May 2013

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Typology and the Beautiful Nothing workshop folks – outside of the links that were given by the DVJ here are a couple more:


Bird Carvings

Autumn Field Study 





In the days of Polaroid most photographers would have a collection of instant film ‘rejects’ that kinda represented the ‘soul’ of the shoot. These were the candids, the forced mistakes and happy accidents which could not be repeated. That single frame of instant film not only was a one off, but, because it was a positive, meant not even the hands of the alchemist magician in the darkroom, with his potions and shadow brushes, could tweak and alter perception. Nope, this was raw currency and within it, from time to time were those dynamite moments, or quiet beauty. Now with digital we can capture, well anything. Press and fire away during a set up and something will be there. The ‘outs’ process for me anyhow, is now in that which is left behind based on a list of judgements. Similar to the talk that would go around a room while looking at a contact sheet or a line up of bracketed slides, but for outs this is as good as it gets. I’ve been photographing the material for the MA Design class of 2013 and their website The images have been selected and are going up over the weeks, mine included, but I have found in the catalogue of headshots some gems that appeal to me. Some are loud, others energetic and others quiet in tone. But all have a hint of that Polaroid time that’s now gone for me and others. Our shoeboxes traded in for laptops and clouds.




Shot and produced these little gems for our up and coming (stress test) presentations in front of an audience of industry guests. Much to do, much to do.


As I work towards my MRes in Design, one of my focus points is on this participatory design element called #thehashtagofman which takes place on Instagram. This study tests the influence of social media and exhibition development in the telecommunication age of the smart phone and app technology. Where it takes nothing more than the hashtagging of a photograph, can social media, and the operators behind this curatorial endeavor produce anything like Steichen’s original The Family of Man in terms of volume of submissions and degree of photography talent. If you are on Instagram and would like to contribute see here for more details.

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