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I Connect Therefore I am.

‘iConnect therefore I am.’ My photographic response to the Social Identity debate and Sherry Turkles TED talk. 

Available at: 

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

Discussion Topic:

https://daniellepughvisualexploration.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/social-identity/

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Response: On Landscape Project.

Wish You Were Here

Emma Wieslander, Wish You Were Here, 2010. 

Since visiting the On Landscape Project I have decided to responded in my own way to contemporary representation of landscape. During a history and theory workshop we were asked to use a shallow depth of field to explore what usually goes unnoticed in our everyday lives. Using a macro lens and inspired by works of Peter Fraser I have produced a narrative within an everyday object based around what looks like a landscape.

I have photographed this scourer in a way which looked most like a landscape to me. Using the yellow as a sort of cliff face and the green as the grass upon the top of it. Aesthetically inspired by the grassy cliff faces at Bridport Sands, East Cliff, Dorset.

Photograph of the cliff by Ian West available at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~imw/jpg-Bridport/13BRP-East-Cliff-Full-from-Pier.jpg

I intended to explore an idea I had that objects can often look like landscapes within the right perspective, responding specifically to Emma Wieslander’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ series from On Landscape Project.

Available at: http://www.emmawieslander.com/home/wishyouwerehere.html

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Ship to Shore.

Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea. 

John Hansard Gallery/Sea City Museum, Southampton.

08/02/14 – 04/05/14 

Catherine Yass, Lighthouse (North), 2011.

Catherine Yass, Lighthouse (North), 2011.

Perhaps the most underrated show of the year, contemporary gallery John Hansard and the Sea City Museum present Ship to Shore an exhibition across two venues exploring the lure of the endless sea via various mediums of art. Expect to be astonished by artists who have vividly expressed their engagement with the sea and ocean within the most extraordinary and breath taking way possible using film, photography, sculpture, and more. Ship to Shore allows the contemporary artists such as Isaac Julien, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Tracey Emin and Catherine Yass to blow the classical preconceptions of art out of your mind. The work shown is to the most stunning quality and presented to such high standard every fine detail is to be appreciated within the exhibition. The thoughts provoked regards to the show are a valuable and thrilling experience. Your senses will be stimulated and enhanced as there is no room for disappointment, a show which reaches its maximum potential and finest quality.

Thomas Joshua Cooper

Thomas Joshua Cooper

Moonrise Over the End of the World, Furthest West, The Mid North Atlantic Ocean, 2002. 

What sparked most interest for me within the exhibition were the seascape photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper. Cooper travelled as far north, south, east and west as he could to photograph the furthest points on the globe, these images took an incredible amount of time and effort to produce. However standing in a room viewing all four images on four different walls has an enclosed affect and as each image is aesthetically different due to the immense distance between where they were taken provokes a variety of feelings certain individuals relate to in various ways. During my second visit to the gallery with young people studying for their arts award  we spoke together about how the images made each of us feel. The variety of responses was not what I expected but it made me realise how aspects of these images have powerful emotional effects on an individual wether it be positive or negative is irrelevant as we still all appreciated how stunning the monochrome, philosophical images are. Personally I have a fear of open water out at sea, a fear of being abandoned and left in the open space terrifies me so a few of the images were quite comforting as I could see the edge of the land on them. Although the sea seemed rough it was reassuring that they were in fact taken on land. However one of the images does show open space so there is no comparable emotions about these images being shown together, the narrative is left wide open.

More information about the exhibition at: http://www.hansardgallery.org.uk/ 

In-between.

Whilst dashing around London from gallery to gallery I managed to take a few photographs of what caught my eye. Here I deconstruct and analyse why I may have taken them and what they represent to me.

Buskers.

To start off I know exactly why I took this photograph, the music these buskers were playing was some of the happiest melodies I’ve ever heard. The individuals were gleaming with joy and enthusiasm. It was close to impossible to walk by without at least smiling, these guys put me in a great mood from the start of the day and throughout. I feel it’s important to keep busking alive, by dropping even loose change to entertainers you make it worth while for them to spend their time performing in the street, raising spirits and moods all year round.

Trafalgar Square.

Having passed Trafalgar Square a dozen times I’m unsure why this composition sprung out to me on this day, there was something about the blueness of the sky reflecting upon the water in the fountains that caught my attention. The colours were naturally enhanced due to the bright sunlight but the sheer oddity of the hanh/cock which occupies the plinth in-between the richly historical engagement of the square is what steals the centre of this image. Perhaps unconsciously I took this photograph as an appreciation of my fascination with contemporary art and or how art changes over time.

Untitled.

This sight draw my attention for the amount of detail, everything seems to have been placed in that exact way for a reason but it just so happens that the building was under construction and the bus passing was at the right time.

I guess in a way this deals with a narrative of time, as the building is slowly constructed over time, the bus passes at a certain time moving people from location to location over the course of the day enabling them to be in a particular location at a certain time. And the tree occupies the frame with how it has naturally grown in that way over the passage of time.

Yoko Ono quotes “Time is a concept that humans created.” I feel this is an incredibly ignorant statement, perhaps due to the fact I’m not a fan of her anyway but it occurred to me that the passage of time is a part of nature, it’s not a concept at all, it’s simply that we have identified it and named it, we are not controlled by it or at least we don’t have to be.

Photographer's Gallery.

As the day came to a close whilst sat in The Photographers Gallery as our last location we noticed a rainbow occupying the sky outside of the window in front of us. My fascination with colour and light compelled me to photograph the rainbow. I owe this fascination within the optical and meteorological phenomenon to my interest in photography. The scientific understanding of the reflection and refraction of light within the water droplets is closely related to  those scientific elements of  photography I adore specifically to how simply we make and see images but the complex science behind it is endless.

Richard Billingham.

Guest Lecturer: Richard Billingham. 

Possibly the most unfulfilled and longest two hours of my life.

Thank god someone noticed Richard Billingham, he certainly got lucky in that department as far as I’m concerned.

Billingham’s work is incredibly interesting, inspiring, important, controversial and heavily contextualised, it continues to be celebrated but he couldn’t have done it alone.

Untitled, 1995, from the series ‘Ray’s a laugh’ by Richard Billingham.

Untitled, 1995, from the series ‘Ray’s a laugh’ by Richard Billingham.

I was so excited to hear Billingham talk about his own work, perhaps I raised the bar too high but unfortunately the lecture was so mind-numbingly tedious. It was almost as if he had no idea how others have interpreted his work, the apathetic towards his own work was difficult to comprehend.

The way he explained his photographic process seemed to have no regard to contemporary art or photography whatsoever and gave the impression he was just a celebrated snapshot photographer from someone else’s interpretation of his work.

Maybe he was having a bad day, I’m unsure but how he became a part time lecturer is beyond me. The lecture was elongated, mundane and most disappointingly uninspiring. However I continue to admire his work, but I hold no hope for his upcoming projects.