Sustainable Prospects – Week 10

Let us take a photograph, any photograph, and look at it. That done, let us now ask ourselves the question: do we see the photographic in the photograph? Clearly, we immediately sense that something is not altogether right in that question; some kind of craft is being practised there; this phantom interrogator, we firmly paranoically…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 9

In this blog post, I would like to set myself the task of answering the following question: how does one distance photography from nostalgia and allow it instead to manifest its pure meaning? In my previous blog posts, I repeatedly argued in various ways to the effect that most of the canons of art that…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 8

In a previous blog post, I wrote that visually we seem to have entered what I then termed the post-aesthetic age (click here to read that post). Really, all that denomination was meant to mean was that with the passing of time images seem to be increasingly becoming more and more aesthetically alike. Terming the…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 6

In this blog post, I would like to focus my attention on the work of a photographer I discovered recently and whose work I found highly pertinent to my writings about representation in photography. In her project, ‘Early American’, artist Sharon Core, carefully reproduced in real-life the subject matter contained in certain paintings by American…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 5

In this blog post, I would like to reflect on the phenomenon commonly described as the “bad” photograph, a phenomenon we commonly stumble on (think most nature and architectural photography) and ignore as we shove our way through our labyrinthine streets, leaving this fertile pastureland latent and heavily dormant. The first question that comes to…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 4

During the current module of studies, I have finally started giving post-processing methods some serious thought… and some use. I had planned that during this module I would produce work in relation to my final major project that stood least in my control (see more about this here). I foresaw myself producing work that significantly…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 3

As part of the current module of studies, we were given the activity of preparing, over a nine-week period, a pitch to present to a real client. We were presented with five real briefs from real clients and we had to mark our first and second preference. I chose the two briefs set by City…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 1

The start of a new module… and the meaning behind my work in progress, recently exhibited as part of Landings:2019 under the tentative title ‘Dirty Paradise: in search of a lost photograph’, is still elusive and as yet unfathomable. Every time I try to put my feelings about this project into words, I always find…

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Strategies & Surfaces – Week 8

The theme set for this week of studies was ‘Workshop Guidance’ and during the week we discussed and read about the various aspects involved when organising workshops with the aim of collaborating with people through photography. For my final major project, I do not intend organising workshops; yet the literature we read during the week…

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Strategies & Surfaces – Week 7

The theme for this week of studies was ‘Publication Guidance’ and during the week we read a lot about the history, the making and the concept of the photobook. I found all the week’s literature invaluable seeing that I plan to present, once finalised, my current work, related to the final major project I am…

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