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.

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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.

Botswana video

In May/June of this year I visited Botswana for a solo 4×4 self drive through its National Parks. Sleeping in a tent on top of the car, a Toyata Hilux, crossing streams, spotting wildlife, It was a big adventure. I used some of the pictures for the decisive moment assignment and made a video of the whole experience.  This is the first video I made (not counting one home video from my apartment when I lived in Mumbai a couple of years ago). For the interested is this the link to youtube: Botswana 4×4 selfdrive video

 

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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

 

Reflection dd170626

Activities done

day 197 22 May 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p343-371

day 198 23 May 2017

  • Post reflection dd170522
  • Re-work pictures in b&w

day 200-224 25 May – 18 june 2017

  • Photoshoots Botswana
  • Read magazine digital photographer
  • Read magazine british journal of photography

day 225 19 juni 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

day 226 20 juni 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p375-397
  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

day 227 21 juni 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p398-412
  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

day 228 22 juni 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

day 229 23 juni 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

day 230 24 juni 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

day 231 25 juni 2017

  • Work on pictures Botswana (timelapses) & movie clips

Reflection

Did a lot of photoshoots during my holiday in Botswana. I had prepared the trip. Some things worked out as I thought, others didn’t. I haven’t made up the balance yet. I’m still going through a lot of material. For sure I’ll publish on this holiday on this site and use pictures in assignment 3.

I received feedback on assignment 2. In a seperate post I’ll write my thoughts and comments on this feedback. My main conclusion is that the course forces me into a structure, I need that, and I think the theoratical part is refreshing from what I’ve read so far about photography. It gives handles. I’m not learning too much from the photo exercises.

Reflection dd170524

Activities done

day 190 15 May 2017

  • Post reflection 170515
  • Prepare Botswana trip
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p230-256
  • Photo:Box chapter Still life

day 191 16 May 2017

  • Read the photographer’s eye by john szarkowski p1-69
  • Prepare various posts visual research
  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p257-259

day 192 17 May 2017

  • Post doubts (10)
  • Post Nick Knight
  • Post Giovanni Gastel
  • Read the photographer’s eye by john szarkowski p70-99

day 193 18 May 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p260-288
  • Re-work pictures into B&W

day 194 19 May 2017

  • Re-Read gardner’s art through the ages by F. S. Kleiner chapter 3
  • Prepare Botswana trip
  • Re-work pictures in b&w

day 195 20 May 2017

  • Read embarrassment of riches by Simon Schama p289-342

day 196 21 May 2017

  • Re-work pictures in b&w
  • Read the photographer’s eye by john szarkowski p100-end

Reflection

The photographer’s eye by john szarkowski is interesting, little text, but lot the comment on. I might write a seperate post about the book.

Looking forward to my vacation. In last months I did a lot of preparation work for a Botswana trip. It will be the first time I experiment with video. The main goal stays photography, but I want to make a videoclip of the solo-selfdrive-photography-safari I planned. Also I want to experiment with some photography techniques.