Daniel Adams

Link to Daniel Adams’ project: Why is your English so good?

Racism in the United Kingdom & Ireland is a widespread problem. This series is based upon fellow Malaysians experiences with racism and ignorance who are either living or studying in the United Kingdom & Ireland. (Adams, 2017)

An inspiring series of photos. The stories of people captured in a photo. I like the pictures very much, but I’m also interested in the process behind the pictures. From a story to a punchline, from an idea to a concept and then the planning and execution. His other projects on his homepage are thought through as well. Not just beautiful pictures. In a series they tell a story, or the same story over and over with different subjects. That repetition of sensuality gives for example strenght to Daniel’s project book i.

Every aspect of why is your English so good looks thought through, not only the story the picture tells, but also composition, use of colour, use of props and models. Every picture is a piece of art in its own.

What I learn from it that a well thought through concept can add to the beauty of a series.

Bibliography

British Journal of Photography – Invisible World

Adams, D. (2017), At: http://danieladams.format.com/2877308-why-is-your-english-so-good (last visited 12/10/2017)

Adams, D. (2017), At: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jun/07/young-malaysians-witness-racism-daniel-adams-why-is-your-english-so-good-in-pictures (last visited 12/10/2017)

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Reflection dd171009

Activities done

day 309 11 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 310 12 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p112-133

day 311 13 September 2017

  • Read magazine digital photographer
  • Project long distance hiking

day 312 14 September 2017

  • Post visual research
  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p134-151

day 313 15 September 2017

  • Read magazine hiking
  • Project long distance hiking

day 314 16 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 315 17 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 316 18 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read magazine digital photographer

day 317 19 September 2017

  • Read magazine digital photographer

day 319 21 September 2017

  • Read magazine digital photographer

day 321 23 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 322 24 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 323 25 September 2017

day 324 26 September 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p152-177

day 325 27 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 326 28 September 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p178-182
  • Project long distance hiking

day 327 30 September 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 328 1 oktober 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 329 2 oktober 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p183-186

day 330 3 oktober 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p187-198

day 331 4 oktober 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 333 6 oktober 2017

  • prepare post reflection dd171009

 

Reflection

Very intensively I worked on my project ‘the hike’. I’m walking from my home in the Netherlands via Belgium and Luxemburg into France. Almost each weekend I add a bit, creating pictures along the way. A lot of themes to think about and mingle into a series that record the experience: fatigue, achievement, survival, solitude, pain, weather influences, creativity, originality, beauty, the track, the environment, but also how am I going to present it when the project is finished.

The outcome is definitely more than just a couple of nice pictures. And I want to bring that to the footlight. But how are the pictures viewed?  I’m struggling with likes on social media and comments like ‘some of the pictures are beautiful’. How to make people understand? I put a lot in the pictures, they are very personal. They show more and more my vision, I see a style developing. The expectations with the type of photography I shoot are like a kind of stray jacket. For example you can’t open a magazine and see a picture of a landscape without a purple-red sky.

People creating street photography, portraits or social photography seem to have more freedom. Unfortunately shooting people is not what I want to do.

Sanne De Wilde

Link to homepage: Sanne de Wilde

‘Born in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 15th of April 1987. Graduated as Master of Fine Arts, Photography at KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Ghent with great honours, June 2012. Currently working as freelancer for ‘De Volkskrant’ and living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.’, Wilde (2017)

The Island of the Colour Blind

‘In Pingelap and Pohnpei, two islands in Micronesia, an extremely high percentage of the population suffers from the rare genetic abnormality achromatopsy, or total color blindness‘, Kannibaal (2017). Sanne experimented with black and white and infrared photography portretting the people and the islands. Some B&W pictures were hand-painted by people with achromatopsy.

Besides the book also an interactive installation has been produced by IDFA and Brakke Grond. It’s on view in the Phi Centre in Montreal . ‘The Island of the Colorblind is an interactive installation that invites the viewer to explore a shift in colour perception.’, Phi centre (2017)

What grabbed me is the concept, the research that must have gone into the project and the creativity in developing the book with its deviations from the expected. It must me amazing to fulfill such a project from idea to book for sale in a shop. It’s inspirational.

For me it’s on the border of pictures and images with definitely photography at its base.

The images become surreal, a dream world. That might be something to try in my own photography, to look beyond what I see.

Bibliography

British Journal of Photography – Invisible World (2017), Radlett, Herts: Media ltd

Wilde, S. de (2017), At: http://www.sannedewilde.com (last visited 14-09-2017)

Phi centre (2017), At: https://phi-centre.com/en/event/lucid-realities-en/ (last visited 14-09-2017)

Kannibaal (2017), At: http://www.uitgeverijkannibaal.be/the-island-of-the-colorblind (last visited 14-09-2017)

The Embarrassment of Riches

The Embarrassment of Riches is a book by Simon Schama. It’s an interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age.

