Exercise 5.2

For this exercise we need to choose a viewpoint out of a window this can be anywhere.  We need to write down everything we can see, no matter how boring it seems or how detailed.  We need to do this for about an hour.

My daughter goes horse riding every Wednesday and I usually wait for about an hour and a half for her to finish so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do this exercise.  The riding stables are in a remote place in a small village called Ickleford so it would be interesting to see if anything actually happens.  I pulled up for the lesson about 4:15pm and used my notes pad on my iPhone to make notes of what I saw.  These are my notes –

*lots of cars on the main road leading to Ickleford

*A man and a dog, the man is throwing a ball the dog is chasing it.

*A girl and her mother pulls up next to  me in a red car, the girl and mother gets out and goes to the club

*A few minutes later another car pulls up this time its a black car.  A young woman gets out of the car and another man does too he opens the boot of the car and gets a dog out, the girl says bye to the man and walks towards the riding club the man heads down to the fields with the dog for a walk.

*A woman exits the club she is leading two horses down the path

* Man returns with the dog, gets into the car and drives off.

Our college notes ask us to consider a few areas after doing the exercise –

Can you transform this into a photography version?

Yes, I actually think it would make an interesting series of images.

Would you stay in the same place or get closer to things that you have listed?

Definitely get closer.

Would you choose to use your camera phone in order to be discreet or would you get your tripod out?

Well, one thing this course as taught me is not to be afraid to approach people to get the shots you want I think that by being discreet, I don’t think the series of images would work as well as if I actually approached the people.

Would it be better in black and white or colour?

I think that the series would work well in colour.

Would you include your list with the final images?

Maybe, I’m not too sure.


Sarah Pickering

Our course notes look at the work of Sarah Pickering. During Context and narrative well looked at her series of images Public order. Public order was a series of images taken at a police training ground my post can be seen (here).  Now our course notes ask us to research her series titled ‘Incident’ I found two video’s online which I have pasted below, where Sarah talks about the body of work titled ‘Incident’.

When one notices looks at the work of Pickering once notices the absence of life, this creates that disturbed feeling for the viewer.  Incident is a series of images created at a training venue for fire fighters, we notice buildings that have been burned, it looks so real, when one first glances at the work without any prior knowledge of the artist one would not think it is a set used for training purposes.  I think this is what makes Pickering’s work interesting, because as mentioned above the absence of the human figure creates a disturbing scene, making the viewer question the whereabouts of people. This is done because the viewer can see it’s an aftermath of something terrible tha has happened.  Incident is shot in black and white this is interesting because the black and white  really highlight the contrast of dark and light emphasizing the damage caused by the fire.

References –

A, Bambury (2008) Brighton Photo Fringe 08 – Sarah Pickering’s incident At Phoenix/Culture 24 (online) available at:https://www.culture24.org.uk/art/photography-and-film/art61894

S, Boothroyd (20150 Sarah Pickering/photoparley (online) Available at: https://photoparley.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/sarah-pickering/

S, Pickering, Incident (online) available at:http://www.sarahpickering.co.uk/Works/Incident/workpg-01.html

Elliot Wilcox

Our course notes look at the work of Elliot Wilcox.  The work of Elliot Wilcox concentrates on the distinctions between objects and representation within the constructed leisure space. (1)  Elliot Wilcox photographic series walls is a series of images of indoor climbing walls.  What is interesting about these photographs is how they are taken close up, creating an abstract like image.  This is interesting because at first glance the viewer does not recognise the subject of the photograph.  What I like about the photographs is the closeness of the subject as it reveals a lot of detail such as shape and texture.  One can even notice the marks made by people’s trainers from the struggles to get up the walls.  The court is another photograph series by Wilcox, again similar to that of walls but this time the artist concentrates on playing courts in the leisure space.  Again I find the series fascinating cause of the abstract like features, fascinating lines that lead the viewer’s eyes.  The images reveal textures, colours and shapes.  What makes Willcox work intriguing is that the viewer notices the absence of people but each image shows the presence of the people because of how detailed the images are by revealing the scuff marks made by people’s trainers, these marks represent the presence of someone once being there.

Elliot Willcox series of images walls can be found here.

Elliot Willcox series of images courts can be found here.

