Assignment 2 – reflection on feedback

I have some doubts on the course content and also the received feedback so far. It seems not to be leading to something concrete. It’s too open, nothing is conclusive. I understand that’s the intend of the course. Develop students into self-sufficient, self-thinking, contemporary artists, but I have doubts if it’s the way for me. I feel I don’t need an expensive course or a teacher if the only aim is to let me develop myself and less to teach. I can do and am doing that myself. One thing I currently get from the course is a bit of structure. It forces me to progress by reflecting and consciously look, read and listen.

annotated version assignment notes

Comment [H6]. I choose aperture f/16 for the extended depth of field. For the concept I had in mind I needed depth throughout the picture. I always try to keep my ISO as low as possible to keep the quality as high as possible. Because I shot handheld I increased the ISO to 200 for a workable shutter time and prevent motion unsharpness.

Comment [H7]. I was shooting landscape with clouds. The clouds enforce the landscape. The idea was wide, open, emptiness which refers to the lands. From idea to concept to execution the clouds have become an unmissable element of the photos and the series. It’s part of the concept, partly motivated by the technique, the lens particulars.

I composed by looking how the clouds enforced the landscape, the other way around would have given different compositions.

Comment [H8]. Lines seen through the viewfinder don’t show the same on the picture except when these lines lead the eye into the picture. It’s all about rendering a 3D world on a 2D surface. The lead in lines are a compositional tool to give the idea of depth in a picture.

Comment [H9]. Create some additional photos because I think I can improve the series by composing with the horizon at more similar hight in the pictures. I’ve been back to the location, but didn’t have the right cloud formations. I shot some pictures for another project I started.

tutor report

After seeing my picture so far the tutor came up with the ideas typology and minimalism. Both are quit interesting ideas.

I recently read a book called “The Politics of Design” by Ruben Pater. According to the leaflet the book explores the cultural and political context of the typography, colours, photography, symbols, and information graphics that we use every day. I can recommend this very easy to read small book. With regards to my photography I think until recently the use of symbolism in my pictures was of an unconscious nature. But now when I shoot for example wildlife, what I aim for is not just a representation of the subject. I’m much more aware of idea, concept, colour theory, symbolic meanings, etc. In my newest project which I started for myself, but surely will use in this course, I am using elements as symbols, even metaphors.

With regards to minimalism I can say I’m very interested in it. I remember an evening in Brazil last year where I photographed an evening long a toothpick in a single light on a smooth surface.

the tutor recommended a couple of links:

http://www.americanphotomag.com/instant-expert-bernd-and-hilla-becher https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/focus_ruscha/ http://blog.redbubble.com/2012/04/photographic-typologies-the-study-of-types/

I was not unknown to the pictures of Bernd and Hilla Becher. I already knew that I make certain type of pictures, the redbubble blog made me realise that placing those pictures in series typology in them can be seen. I think it is inherent to the fact that my photography started as a companion on my travels and that I had certain interests and a certain idea of what aesthetic pictures were. I ended up with similar subjects, but in different locations. The new project I referred to earlier in this post is partly a step away from that.

Reading list

Barrett, T., 2011. Criticising Photographs. 5th Edition ed. California: Mayfield Publishing. This book I studied already. When I write a post for the visual research section I actually try to use Barrett’s methodology: describe, interpret, judge. Were the emphasise is on the description as interpretation and judgement I add if I like it and if I can use elements in my own photography.

The other books I’ll put on my list for when I finished the unread ones out of my closet. I already read books like:

  • Wells, L. 2015. Photography, a critical introduction. 5th edition
  • Trachtenberg, A. 1980. Classic Essays on Photography. 5th edition
  • Barthes. 1980. Camera Lucida (translated by Richard Howard)
  • Szarkowski, J. 1966. The Photographer’s Eye.
  • Sontag, S. 2008. On Photography

The extract from Barthes, R., 1977. Image, Music, Text. London: Fontana. I will study.

