Works shown at a final crit session in Baltic 39:
(followed by some feedback from group crit session)
Feedback notes to work on:
Truth to materials
Truth in materials
Image in the grain
‘Each material has its own individual qualities…Stone, for example, is hard and concentrated and should not be falsified to look like soft flesh…It should keep its hard tense stoniness.’ Henry Moore writing in Unit 1.
Can chipboard look like anything else even with expensive printing processes….
Working with John Rutherford of Fairley Forge to design and make new brackets to hold the scroll pieces….starting to think how things will actually look for exhibition. From trials to finished work.
Yesterday we welcomed a tented ‘Camera Obscura’ to school, partly as a late summer term experience and a way of linking digital photographic practice back to the origin of photography. Janet Ross from VARC – Visual Arts in rural Northumberland and Artist Helen Pailing assembled the tented structure in front of school and welcomed students into the dark space to view the light images created onto a white board projected by lens and mirror mounted at the apex of the teepee-like structure.
The experience for students was fantastic, the tent was small and intimate, dark and then suddenly illuminated by the almost magical image of their school. Conversations and questions were asked, concepts of focus and depth of field were illustrated, links were made with the science of optics and refraction,the history of photographic practice was discussed and the feelings of standing on the base of a camera in a dark room were expressed and valued. An excellent education experience.
I cannot yet reveal all that is in me
a half empty vessel pours and reveals only the bottom of the jug,
the inside of a broken heart for surgeons and healers
ascribing epithets and epigrams:
The Radical Navigator
closes minds or opens boxes,
plots the course or straps the helm
integrity, intelligence, helpfulness,
is the Steward’s tale.
is it right
that cow parsley nods to the wind
and follows the line of least resistance?
is it right
that the leader sprouting tall and strong
will cast deep shadows on the grassy shoots?
A visit to the Bristol Camera Obscura, with my nephew from Australia. Just like a visit to a darkroom for the first time, the effect of seeing an image emerge from darkness is wondrous. The experience is somehow even more mysterious when you think about the simplicity of the idea and the straightforwardness of the technology. The images taken on my iPhone capture images showing partly the distortion of the lens and perhaps exaggerated by the display on a slightly curved table (which may have been intended to reduce lens distortion. It is not a static image – you can rotate the lens to show different views and people move through the park, clouds scud across the sky and the light changes, it is almost as if the image flows from above and even the intervention of a hand will not prevent the cascade of light. The relationship of the viewer with the image is one of distance and implied power, we can watch their lives and maybe intervene? It is how the old movies used to show the Gods on Olympus looking into a reflective pool to decide on how to intervene in the lives of petty mortals.