‘Philippa in Lockdown, Canterbury, Kent’ – Ranald Mackechnie

‘The pattern of life has changed: the house is tidier, delayed tasks have been completed, the car is idle, and as the chief gardener I’ve never been so happy or productive. The year of 2020 will never be forgotten.’ – Philippa In terms of execution, this photograph and it’s accompanying caption are excellent examples ofContinue reading “‘Philippa in Lockdown, Canterbury, Kent’ – Ranald Mackechnie”

‘I can’t breathe’ – Brunel Johnson, London

“The invisible ones are claiming their power back. The Black Lives Matter movement is the only opportunity for us to claim our rights to be seen, valued and heard, with intention to finally obtain equity for us to succeed” – Estelle (pictured) In this photograph we see the subject, Estelle, square on with direct eyeContinue reading “‘I can’t breathe’ – Brunel Johnson, London”

Stock Photography

I wanted to write a blog post about stock photography, mainly as a place to work through thoughts I have for an upcoming project. Stock photography is something I am familiar with through any normal means that any other person would recognise. Stock imagery has been a fundamental component within computing for over two decadesContinue reading “Stock Photography”

June Street, Salford – Martin Parr & Daniel Meadows (1973)

In 1973 student photographers, of Manchester Polytechnic, Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows set out to photograph the residents of June Street (please see footnotes for further on this) in Salford. This area of Ordsall had been earmarked for re-development which involved the eminent demolition of existing Victorian terraces and the relocation of their residents. TheContinue reading “June Street, Salford – Martin Parr & Daniel Meadows (1973)”

‘Jake and Cat, Near Rhynie, Aberdeenshire’ – Elliot Caunce

‘Jake has lived off-grid in the Scottish Highlands for over 40 years with no mains electricity, water or conventional heating. “I’m the king of this place. Everyone else can fit in with me for a change”, he said.’ Jake, the subject of the portrait is photographed in what appears to be an attic or loftContinue reading “‘Jake and Cat, Near Rhynie, Aberdeenshire’ – Elliot Caunce”

‘Chaneen, Jasmine and Ocean’ – Sophie Harris Taylor – London

“I went to photograph Chaneen and her two children as part of a series about breastfeed. After we finished shooting we ended up spending a bit more time together. there was something so beautiful about seeing the interaction between Chaneen and her two children – the purity of their children was captivating.” I selected thisContinue reading “‘Chaneen, Jasmine and Ocean’ – Sophie Harris Taylor – London”

Portrait of Britain Vol.3 – Hoxton Mini Press (2020)

I thought it would be good to write a short piece on the Portrait of Britain book as I have been working through ‘reading’ some of the images that are included and also because it is the first time I have had work included in a publication like this. Portrait of Britain is a competitionContinue reading “Portrait of Britain Vol.3 – Hoxton Mini Press (2020)”

About Looking – John Berger (1980)

About looking is more a collection of reflections on individual artists and works than it is an overall statement on art as found in Ways of Seeing. Berger here writes short essays on a multitude of artists often focussed around a singular piece of work which he selects as a defining moment in their careers,Continue reading “About Looking – John Berger (1980)”

Ways of Seeing – John Berger (1972)

Ways of Seeing is a collection of short essays on the reading of images. A surprisingly short but dense read which looks to bring a sense of clarity to the understanding of art criticism. Asboth a guide for understanding the criticism and reading of images as well as a middle finger to the established conventionsContinue reading “Ways of Seeing – John Berger (1972)”

Mythologies – Roland Barthes (1957)

Mythology, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary is “A set of stories or beliefs about a particular person, institution, or situation, especially when exaggerated or fictitious.” We attach to that definition the sense of history or legend, the tales of heroic endeavours by singular people, often men, against the foreboding beasts of ancient lore. ItContinue reading “Mythologies – Roland Barthes (1957)”

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