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mimi cherono ng ́ok

Link to picture: mimi cherono ng ́ok

‘Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983) is a young Kenyan photographer who lives and works in Nairobi. Educated from the University of Cape Town in 2006 she has a number of exhibition and projects behind her.’, Bling (2014)

‘My work now consists of collecting memory, of the places I encounter, documenting the familiar, the everyday, and the mundane. The encounters are always different, almost like new lovers. I bookmark geographical locations with landmarks of affect: I was here when my friend passed away, this is where I have a home: a family. This is the place I longed to be and couldn’t stay. The photographs are not about one country, one city or one place, but are an emotional cartography of where I have been.’, Mimi Cherono ng ́ok (2017)

Looking at her pictures I didn’t understand until I read her statement. The pictures started making sense. In my opinion her pictures are not to be seen separate, but only in series. This actually fits the project I’m currently working on myself. This project has for now the working title “The Hike”. This artist is inspirational to me not because of her pictures, but because her conceptual way of working.

Bibliography

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

Bling, K. (2014) At: http://africasacountry.com/2014/01/the-work-of-kenyan-photographer-mimi-cherono-ngok/ (last visited 9-9-2017)

mimi cherono ng ́ok (2017), At: http://residencyunlimited.org/residencies/mimi-cherono-ngok/ (last visited 9-9-2017)

 

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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.

Re-working assignment 2

Re-working assignment 2 with special attention to:

  • My concept: wide, open and emptiness.
  • position horizon and the effect on the picture. I had the tutor’s question in mind: do I shoot clouds with landscape or landscape with clouds?
  • Including foreground interest or not, basically an adaption of earlier thoughts of ‘no specific point of focus’
  • All compositional elements should enhance the concept of the series.

I still want to do more shoots. For now I only include a comparison of some photos.

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)