‘At the apogee of its powers in the seventeenth century, Holland was a tiny island of prosperity in a sea of want, Its homes were well-furnished and fanatically clean; its citizens feasted on 100-course banquets and speculated fortunes on new varieties of tulip. Yet, in the midst of plenty, the Dutch were ill at ease. In this brilliantly innovative book-which launched his reputation as one of our most perspicacious and stylish historians- Simon Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of a nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in constant dread of being corrupted by its happiness.

Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates, in precise and loving detail, a nation’s mental furniture. He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, of the cult of hygiene and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators. He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies.’, Schama (1987)

I learned several things from the book:

  • I’m Dutch. It was interesting to read about the background of some still existing cultural habits in the Netherlands.
  • How art is a reflection of its time and why you therefor have to decode art.

Bibliography

Schama, S. (1987), The Embarrassment of Riches, New York: Vintage Books

The Hike

[to update]

The Hike – attempting spontaneity, playfulness and atmospheric impressions during perseverance and solitude – A project in progress

At first I had pain as a motivator as well:’………. during perseverance, pain and solitude’, but pain had too much negative negotiations for me. I want a positive project and I want people to understand. I think too many people wouldn’t be able to associate pain with pleasure. Pain during a long distance hike is easy to imagine.

I’m following the GR5 route which is part of the E2 from Inverness in Scotland to Nice in France. So far I walked the Dutch part and a part of the Belgium part.

Currently I present some pictures on Instagram. I post one picture a day.

 

The main concept is ‘the experience of the hike’, but I’ll split this in subproject. I’m still thinking on this and probably this will shift during my experiences and thinking about how to present the project.

Reflection dd 170911

Activities done

day 277 10 August 2017

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

day 278 11 August 2017 – day 282 15 aug

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

day 283 16 August 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 284 17 August 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 286 19 August 2017

  • Work on various posts course
  • Re-Read EvY part 1-3

day 287 20 August 2017

  • Work on various posts course
  • Re-Read EvY part 1-3
  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Re-work shoot assignment 2

day 288 21 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p1-15
  • Work on various posts course

day 289 22 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p16-28
  • Photo:box

day 290 23 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Watch movie Bruno

day 291 24 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer
  • Various posts course

day 292 25 August 2017

day 293 26 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

day 294 27 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

day 295 28 August 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p29-50

day 296 29 August 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p51-72

day 297 30 August 2017

  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p73-95

day 300 2 Sep 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

day 301 3 September 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’

day 302 4 September 2017

  • Working on new project ‘long distance hiking’
  • Read Art and Visual Perception by Rudilf Arnheim p96-112
  • Post assignment 3

day 303 5 September 2017

  • Post assignment 3

day 306 8 September 2017

  • Printen photos

day 307 9 September 2017

  • Various posts learning log
  • Read eyv part 4

day 308 10 September 2017

  • Photo shoot re-work assignment 2
  • Post assignment 2- another shoot
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

Reflection

The ‘long distance hiking’-project has for now the working title “The Hike”. It’s an ongoing project. I wrote a separate post on it. I started that project with an idea and a basic concept. And it’s very interesting to see that develop. I haven’t fit the project in the course yet, but I’ll surely do with at least a part of it. I’ll write about it in a separate post.

Shooting from a concept where beauty is a substantiation instead of a goal is a liberation for me. Until now I focussed on technique and the-art-uninformed-aesthetics. It feels like a break through in my artistic development.

Malala Andrialavidrazana

Link to Malala’s homepage: Malala Andrialavidrazana

‘Born a traveller, Malala Andrialavidrazana is a visual artist with a background in architecture. Her research is interested by notion of barriers and interactions within cross-cultural contexts.’, Tempé  (2017)

Link to the images I first got attracted to: Figures

‘Malala Andrialavidrazana’s Figures employs the potential of intersecting information and transforming support material. By associating diverse elements such as regional and world atlases, bank notes, and the album covers that marked her generation, Andrialavidrazana’s compositions reframe the knowledge we think we have of the world.’, Chatap (2015)

After seeing her ongoing series Figures, constructs of cut up world maps, bank notes, pictures, etc. I started doing research on her. Malala has some other interesting (ongoing) projects. I like her way of composing and use of colour. But the pictures are much more than just beautiful shots, they tell stories. She’s original, stays away from cliches, avoids stereotyping and presents the world see sees as unbiased as possible.

Bibliography

Aperture #227 Platform Africa (2017), New York City: Aperture Foundation

Tempé, A. (2017), At: http://www.andrialavidrazana.com/biography/ (last visited 9-9-2017)

Chatap, Y. (2015), At: http://www.andrialavidrazana.com/figures (last visited 9-9-2017)