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mimi cherono ng ́ok

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‘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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Exercise 4.2

Daylight

The pictures are shot over two executive days with similar variable weather: overcast, rain & sun.

Even when corrected for colour temperature, the light still has a colouring effect.

The colour temperature kept changing throughout the day

 

A selection of pictures uncorrected for colour temperature

The same pictures corrected for colour temperature

Quality of light

Even under overcast conditions midday light is more harsh

Early morning light is soft

The shadow spot grows throughout the day and changes (although slightly) from direction

Exercise 4.3

artificial light

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Difference in quality of light from daylight

The small artificial lights make for a hard light. This can, for example, be seen in the distinct hard-lined shadows of the wooden benches in the first picture.

Hard shadow lines, no transition area.

The difficulty with shooting different artificial light sources lies not only in the colour temperature, but also in keeping highlights from blowing out and the effect on composition.

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Activities done

day 337 9 October 2017

  • Prepare various posts
  • Re-read Barthes Camera Lucida

day 338 10 October 2017

  • Prepare various posts
  • Read EOS magazine
  • Re-read Barthes Camera Lucida
  • Read Wabi-Sabi for artists, designers, poets & philosophers

day 339 11 October 2017

  • Read Wabi-Sabi for artists, designers, poets & philosophers

day 340 12 October 2017

  • Prepare various posts
  • Read EOS magazine
  • Re-Read course part 4
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer
  • Project long distance hiking

day 341 13 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read EOS magazine
  • Re-Read course part 4
  • Preparation exercises part 4

day 342 14 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 343 15 October 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 344 16 October 2017

  • Read EOS magazine
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 345 17 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 346 18 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 347 19 October 2017

  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 348 20 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 349 21 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 350 22 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 351 23 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read magazine Digital Photographer

day 352 24 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 353 25 October 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 354 26 October 2017

  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

day 355 27 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 356 28 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking

day 357 29 October 2017

  • Project long distance hiking
  • Read magazine British Journal of Photography

Reflection

I’ve been thinking a lot about the positive aspects of solitude. This in relation to my project ‘long-distance-hiking’.

I’m getting more and more out of looking at long term projects of others, even if I don’t like the pictures. The commitment and thoughts of the concerning photographers inspire me.

On a more personal note: More questions than answers

When i started traveling I came to life, but the experience killed me. All I knew turned out to be insufficient. All I know is doubt. Joy isn’t careless, astonishment awakes annoyance, reconciliations in nothingness overtake pleasures. No vessels burned behind me, no desire to return. Pursuing simple life doesn’t make life simple. It becomes a choice between switching on and off. A choice between being aware and burn or float in the unfulfilling stream of the unaware.

If you think my world view is pessimistic, you’re lucky as apparently you’re not on fire.

What I get out of life?, what i want out of life?, the value of life?, the behoof of life?

I can see the bigger picture, put things in perspective, rationalise, and occasionally play things down and still i get angry. Why?

Exercise 4.5

Doing a google image search for a sunrise I can identify 5 different sunrise picture categories:

  1. sphere
  2. coloured light reflected in clouds
  3. star
  4. blown out
  5. mist

screengrap sunrise

The most deviating picture is the sunrise coming through the bowed fingers, but this is for me even a bigger cliche picture then I already find sunrises. It’s impossible to open up a popular photography magazine without seeing, the yellow, red and purple colours of sunrise or sunset.

All below pictures are part of a larger project called ‘the hike’. I started the end of July with hiking in weekends and I’ll stop when the trail leaves the Benelux after 900km. Hopefully I can later pick up the project again when I can take a longer holiday. The trail ends in Nice.

I’m trying to be spontaneous and playful in composing. I make sphere impressions while hiking long distance stages. On average I hiked 60km almost each weekend from absolutely flat in the Netherlands to mountainous in the Ardennes and Luxembourg. Perseverance and Solitude are other keywords for this project. The emotions and atmosphere I try to use as base for the whole project.

The first couple of pictures are the most ‘standard’. Nevertheless, to my opinion they appeal very much. My analysis is that the sunrise together with other elements in the pictures give an emotional load to these pictures. The creativity lies in the fact that the sunrise is subject matter, but not the subject. In the 2nd series of pictures below and ultimately in the final selection that becomes more evident.

sunrise is not the main subject, but adds to the emotional load of the picture

Final selection

Juxtaposing the dark mood of a cemetery with the bright colours of sunrise

Hiking the GR5 trail in the Benelux

Exercise 4.1

Exposure

excercise EyV 4.1 histogram

What I saw

The white paper is the most clean example of the exercise

The grey card wasn’t frame filling (see the spike on the left of the histogram) and the grey was a little lighter then midtone.

The black file had a bit of dark grey in it.

Camera settings

For the white paper the settings on automatic mode where f2.8 1/100s ISO100, I changed in manual mode the shutter speed to 1/20s to get the correct white. I added more than 2 stops of light.

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)