Thursday, 16 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
"Many years ago I was a coffin bearer for a fallen comrade. I remember feeling the weight as we lowered the coffin into the grave and then afterwards folding the Union Flag and presenting it to the mother & father. Through photography I want to convey a sense of personal feeling about sacrifice. These journeys take me to many corners of the UK. I am fascinated by the people that gather in the wind and rain, whom line the sixty mile route with salutes and Union Flags, from RAF Lyneham to John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford, on each day a fallen soldier returns home."
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Manchester has the largest Jewish population in the UK outside of London and I live just down the road from them and have done for years, yet I know next to nothing about them. This no doubt says something about me as well as so called multicultural Britain. Manchester photographer PERCY DEAN has made more of an effort to get to know this community with his series 'Clouds of Glory' and in the process produced a fine set of images.
Friday, 10 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
UK readers will no doubt know that this week (actually Thursday 9th) marks the 50th anniversary of the worlds longest running TV soap opera. I make no apologies for loving 'The Street', almost as much as anything or anyone it's been a huge influence on the photographs I make. Above are two original pictures I was given of a newly built GRANADA STUDIOS dating from 1958 two years before CORONATION STREET went live, look at them ashtrays and HP sauce bottles on the table! In case you missed it on tonight's TV below is the first ever episode. Produced only seven years before I was born It seems such a different Manchester (or Salford) and a different country but has much in common with an England I can remember as a kid. It represents a different type of romantic vision of England. Not the chocolate box country cottage home counties England, but the close knit communities of a Northern industrial working class town, like the ones that throughout the next few decades were systematically destroyed by successive governments and councils of both persuasions. The continuing success of the show is probably due to romance and nostalgia for times past, as well as being bloody good telly. Tony Warren knew that the daily lives of ordinary streets and people could be both fascinating and comforting and were already beginning to disappear. Large areas of Salford had already been subject to the wrecking ball with communities being dispersed all over Greater Manchester several years before the show was aired. The episode below and to a lesser degree the modern show is a lament to an England that no longer exsists and many people miss.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
I know nothing about Ivo Rafailov other than he is Bulgarian. I found the series 'Come in' from which the above image is taken over on Visura I felt I was looking at something I'd not seen before, I'm intrigued. In this world of mass information it's nice to have a little bit of mystery. All I could find on him was his BLOG which is also mysteriously called The Watchmaker.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
When I was about fifteen or so I was sent to see the school careers officer to discuss my future job plans. Career paths in 8o's Widnes consisted of working for ICI or working for GOLDEN WONDER. I told the career officer I wanted to be a Shepherd. I was bollocked for messing about. Thing is I did, I really wanted to be a shepherd. I knew very little about it, it was probably a consequence of watching 'ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL' on a Sunday night. But for a time in 1982 I wanted to tend sheep.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
How's things. I was wondering if I could get another favour? If possible
could you post about the new course the whitworth will be running? I'm just
starting to take bookings and I thought it would be of interest to some of
your followers (I think this should be readers!)... Here's the details anyway if you can.
Contemporary Landscape Photography
8-week course, Saturdays starting 15th January, 1pm 3pm, £100*
In response to our Land Between Us; power, place and dislocation exhibition,
submerse yourself in the world of contemporary landscape photography. Hear
from practicing photographers to inspire and inform your own work and learn
the skills and techniques needed to capture all your ideas. In
partnership with the Zion Centre in Hulme the course will be split between
artist talks here at the Whitworth and practical sessions over at the Zion
Centre. Culminating with an exhibition of your work created on the course
within the Zion Centre's gallery at the end of April.
*£80 for students
To book onto any Adult Programme events please call our Visitor Services
Team on 0161 275 7540.
For any queries or for further details please email Ed Watts, Adult
Programme Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the link as well,
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
This months speaker at THE ALTERNATIVE CAMERA CLUB is one of the UK's leading documentary photographers, JOHN DARWELL. John has made work from Chernobyl to Nevada although in more recent years England's North-West and particularly Cumbria has been central to John's oeuvre (love that word).
