Friday, March 16, 2012


My own - Railway, 2012
I love taking photos in the dark, the artificial lights give photos some unusual tones. There's also the element of mystery, of what you can't see. Other than the symmetrical railway, platforms and lights, you can just see a blue light on a train disappearing in to the distance, no people or movement.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Shilpa Gupta

Whilst at the Arnolfini gallerey we also saw a series of works by Shilpa Gupta. The first being 'Someone Else' a collection of steel cast books, the books have been selected due to the author, they're all authors who used a pseudonym, or wrote anonymously. The books contain their origonal titles, but then the reason for the authors anonymity. 

Shilpa Gupta - Singing Cloud
 This is the second piece of work on display, 'Singing Cloud'. It's an installation piece, made of 4000 microphones, but rather than the mics picking up the sound, they're emitting audio. The track made up of fragments of speech, designed to sound like singing. 
This next work was in the same room as 'Singing Cloud', he's a video I took of it, you can almost hear the soundtrack from 'Singing Cloud' in the video. It's been created using a flab-board. Lines of text were created every few seconds, this were then transformed by half the sentence changing, then the next half, or maybe just one individual word each time. 

Shilpa Gutpa - There Is No Border Here
Then there was this piece, a flag almost drawn on the wall of the gallery with yellow tape. Within the flag words were written with the tape, they read:

"I tried very hard to cut the sky in half, one for my lover and one
for me, but the sky kept moving and clouds from his territory
came into mine. I tried pushing it away, with both my hands,
harder and harder but the sky kept moving and clouds
from my territory went into his. I brought a sofa and placed
it in the middle, but the clouds kept floating over it. I
built a wall in the middle, but the sky started to flow
through it. I dug a trench, and then it rained and the sky
made clouds over the trench. I tried very hard to cut"

Shilpa Gupta - There Is No Border Here
The tape also had words on it, reading "THERE IS NO BORDER HERE". The flag is usually associated with counties, borders and nationality.

I really enjoyed seeing all these pieces together.

Photographs and video taken by me at the gallery, 2012.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sophy Rickett - To The River

After we had been to Bath on Monday we then got back in the coach and drove to Bristol, to the Arnolfini gallery. Here we saw an exhibition by Sophy Rickett, called 'To The River'.
Sophy Rickett - To the River
This is a video installation piece with 12 channels of sound. It was filmed near the Riven Severn in 2010 during the spring equinox, crowds of people are gathered waiting for the Severn Bore to pass. The footage was projected onto three large screens, each screen showing clips of different men, woman, and even a dog, all waiting in the dark. As you stand in the dark you can hear the sound of the water throughout the room. There are then several audio tracks of people chatting whilst waiting, these were played one by one, rather than over the top of each other.As they wait you hear snippets of their conversations, some of these are about them waiting, other are completely unrelated. 

Sophy Rickett - Framed archive
When we went upstairs there was a room containing 55 archive framed works. This is Ricketts reserch that she's pulled together, including texts, diagrams and photographs. You can see how Rickett's looked into the Bore, and that she's used a lot of archival material to achieve this installation piece.

Sophy Rickett - Framed archives

Photographs: Top photo: scanned in off gallery leaflet, others: taken by me at the gallery, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Art of Arrangement

Leaflet from show - Art of Arrangement

On Monday we went to Bath to The Holburne Museum, to see 'Art of Arrangement- Photography and the Still Life Tradition'. Unfortunately we weren't able to use our DSLRs to take photographs, we were only allowed to use phone cameras. I don't have a camera on my phone, it's a phone, so I've scanned in the leaflet and the postcard I brought of Frederick G. Tutton's 'Dessert, 1923'.

Frederick G. Tutton - Dessert, 1923
When we got there we were shown a huge still life painting to consider before we started to look at the photography. It all started as black and white still life images, of things such as fruit, fish, skulls and flowers. It then went on to more modern and colour photographs. One that particularly stood out to me, is 'Dali Atomicus' a 1948 photograph by Philippe Halsman.

Philippe Halsman - Dali Atomicus, 1948

“On the count of three, his assistants threw three cats and a bucket of water into the air; and on the count of four, Dali jumped and Halsman snapped the picture” (Luhring, 2008)

This happened twenty eight times; after each photo had been taken Halsman would go into the dark room and develop the 5x4 negative to see if he had achieved the desired effect.  They counted each other in as a method of keeping things in time, each time. Dali jumps and the photo is taken just after the water and cats are thrown in. so that the water had time to make its way across the frame, and the cats would have had a chance to move slightly so they look a bit more natural and not like they had just been tossed in the air. In the instant the photo is taken I think you get a clear, honest shot of the subjects character.


BRANDON LUHRING cited by ARCHIE TECHNE. (2008) “Dali Atomicus” by Philippe Halsman. Available: