assignment. I didn’t include sound in the end as the mechanics of it with assessment involved seemed prohibitively complex and worrying, but I take a digital recorder with me everywhere and capture sounds like I take a camera with me to capture images. Tillmans’ website is really exciting too. I wish I’d found it before the Brexit vote.

The Mystery Book of Travel Photography published about 15 years ago, the name of which I stupidly didn’t note down.

I’d picked up a book about travel photography and not written down the title or author because I didn’t know if it would be much use to me, so I’ll have to get that information  next time I visit the library. I just wanted to note down here the idea of journeys or travel to a destination being a return to a point of origin, and that maybe in that context the photograph becomes unimportant. The text mentioned this for Jews and Africans. In the context of being a Jewish person who has never been to Israel I found that idea interesting, but I also found it interesting as it ties in with the idea I’d read in How to Make a Home (The School of Life & Edward Hollis) about home being a point of origin, without it necessarily being the place you were born. This is a tie in with assignment 2 and assignment 5.

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On the back of the toilet door. Seemed funny to me.

 

Flowers, Text & Religion

Some images from the week 30th April – 6th May

On Monday I took about 500 photos, over the course of the week probably well over a thousand. And so the benefits of digital photography become clear to me again.

I had something stuck inside that I needed to communicate, and I was trying to work through ideas that were coming up for A4 so all these ideas have been developing over the course of the week, culminating in images that I’m happy to hand in for A4 even though they’re maybe not as perfect as I’d like.

So, these first two images are part of exercise 4.5; they’re roses (obviously) taken with artificial light.

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I also took images of some lilies. They’d come in a bouquet with the roses and I found that really strange and also poignant as roses represent romantic love, while to me, white lilies represent death.

The roses were certainly dying fast.

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I think I started to look for human anatomy in the lilies as I’d done some research on pornography last week when I was thinking about the way women are represented. I suppose that women and flowers have links (how many female names are floral?) in qualities that society perceives as positive for femininity. It’s not an unusual link to make, for example in the flower paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, but I wanted to explore it for myself.

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Later in the week I also took some photographs of orchids and found myself returning to these ideas.

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There’s a big link for me between my past, religion and sexuality that I need to explore and I suppose it’s all coming out here. It’s gradually become apparent to me that although there are these things that seem big and looming in my life, like emotional and psychological abuse, being put into a children’s home, watching my mum’s decent into schizophrenia when I was eleven and the associated caring role I had to take on for her and for my sisters who were babies at the time, there is actually a much bigger looming shadow that runs over my whole family or through it like a poison: Evangelical Christianity.

Over the past few months it’s gradually become clear to me how pernicious and damaging this particular brand of this religion is. I’ve felt discomfort with it since I managed to disentangle myself from it several years ago, but I’ve tried to reassure myself that it’s essentially Pascal’s wager in terms of whether or not people go along with any particular religion. But over time I’ve realised it’s not, certainly not if you’re a female, because the bible hates women and Christian apologists can try to dress it up any way they like, but all you have to do is read and think to realise how deep this hatred goes.

“Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.”

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Eve

(The images didn’t work for me, but I find the phrases fascinating and I mean to play with the idea a lot more).

Those biblical ideas about females seep into every aspect of life. And I wanted to express the knowledge that those ideas I’d had implanted as a child, that were expressed in all sorts of phrases and backed up using scripture, still permeate into my life even now.

I can see some of them clearly, I can see where they come from but in some areas it makes no difference now. These messages have had a massive effect on how I have lived my life, choices I have made, how I have behaved and how I have seen myself and my place in the world. It is too late to put all of this right; I cannot turn back time.

“I can’t answer your questions Sarah, but what I do know is this; there is a golden thread running though the Old Testament, that thread is Jesus Christ, and if you don’t believe in him, turn back to him, then you will suffer and burn in hell for all eternity. The devil is tempting you to ask these questions, but you must have faith and believe in Him who will set you free.”

