I have such respect for this man, he is one of my heroes. I had the absolute honor of meeting him last year when he did a talk at the Photographers Gallery. I didn’t know what to say to him. What do you say to someone who has seen the things he’s seen?
I know a few people that tell me how much they want to go and photograph wars without really thinking through. They rally need to listen to Don McCullin talk about his work and the things he’s seen.
On Friday i went to the Free Range exhibition on Brick Lane in London. This is an exhibition that show cases the degree shows of several universities. This week and next week is photography (there are several different universities each week). Next year will be my final year and so it was great to see some of the work of students. In particular, the way some of the work was presented was extremely clever and gave me great inspiration to think about ways that I could present my own work to make it more interesting, rather than just hanging it flat on the wall.
These are some that I found particularly interesting.
This one, by Jack Hirons, was incredible. His project was looking at the value of film. He projected a film on to the wall in a continuous loop, taken on 16mm film, showing silver being melted down to make the film and then being retrieved from the film and being made back in to a silver bar. He made the film prominent by rigging it from the floor to the ceiling on small pulleys. It looked amazing.
This one is by Denis Bettio. I love the simplicity of the is presentation. He made this series when he was quitting smoking, by taking a photograph every time he had a craving instead of smoking a cigarette. He presented the picture mounted on small mounts the same size a cigarette packets.
For this piece Cal Byrne used no negatives or digital process but a complex method of dodging and burning to create the colourful squares that make up the image. It took him 114 hours to make the squares and then he had to build the image. The time and patience that must have gone into this piece is unimaginable.
Simon Tibbitts documented the early morning fish markets so presented his work like this.
This one was must have been very complicated. Alice Holmes printed family portraits on the leaves.
Toni Gardner photographed endangered species of plants and used sticks and twigs for the frames.
These are photographs by Tram P Nguyen. The photographer made a photobook but also chose to display big material prints of their work. Some of the images were quite hard hitting and i like the juxtaposition as the prints look very graceful.
These were all very inspirational and they show that you don’t have to just put work up straight on the wall. Finding creative, interesting and thought provoking ways of presenting work differently but in a way that relates to the work can really make it stand out.
The Free Range exhibition is about to enter it’s second photographs week, and following that will have two weeks of art design and then a week of interiors and architecture.
If you’re in London or can get there over the next few weeks I’d highly recommend seeing one the exhibition. I certainly will be trying to get up there next week for the second week of photography.
I’ve given my blog a revamp. It’s much more simplistic than the old one which I like. There’s now links for different sections of my blog. So there’s a link if you just want to look at my work, a link to follow what I’ve been getting up to and one where I talk about my visual inspirations. Hopefully I’ll be adding much more to this one.
There is also now a link to my website and all my social media stuff (Facebook and Twitter and what not). I hope you like the new look.