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Kay May is a photographer who has a very personal connection with war. Her son is a serving soldier in Afghanistan. Her series and book 'The Hawthorn Tree' is a document of a mothers war. The series can be seen HERE and the book can be seen HERE. May's work is also included in a group show 'Bringing The War Home' at Impressions Gallery Bradford
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
A few words about sequencing and bookmaking from someone who knows how to do it. Take a look at his 1970 series "The Somnambulist" (in the archive 1 section)
"In 1959 I was a young photographer's mate aboard the USS Tanner. With time to spare I explored the ship's library. One slim volume attracted my attention. It was "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot. These poems created a strong and unfamiliar impression on me. The cadence of the words implied an imagery that come from their very position on the page. It was only ten years later that I began to understand the real meaning of sequencing images on a page.The sequencing of photographs in "The Somnambulist" was a direct result and pursuit of the feelings I experienced many years before in the ship's library Eliot's word-shapes on the page spoke in many ways, precise but never too literal. I was drawn to this kind of experience and understand this now to be an aspect of how the process was to reveal itself in my own work. Surely there are parallel examples of this phenomenon.
An exhibition of my prints in a gallery or museum reveals how I relate to the medium of photography. Immediately one can see my attitude towards film, light, lenses and camera handling. A book, however is another story. In a book we see how I think about my photographs and the context in which they are intended to be seen.This is an important distinction. Context, as Marcel Duchamp made abundantly clear, is everything. A beautiful nude torso entitled "The breasts of Venus" will be perceived in a totally different way than the same photograph entitled "Still no cure for breast cancer". In a book I can be fully responsible for the context of the work.
The ancient Greeks invented the concept of the proscenium in the theatre. Behind the prosce- nium anything was possible, reality ended in front of the arch over the stage. The title of a book of photographs functions much in the same manner. The title informs the viewer of the context by which the images are to be seen.
I can start a book project with as few as 10 or 15 images.The first few spreads, usually around 4 or 5, set the tone of the sequence to follow. The sequence is then altered by the addition of newer images as they arrive.The title sets the tone and the point of departure for the work to follow. This can be sustained for years, some projects ongoing for a lifetime. I have been photographing in France and Italy for over 30 years.The same is true of the nude. One never comes to the end of such studies.
Whereas the viewer at an exhibition of photographs is free to wander about the gallery at will, the viewer of a book holds the book at a certain specific distance from the eyes, usually seated in a favorite well lit chair. This viewing distance is almost always the same from person to person.With this in mind I can be assured that certain spatial relationships between the images will be consistent and will be seen by all the viewers in a similar manner. I can build on this principle. Next comes the sequencing of the spreads, often designed to create a non-specific narrative or an elliptical linearity The sum of the images exceeds the total of the parts. Books can be about anything but when successful a book is an unbroken string of right decisions."
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Phantasmagoria. No not the 1985 Album that finally killed off for good any illusions that
THE DAMNED where a proper Punk band, but an evening (and afternoon for scared-ey cats) of Victorian inspired weird spooky marvelous-ness that our nineteenth century ancestors where so good at, and not a pickled two headed baby in a jar in sight. It's all to be held in what has to be the ultimate setting for this kind of thing, THE JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY. So Ladies & Gentlemen, ROLL UP! ROLL UP! Details below.
"Monday 8th November Mervyn Heard, the world's finest Phantasmagoria Magic Lantern Projectionist, will be performing a show at John Rylands Library, Manchester.
4.30 - 5pm a family friendly show
7.30 - 9pm an evening event where things get a bit more sinister and spooky!
ALL WELCOME, the event is FREE! call 0161 06 0555 to reserve yourself a free seat or email email@example.com
John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH see
for more info about the show"