A vicar

Some of the biblical misogynistic phrases are still hidden inside of me, obscured by the way I have been taught to behave as a female and what I have been instructed to expect from life. I hate it, I hate it so much I cannot describe how angry I am that I was treated this way as a child and that there are people who are still doing this to their children.

There is a phrase in a Jewish prayerbook a friend got for my children, a prayer for every morning offering a praise to God, “who has not made me a woman”.  If my memory is correct, in the children’s version it says “Thank you G-d that I am not a woman.” Needless to say, I didn’t let my boys anywhere near it.

“Little girls should be seen and not heard.”

My grandmother

So I suppose that’s where these images are coming from.

Later in the week I tried experimenting with the idea a bit more.

These are screenshots from bible hub on 1 Timothy 2:12.

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“She is to remain quiet.”

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She is to remain quiet

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“She must remain silent.”

This is the phrase I am going with for A4.

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She with me included
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She
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Must

Another experiment with a different look..

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I also experimented with images for other verses.

When I was 11, my mother burnt all my books because they might have reference to magic in them. I now have thousands of books in my house, but I no longer own a bible.

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The wages of sin is death
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The wages of sin is death

 

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And the priest shall make atonement for her before the Lord for her unclean discharge

 

I think I will go back to making these images more personal at a later date, but whether that’s in the context of this course or not depends on the feedback I get from my tutor. So looking back to exercise 4.4, I might use the meaningful objects along with text (see further down page for more meaningful objects).

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I took this image on my iPhone as a joke; I was tired and it was hot, I needed a drink and I was messing around. I think I might retake it and use it though.

I am still playing with ‘Clue’ the period tracker, inspired by Kate Aston’s work.

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More meaningful objects: I needed to get close up images of these and I don’t have a macro lens so I used very cheap close up filters with varying success. All of these have a story behind them that I will no-doubt end up telling eventually.

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The shadow cast by my Star of David
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‘Till death us do part
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Bracelet for a scapegoat
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Mum’s engagement ring; lost and found

 

On a lighter note…

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When I was a child I really wanted to ride but I was never able to so I’ve decided to learn now. This is the horse I’ll be riding.
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I found this toad in my garden which thanks to three cats is littered with the bodies of various small creatures. It was cheering that they haven’t managed to kill everything. Yet.
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Bluebells at sunset

 

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Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset
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The sky really was this blue
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Shadows cast by plastic plants

More bookmaking: Simple Paperback Notebooks

I’ve just begun the second of three bookmaking courses which I hope will give me ideas for more options on how to physically present my images. The first was four weeks on folded book forms, this section is about making notebooks, journals and sketchbooks. They’re run by Susan Green of Bound by Hand in Dorset.

This week we made two paperback notebooks. This first one is a simple pamphlet stitch paperback book, which I stupidly decided to cover in old manuscript paper that didn’t even survive the making process. It’s really easy to make, essentially you cut the paper and cover all to the same size, make 3 holes for the stitches; one halfway down the length of the spine, the other two 2cm from the top and bottom of the book. The waxed linen thread is passed from the inside of the book through the middle hole to the outside, then up to the top hole, down to the bottom hole on the inside of the book, and back through the middle hole on the outside. Then it’s knotted, and that’s it.

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Pamphlet stitch paperback notebook

 

The second book was essentially the same, but used a vertical chain stitch for the sewn part. I’m not going to describe a chain stitch here, but it was a bit more fiddly and involved punching nine holes into the spine rather than three.

This is what it looks like

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I’ve never been great or enthusiastic about sewing by hand so you’ll have to imagine it done by someone with the patience for sewing

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The outside, the inside.

 

Art Class Week 13: Monoprinting

This is what this week looked like;

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We each bought in some foliage for mono printing. I managed to grab some ivy and fennel from my garden, both shapes I really love. Essentially the process is very simple. You ink the plate, arrange the foliage on it, lay a piece of paper over that and use an inked roller to take a first print – you get a front and back print on the paper because you’re using an inked roller. I found that the front images worked best.

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Front image of fennel
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Back image

You can then remove the foliage (or whatever you’re using), place that between two pieces of paper and use a dry roller to get a print from the inked foliage (I suppose you could use a wet roller too).