 

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U2 – The Joshua Tree

I’ve seen multiple shows of U2. Their shows always have the same elements: Good music, new technology and a political message. At moments the political message hinders the musical experience, a show stopper.

This show had all elements again, but it had also something extra: a brilliant concept! Besides the build up of the setlist, with as act 2 the integral and in sequence playing of the Joshua Tree album, there was the art work of Anton Corbijn. Since the 80’s the famous Dutch photographer and movie director has been involved in the development of the visual image of U2. He is the one responsible for the album cover art of the Joshua Tree.

For this tour the band let him do the development of the visuals on stage. An amazing 60 meters wide 8k video screen with brilliant videos expressing the Joshua Tree album content and political landscape. The band, the music, the stage, the message it all became one.

Setlist

Act 1
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
A Sort Of Homecoming
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Act 2
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit
Mothers of the Disappeared
Act 3
Miss Sarajevo
Beautiful Day
Elevation
Vertigo
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
One
I Will Follow

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Activities done

Day 232 – 238 26 juni 2017 – 2 july

  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips.

Day 239 3 july 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 240 4 july 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Work on pictures & movie Botswana
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 241 5 july 2017

  • Read magazine Aperture 227 Platform Africa
  • Work on pictures & movie Botswana
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 242 6 july 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Work on pictures & movie Botswana
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 243 7 july 2017

  • Work on pictures & movie Botswana
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 244 8 july 2017

  • Work on pictures & movie Botswana
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 245 9 july 2017

  • Work on pictures & movie Botswana
  • Read magazine Aperture 227 Platform Africa
  • Open youtube canal & upload botswana video
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 246 10 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Read magazine Aperture 227 Platform Africa
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 247 11 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 248 12 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Read magazine Aperture 227 Platform Africa
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 249 13 july 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 250 14 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 251 15 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television

Day 252 16 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read magazine Aperture 227 Platform Africa
  • Watch cycling event Tour de France on television
  • Watch part of epsisode documentary The Art of America – modern dreams by Andrew Graham-Dixon (amongst others about John Sloan).

Day 253 17 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read magazine Aperture 227 Platform Africa

Day 254 18 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 255 19 july 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 257 21 july 2017

  • Hike – Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 258 22 july 2017

  • Hike – Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 259 23 july 2017

  • Watch episodes face off.

Day 260 24 july 2017

  • Read The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama p412-429

Day 261 25 july 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 262 26 july 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

Day 263 27 july 2017

  • Read The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama p430-457
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 264 28 july 2017

Day 265 29 july 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 266 30 july 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Concert U2

Day 267 31 july 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Watching television series Forever

Day 268 1 august 2017

  • Read The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama p458-496

Day 270 3 august 2017

  • Read The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama p497-544
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 271 4 august 2017

Day 272 5 august 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 273 6 august 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

Day 274 7 august 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama p545-585

Day 276 9 august 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama p586-end

Reflection

I’ve been working on a lot of things related to my photography and this course. I only haven’t communicated through this medium in last couple of weeks. I’m making some steps with developing ideas into concepts and create photos from there. Unfortunately this course doesn’t have a part in that development. It’s they other way round. I’m trying to fit my activities and development into the framework of the course.

Botswana 4×4 selfdrive. in other posts and in assignment 3 I’ll reflect more on this concept and journey.

Tour de France. Watching a good cycling match isn’t only exciting, it motivates me.

Television series Forever. As always a new different appearing seems refreshing for a couple of episodes and then the tricks wear off.

Documentary The Art of America. Interesting. I have to watch more.

Face Off is a competition of special-effects make-up artists. They create works of living art. From idea to concept to execution ……and where the artist goes wrong, insight in the process. Educational to watch and great artists.

I dedicated special posts to the following subjects:

  • Aperture Magazine 227 Platform Africa
  • Embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Concert U2