References –

(1)Indoor Climbing Walls photographed by Elliot Wilcox(2012) Alison Zavos, Feature shot (online) Available at: https://www.featureshoot.com/2012/03/indoor-climbing-walls-photographed-by-elliott-wilcox/


Research Point 2

Our college notes ask us to think about examples of photography that avoid the use of the human figure in order to communicate truth and stories about humanity.  I have always found myself attracted more to the natural environment and occurrence of things.  So for this research Point 2 I’m thinking about the abandoned place.  I have decided to research some photographers that photograph abandoned places.  Christian Richter’s his work can be found (here).  Is a German photographer that photographs empty European buildings I looked at his series of images The abandoned series (2011)  I also research the work of Alicia Ruis instead of photographing abandoned building she photographs abandoned cars (here).  She writes “the body of work is a search for hidden treasure”(1) I think that is so true when you are exploring these places it is like you are looking for something you don’t know what but you are searching.   Part 1 of my course for the square mile exercise I wanted to photograph the abandoned village so I decided to do some research where I found the work of Niki Feijen my post can be seen (here).  When looking at these photographers work the first thing I notice is how realistic their images looked.  What these images have in common is their detail, the good use of lighting emphasises the details and textures of the image.  While living in Cyprus I became very fascinated with exploring the abandoned villages, It intrigued me cause these villages had a story to tell.  It is the presence of something that used to be and is no more.  I was inquisitive as I explored these places because I wanted to know what happened to these people who once lived there.  I would like to share my work below of two villages I visited during my time there the first was Vrestia, this village was once home of Turkish Cypriots and was evacuated during the Cypriot/Turkish war.  I shared a couple of the images for Part 3 of the course, exercise 3.1 (here) another village that I visited Trozena apparently this village was evacuated during an earthquake.



References –

(1)Alicia Ruis photography, abandoned place (online) available at: http://www.aliciariusphotography.com/abandoned/

(2) Christiona Richter’s, Abandoned series chronicles Europe’s empty buildings (2016), Anna Wintson (online) available at: https://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/11/christian-richter-photographs-abandoned-empty-buildings-europe/

Richard Wentworth – Making do and getting by

Richard Wentworth is a British artist.  Our course notes asks us to look at the work of Richard Wentworth’s photography series ‘Making do and getting by’ it can found here.  When looking at the article, a picture of a car stuck between a gap came to my mind.  I remember briefly reading about his work in Charlotte Cottons book, The Photograph as Contemporary Art.  Cotton writes “Wentworth’s photographs draw our natural inquisitiveness to understand alternative values of meaning of things, through touch, texture and weight.”(1) For me Richard Wentworth’s work is interesting because of the concept behind the idea. As humans we do use everyday object to fix problems, this made me think about my own backyard and how I have placed an old sand tray and held it up with an old bicycle to block of a gap in the fence till my husband returns from deployment so that the dog does not visit our neighbours, I would have never thought about photographing something like this, that is what makes Wentworth’s work so unique. It’s about the idea behind the image, he notices these human interventions within the natural environment.  The execution of Wentworth’s image one can say its simply framed and it has a disregard to depth of field but it does show much appreciation to lighting and texture.  According to Anna Dezeuze the work of Richard Wentworth is like the work of the conceptual photographers of the sixties and seventies, for forty years Wentworth used the camera as a way of making casual notes of situations which attracted him. (2) Making do and getting by has been published in a book this book is made up of these series of images which document how we as humans use different objects in a unordinary way.  Making do and getting by investigates the process of perception and communication. (3) How materials are used according to their weight, size, gravity and scale; for example Wentworth describes his observation behind the photograph of a tomato in front of a car tyre. “It’s the fact that the tomato is like a cartoon – we know that it’s fundamentally a squishy thing.  The tyre is also a vegetable product, substantially still connected to trees and oil, and the tomato has been fertilised, probably with oil products, and is a vegetable or technically a fruit. (3)  Wentworth’s photographs is an observation of these complexities of the usage of the objects, it is the artist’s journey through the urban landscape.  It’s interesting how he is able to notice these unique inventions.  The book is made up of 750 photographs these collections of photographs is the artists digital collection and was captured between 2006-2015.  The book also consists of an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, During this interview Wentworth has an in-depth discussion analysing  his own work.


