TV Group Tutor day
16 September 2017
Today was the September meeting of the TV Group, founded back in 2012 so that we could get access to some tutoring, still going strong this was one of our biggest meetings. Our resident Tutor Jane Taylor was with us giving good solid and constructive feedback. Almost everyone had something to share and we went round the room looking at the work and ideas everyone had to share.
I always feel very inspired by the crazy ideas the people in this group have that produce such interesting work, everything from polaroid to Nazi Germany was discussed in this session and some very powerful work was shared.
I pitched my ideas for Assignment 6 based on the work of Emily Allchurch and the idea was received with interest, Jane said she thought the idea had an interesting slant to it and encouraged me to pursue it further. I also spoke about the sublime and Assignment 1, Jane’s advice was not to get too hung up on the sublime as it has many meanings.
I have not yet finished the exercises in part one so I will not fix my ideas about assignment one yet until I have soaked up the learning that is to be had from part one.
It was a really good day and was nice to see everyone here, we also discussed the Body of work Project the group is taking on so that we can mount an exhibition of our work in February 2019 at the Lightbox in Woking. This is all very exciting and I think everyone is really getting excited about making the work for the exhibition. within the next few weeks it looks like we will have the contract in place with the gallery at which point the whole thing will take on a far more real perspective.
Preparing for Assignment 6 Exercise 1.5
04 September 2017
Emily Allchurch from her website: http://www.emilyallchurch.com/
The inspiration came from Russell my tutor who introduced me to the work of Emily Allchurch, who has captivated my imagination, in her work she recreates old oil paintings using composite photography to produce her expression of the original work in photography.
I am currently researching the possibility of using similar techniques to reflect the transition required by Assignment 6.
Read more about it here: Exercise 1.5
Exercise 1.4 Complete
02 September 2017
Is it Art?
I read the Masius De Zayas essay, at first I thought he was tring to shoot down the idea of photography being art, but on re reading I perceive that he was trying to place paintings in a box and propose that photography had somehow gone beyond what conventional art was capable of. His language and rhetoric are very old fashioned and reminiscent of a colonial Britain divided by Class, However, his ideas about photography having two aspects: The documentary show it as it is style of facts and the Photo art style of imagined and staged photography. This seemed to me to resonate with the idea of photofact and photofiction I discovered during my DPP studies.
Read more here: Exercise 1.4
Exercise 1.3 Complete
01 September 2017
Exercise 1.3 is now complete, lots of old masters studied and the similarities compared. This was an interesting exercise in looking at what conventions are observed by Landscape painters, I also went further and looked at the norms that have been carried over into Landscape photography and found that the Landscape photographer of the year has been running long enough now to start to draw conclusions about the attitudes photographers have towards the genera of Landscape
Read more about the Exercise here: Exercise 1.3
A new learning log
01 September 2017
I found an A4 Moleskine hardback notebook that I had bought when I started TAOP and not used. It seems perfect for my new Landscape learning log / Sketch book. Since I had become accustomed to clipping and sticking things in my log in IAP this seemed a perfect solution to my needs. I like to jot down thoughts and needs in a book and this will help to drive this blog as I proceed.
31 August 2017
Spent a fair amount of effort getting my kindle working and setting up Caliber so that I could access the PDF articles we are being asked to read. I found that because they are mostly rendered images they did not convert properly, and were hard to read on my kindle forcing me to scroll around the page. I used Adobe Acrobat DC to convert them to text, this left me with some raw text files that had nasty page throws so I edited them into a readable block of text. The result was a converted MOBI file that worked on my Kindle, I found these much easier to read as they worked using the single page throw buttons. There was something about the editing process that seemed to soak the contents into my mind so that when I finally read it through on the kindle it made a lot more sense .
I found from my first read through I was left wondering what I had read, but reading the converted more of the meaning behind the text came out, having digested the words, I then took a printout of the text and went through highlighting key passages and concepts, which left me with everything I needed to complete the exercise.
First Exercise done
22 August 2017
The first spadeful of earth has been over turned and I have completed the first exercise, this involved geting my sketch pencils out and doing some drawing:
The exercise can be found here: Exercise 1.1
Start of the Landscape module
22nd August 2017
Having met the August Deadline for my IAP module I have now signed up for the Landscape module as my first HE5 Module. I have had a conversation with my Tutor Russell Squires and find myself ready to go. I am spending some time setting up this blog after a conversation on the Collage Forum about what the assessors really want from a blog. So this time I have made more separation between the modules and will run a conversational blog on the main page with links to exercises and assignments on the right hand side of the page