Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Colour Pinhole.

This was my final photo for my Representation project, I wanted to include it as I feel like it's one of the stronger pieces of work I've made recently. Our theme was portraits, I wanted to try to represent how I've been feeling since being here, and away from home. It's a self portrait, I took it in my bedroom at uni, as this is my own personal space in Southampton. I wanted to get across the feelings of vulnerability and a sort of loneliness. I'd been looking at the work of Francesca Woodman, and her self portraits, she used long exposures to distort and confuse, also to hide the identity of the subject.

My own, 2012
I transformed the medium format camera into a pinhole camera, I wanted to try something different, and I knew I'd have to use long exposures, therefore be able to move through the frame, and hopefully create something successful. I am extremally happy with my final print, and really enjoyed working with pinhole, and colour film.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Kaylynn Deveney - The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings

I found this little book in the library, " The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings" by Kaylynn Deveney. Kaylynn moved in near Albert into a flat in Wales, she got to know him over time. She's photographed Albert's everyday life, him baking scones, going to the shops, and visiting friends. Albert's then hand-written notes to go with each photo. Some photos don't show him, but just scenes from round his house, and around his garden. 
Kaylynn Deveney, 2007
Kaylynn Deveney, 2007

I think using text with photos in this situation works really well, and you get to know the subject alittle more, as he's the one whose written them. It gives you a better idea of how he sees everything, and of how he goes about his life.
Kaylynn Deveney, 2007
The book also contains old photos of Albert and his wife, whose now passed away. Also hand drawings and poems by Albert, . It really gives you another way to look at him, when you see photographs of him as a younger man, and how he used to be.
I find some of these photos to be quite quirky, but you also get the feeling of loneliness and you see the life of this elderly man living by himself, all alone.

Photographs scanned in from book: The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, Kaylynn Deveney and Albert Hastings, 2007

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I understand the idea of body modification, but don’t always feel it’s necessary, especially when it’s taken to the extreme lengths of trying to make yourself resemble historical figures. Although I believe it’s Orlan’s body and she may do what she pleases with it. What I’m not so comfortable with is her sharing her surgery with everyone else. I understand her curiosity of what was happening to her body whilst undergoing operations and from my own experiences I can see it would be intriguing to see what was going on. I just think it should be something more so for herself and for her to experience, rather than a public event.
Orlan - Before
Orlan - After

Photographs: http://theirishcritic.com/new-york-theatre/feminism-and-representation-an-interview-with-orlan/

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sunset at the Docks.

My own, 2012
Last night I went for a walk down to the docks with some friends, it was just at sunset, and the sky was beautiful. I took a few photos, and I feel that this was the best one. I was aiming to get the red line in the middle of the sky, in the middle of my frame, as this is reflected into the sea it becomes bolder, and stands out more. I haven't edited this photo at all, and I'm really happy with the mix of strong colours I managed to get. I wanted to horizon to go straight across the middle of the photo so you could see the same amount of each side, and I like it to look symmetrical. I chose this photo rather than others as I felt the clouds had a better composition in the sky, therefore making the reflection stronger.