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You can also take a print from the wet inky plate that the foliage was pressed into. I managed to get several prints from each plate, but usually the first was the most successful.

(They’re still on the drying rack in the studio).

Then it was a case of experimenting with inky leaves and plates, adding more ink, different colours, and just trying things out. I really enjoyed this process.

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Back image with reused leaves inked in a different colour printed on top

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We also used doilies for printing, but to me they weren’t as successful as the foliage had been. Of course, you can print onto any paper you like.

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Using a wet roller over the plate that has the doilies on it. This is the front print.
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And this is the back of one of these prints. It just gave me blue ink with white areas, so I kept the doilies and glued them on as I liked the colours.
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I didn’t print onto this paper, but it had ink all over it so I used it to protect some prints to get them home. Then I realised I quite liked the old doily I had used for printing and just scanned it like this.

Additional prints

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Planet Apple, Meaningful Stuff and Brendan Fraser

Some images from the week 23rd April – 29th April

This week I was trying to get to grips with lighting; this way of working is totally new to me. Exercise 4.4 is about lighting a natural object to reveal it’s form (you can see all my attempts, including my total failures here). These are my favourite shots so far.

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Meaningful Stuff

I’ve been experimenting with a few different objects, trying to light them in different ways. All are things that are meaningful to me, or that represent me to other people. The really difficult thing about this was that the physical things that I possess that are meaningful to me tend to be paper; letters, photos, drawings by my children, the excellent cards my daughter gets for me (like Alice in Wonderland pulling back a curtain to reveal a Tardis), notebooks, sheet music that I play and books that I love or that have had a profound effect on me. So I had to try and think of other things as the whole point of this for me is to learn how to light these objects. I can see the issues I’ve had, faults I have to correct and how I might improve though.

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My first violin. I play this a lot; it’s one of the first things people mentioned when I asked them about objects they associate with me.
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Probably the most important and significant book that I’ve ever read; it totally changed my life and the ramifications of that are still ongoing years later.
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Me – “Daniel, what reminds you of me?” Daniel – “Nicolas Cage.” These are just some of the Nicolas Cage surprises he’s left for me. It’s a thing we do that I don’t understand so I just go along with it.
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A childhood toy, “Squeaky Teddy” (My Dad)
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My iPhone; I use it every day so although it’s not significant to me as such, I suppose it has some significance in being one of those things I use a lot.
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Me – Nathan, what reminds you of me? Nathan – “Star Wars”.
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Me – “What reminds you of me?” My friend – “Either scotch or red wine. Or tea.” This is a scotch I don’t really like; I prefer Glenmorangie, but that would have been a photo of an empty bottle.
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You have to know about my background to understand the significance of me having these cards, but to me they represent a freedom of thought and religion. I grew up in a family that were ultra religious and a lot of them are unfortunately still stuck in that place.
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A notebook. I always carry one with me and it’s another item I use every day. I’m not happy with this photo, but I can’t work out a good way to make an image of this book.

I was also trying to work on other ideas for Assignment 4, but I will play with this idea of meaningful objects that I’ve begun to explore and see if these things work as a set.

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As for my original idea for A4, which I called ‘The Oracular Brendan Fraser Dream’, I think it’s probably going to be too complex to complete in time now so I’ll work on it without the idea of using it for an assignment. It involves setting up so much – a scene where every element has to express meaning. Time constraints along with a lack of technical skills when it comes to studio lighting and a huge learning curve are making that difficult to achieve.

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Me experimenting with shots for The Oracular Brendan Fraser Dream. I’d just got back from the gym AND was streaming with hayfever. It didn’t make for my most successful set of images.

Other images from the week:

I am my only model at the moment so I felt like a self obsessed narcissist taking loads of selfies trying to work out how to get lighting right.

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The stables…

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I went to visit some horses.

A print from art classes…

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A print from Friday morning. I wan’t happy with it – I should have used the other tile.

A trip to AUB…

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I spent Saturday morning in the library of Arts University Bournemouth; I saw this in the toilets. I’d just been studying a book called ‘Porn?’