Having read through this weeks tasks i haven't got the time to do a workshop with my current working/study pattern, with an imminent move about to happen in a few weeks it wouldn't fit in with my schedule.
I would however like to make workshops part of my living, i have a little experience before of workshops from my BA and working with my old lecture on a primary school workshop in Cornwall. I really enjoyed the experience and found it a alternative way to teach than the classroom.
If i did a work shop on landscapes it wouldn't be based on the golden hour or misty water images. I would want to teach people how to see textures, patterns and get creative within the landscape challenging the idea of traditional landscape style of photography, using different techniques like double exposure. I would explain my technique of how i become closer to nature. A slowing down of the body and mind, i find it's a sort of meditate state i go into to be able to see the world different. I look at the big vista then go deeper and deeper into the land.
Getting on with my project I put my images up on the wall to look at this week, as it's getting nearer to deadline date its time to start thinking final WIP images and oral presentation. First i put them on the wall and looked at them, left it for a few days with more studying the images, just letting them sink in really, no major thought process just letting the images speak for themselves. I then put them into groups as there seems to be a collections of styles coming through. There is a collection of images which have a distinctive line or layering in them and i like this style, the other group images i find to be messy and distracting. I was also aware that there wasn't enough for the WIP not enough that i would be happy with anyway. They were starting to look to similar. So i started more research. I came across On Landscape a online photo magazine dedicated to landscape photography.
There was a lot of multi layered images photographers and articles about the different artist and their style and influences. I found this magazine really insightful and a useful source of artists. The work of Valda Bailey is featured a lot, she's said to be one of the leading multi images photographers emerging along side the likes of Doug Chinney and Chris Friel.
I resinate to Valda and Dougs work more than Chris's, i find some of his work is too dark but some are very interesting with a painterly impressionistic style. All the artist use ICM Intentional Camera Movement with the multi layered images, i like this style of image as it creates a more impressionist style of work than a direct record of the view, as i started from a painting background with influence of abstract and impressionist artists like Monet, Turner and the surrealist Salvador Dali I prefer to create images using my own interpretation, imagination and creativity than creating a direct copy of what's in front of me. I can make a recording of the view by using the known landscape techniques, but the challenge is in creating something thats not there or doesn't exist, an image that only i can see, no one can replicate my work as only i can see it in my creative mind. So in my current body of work i'm creating new landscapes by blending the two images together from a recognisable, tourist and iconic landscape. I'm challenging the idea of tourist images, like in the last module, the image i produce could be marketed to the tourist as art pieces still used as that momentoe of the visit but a more creative art piece than the usual tourist tat mass produced items on sale in every tourist destination. Theres a market for all types of momentous and souvenir to match different pocket allowances.
Heres some images i've taken this week.
Multi image made from single images, i find this didn't work as the one image of the sheep is blurred giving a poor quality look to the image, but the composition i find works for me. I like the shot but i won't use it as it's poor quality.
I started to experiment with in-camera double exposure as opposed to multi layered image process done in camera adding ICM to the images too.
Finished double exposure
Double exposure image with ICM
I'll put the image on later as i can't download anything where i'm living and its starting to drive me up the wall, it's so inconvenient for this kind of studying. I'm spending so much time driving to the area where i can access 4g and roam it over to computer is very time consuming. I will be glad when i do the rest of the degree from my parents home with easy access to internet and resources. Here has been a experience for me personally in a new environment and i have met lovely people who i will keep in touch with after i leave and i love the chilled out lifestyle but for studying online distance learning is not practical. I knew i couldn't download or watch lecture/webinars but i didn't realise how much i do use it everyday. I have to make a list of things to add on and do it in my car on a car park in the next village. As i believe everything happens for a reason this procedure gave me the foundation for the project. A journey into Place, identity and time.
I've been thinking about the images i've been taking and why? I'm trying not to take the tourist image and be more creative with the image. I think i'm managing that, for a start of they aren't taken at the top of a mountain depicting a landscape conquered from the challenge of climbing the mountain, like most of the image out there in articles, tourist advertising and marketing , postcards, cards and other tourist memorabilia. There are some galleries and craft outlets that are showcasing local artist and the rise in this is become more popular with new craft cafes opening up.
As my work is being guided by the journey i take to and from the carpark for my internet access as Alexander states "
Much landscape photography inevitably requires travelling to particular locations to make work. Sometimes, however, the journey itself is more important than the destination, and the means of locomotion(walking, driving, taking the train)is its integral to the creative strategy of the project. (Alexander,J. 2015) this gives me reassurance in my strategy towards my journey and photography undertaken in that journey.
How many of the people who walk these mountains only take the picture of the view at the top and don't record the journey to get there, the pain, the sweat, the breaks, the little details that tell the story of the journey, just the image to say look what i did is more important. or maybe its because the journey up there is tenuous and needs all your concentration and hands might be full with walking sticks to keep your balance or scrambling, or is it that people don't value the journey enough to be recorded only the end result? The mountain top view that took all that hard work to attain is shared on the social media pages for all to comment on what a fantastic view it is. Before social media and the internet these images where printed off upon returning home, admired and memories recalled once more before they were put into a family photo album to document another achievement or just simply put in the box with all the others to join in the family memory collection. Lenman wrote"when tourists return home , their photography's become complex mementoes, evidence of a journey that condenses a multifaceted experience into a set of discrete rectangles to be sorted, shared and organised into an idealised narrative. As in the 19th Century, some narratives may take the form of carefully edited and captioned holiday albums.Many more will remain structureless and loose in shoeboxes or envelopers or, unprinted, on cd's, doomed to be forgotten or discarded. (Lenman, R, 2005) why take them in the first place if not to use?
Copy of note book