(1)C, Cotton (2009)The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson, World of Art, new edition  (Cited p.119)

(2)Dezeuze, Anna 920130 Photography ways of living and Richard Wentworth’s Making Do and Getting byboo, Oxford Art Journal, Academia [Accessed online:] https://www.academia.edu/5269475/Photography_Ways_of_Living_and_Richard_Wentworths_Making_Do_Getting_By_Oxford_Art_Journal_36.2_2013_pp._281-300

(3)R, Wentworth (2015) Making do and getting by: London: Koeing (cited p.14)


Alec Soth – Sleeping by the Mississipi


Our course notes ask us to research artist Alec Soth’s series sleeping in the Mississippi.  Alec Soth is an American Photographer living in Minneapolis.  I found an interesting discussion titled ‘in conversation with Alec Soth’ online here Soth is interviewed about his work as well as the recently re-published book Sleeping by the Mississippi.

Alec Soth’s body of work Sleeping by the Mississippi is a series of images that show his road trip alongside the Mississippi river, I found his images (here),  It’s interesting series because the work is not about the Mississippi river itself but the people and places Soth encounters on his journeys.  Sleeping by the Mississippi is more about the spirit of wandering and people’s dreams then the river itself. (1) The body of work features landscapes, portraits and interiors.  The body of work has a very strong narrative, each image tells a story but the images link together to tell a complete story.  During an interview with Schumman for SeeSaw Magazine, Soth highlights the importance of viewing his work as a whole.  Each image acquires a different meaning when viewed together. (2) I’m intrigued by the way Soth uses colour in his work Peter’s houseboat, Winona, Minnesota (2002) we have a snowy scene with a touch of colour in the distance on the washing line.  The image has a lonely feeling to it, one can feel the coldness of the snow, it’s haunting. The juxtaposition of the clothes hanging in the snow trying to dry makes the viewer question the whereabouts of people, why would anyone put their clothes on a line during a snow storm.  I really like this image.  Soth’s work is intriguing his images is striking, with an eye for great colour detail.  The images are well thought out and composed.  The work has a documentary style to it, but I don’t think one could call it a documentary.  Soth prefers to describe his work as “lyrical”  Booth refers to the work as “off-beat and hauntingly banal.”(3)  I feel that the series has many layers of meaning that one can uncover. People often think of my pictures are sad, and many of them are of course, but I also think there is something really optimistic in them. (1)

I found the photo book online and it can be viewed here.

Below I have found another video which is an in-depth discussion about London’s first exhibition to focus on Alec Soth’s photographic series ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi” the discussion is held by Gallery director, Giles Huxley-Parlour.


References –

(1)Alec Soth is sleeping by the Mississippi (2017), British Journal of photography (online) Available at: https://www.bjp-online.com/2017/11/alec-soth-mississippi/

(2)A Schuman (2004) The Mississippi: An interview with Alec Soth, Seesaw photography magazine (online) Available at: http://www.aaronschuman.com/sothinterview.html

(3)H, Booth (2010), The genius behind Alec Soth’s Brighton biennial success, The Guardian (online) available at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/sep/19/alec-carmen-soth-brighton-biennial


Paul Gaffney – We make the path by walking

Our course notes us to research the work ‘We make the path by walking’ by Paul Gaffney.  Paul Gaffney is a Dublin based photographer.  His work investigates a different way of experiencing and presenting the landscape. (1) The body of work, we make the path by walking is Paul Gaffney’s first self-published book and can be seen here. This body of work is made up of photographs taken by Gaffney during his long-distance walks through the rural areas of Spain, Portugal and France.  During this time Gaffney walked more than 3, 500 Km by foot photographing his journey. For me, I find that there is something Poetic about this body of work.  It is an expressive body of work that captures the essence of nature.  The images have a somewhat ‘lyrical’ feel to them. Gemma Padley refers to Gaffney’s work as minimal but commands attention, nothing much is happening in the images and there are no people in sight, yet everything is happening. (2) The images really draw the viewer in, it makes one feel like one is there themselves.

References –

(1) P, Gaffney (2016) Paul Gaffney / about (online) Available at: http://www.paulgaffneyphotography.com/About

(2) G. Padley (2013) We make the path by walking by Paul Gaffney, British Journal of Photography (online) Available at https://www.bjp-online.com/2013/11/we-make-the-path-by-walking-by-paul-gaffney-book-review/