Degree Show website

•June 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

My degree show is on Friday. This is the website for it – made really easily using software called Rapidweaver (Mac only).  You can see some of my images that are on display and others that are not on my Flickr photostream.  Prints are available to purchase, just send me an email.

Brazilian tribespeople

•May 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The aerial photographs of Brazilian tribes-people released today are incredibly interesting for a number of reasons. They bring up questions about the best way to protect these people and let them maintain their way of life. The flight was undertaken by the Brazilian government to prove the existence of these tribes so they may hopefully be protected by illegal loggers in this remote part of the Amazon. When similar tribes have come into contact with the loggers they have very often been killed or die later of diseases, such as chicken pocks, that they have not developed immunity to. One cannot help wondering at the effect of this plane though. What will they make of it? Will they try to leave this area and come across the loggers because they are frightened of attacks from the air. They certainly perceive the plane as a threat judging by the images of them attempting to shoot it down with their longbows.

One thing is certain that in an age where most of the world has been photographed and put online for all to see, these photographs are truly unique, new and very exciting.

Let us just hope that this is the nearest we come to disturbing these people.

‘In order for ethnology to live, its object must die; by dying, the object takes its revenge for being “discovered” and with its death defies the science that want to grasp it.’ Baudrillard

More pictures can be found at Guardian.co.uk.

Lego Classics

•April 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Classic photographs recreated using Lego by Mike Stimpson. Found on the Guardian‘s usually excellent photography section.

Degree Show

•April 2, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I am now developing my ideas for my degree show into something I can get into. I began by wanting to do something to do with recreating nature: packaging, selling it, just at the moment we realise we are destroying it as a result of fervent and relentless capitalism. I wanted to capture this irony along with the futility and sadness of having to settle for a pale, sanitized version of the real thing as well as a longing for a lifestyle forgotten and distant to those, like me, who live in a big city. I began by looking at playgrounds, sculptures and commercial venues around London without fantastic results…

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I had always planned to include indoor climbing walls in this project. After I took some shots at my local climbing wall, The Castle, I realised I should just concentrate on climbing walls. They typify the comments I wanted to make about city dwellers relationship to the natural world. They also reflect our need to stay fit when we need to use our bodies less and less, to overcome adversity and to ‘move up in the world.’ The contrived nature of the grades suggests a necessity of knowing we are developing, moving, improving even in our leisure time.

On a more personal level I realised the physical challenges of climbing, the concentration needed to overcome them and sense of camaraderie that comes with being around people who share the same passion was what I was using to help me overcome a recent break-up. The cracks, the fear, the hardship I experienced climbing were little physical, manageable manifestations of what what is going on in my life. Even the short routes on the ‘boulders’ are called ‘problems.’

I decided to shoot with a wide angle, so the features of the wall can resemble real rock and some of the surroundings (such as the roof or lockers) are included to remind us of its ‘fakeness.’ The brightly coloured holds do this too, as well contrasting with the ominous shadows of the cracks which suited my mood. Here is one example, click it to see more on my Flickr page. I will be taking more like this soon. Any comments, thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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PicLens

•March 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Check it this fantastic way to view pictures on the Internet called PicLens. If like me you spend a lot of time browsing photos you should try this. It would also be a good thing to suggest to people to view your pictures. It works with loads of sites and applications, including: Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, DeviantART, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, UKclimbing AND Google and Flickr images.

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Mojo

•February 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Jeff Jarvis wrote in the Media Guardian last week about the new Nokia N82 phone that allows journalists to record events in sound, stills or video and post to the internet immediately. He argues that no journalist should be without such a device and that they will become as important as a pen and notebook used to be. Certainly very interesting and, now my Sony Ericsson K800i is dying, I think I will get one, or one like it. I like the fact that I could have such a versatile tool in my pocket all the time and I can access the internet via WiFi.

As some commentors on Jarvis’s Blog version of the Guardian story suggest, the immediacy of such devices does raise the question of the place of considered investigative journalism. I would suggest there must be a place for immediate snippets posted to the web by these so called mojos (mobile journalists) and more developed stories. To use the notebook metaphor the notes should be gathered together to create coherant stories in the same way a journalist would write a story in a newpaper, for example. It is interesting to see these raw ‘notes’ online but I want to see stories too that draw on all these raw materials. This is particularly so in an age of breaking 24 hour news and RSS newsflashes. We should be wary of letting technology dictate how we tell our stories.

Modern Life

•February 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Two adverts on the London Underground. One company offers to supply you with potential partners and, one stage further, next to it is a company offering artificial insemination- supplying children. Maybe the second one will put the first out of business!dsc00523.jpg