Thursday, 29 October 2009

Tate to Tate

Went for a meeting at Tate Britain today, and then did the boat trip from Britain to Modern! We went into Miroslaw Balka's "How it is". It was full of noisy kids jumping around and banging on the back wall. Also of folks taking flash photos of inside (WTF??)!! Still, I saw this shot and grabbed it. This image is two pics, blended (natch). Bottom line is that I'd love to have been there in silence - maybe with a few like-minded friends, I reckon it would be pretty intense.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

A little restraint....

I am attempting to use a restrained palette at the moment! My urges are usually to slip a seriously dirty cerise in amongst the mix like this. Truth be told, I did, but thought better of it, after a little consideration. Am feeling in need of making more work with my hands, and am packing eroded driftwood, stones and glue. Whether or not it'll come to fruition, I am determined to feel materials in my hands. However, Photoshop and a scanner are just too much fun to will do both.

Hands on

Today, Simon and myself made a start on constructing a rotating platform, to shoot a diorama on. how great it felt to be using my hands again, cutting stuff out and gluing it together, with real accuracy and care. We mustn't lose touch with our fingers (arf!) they'll turn into flippers if we ain't careful, and when did you ever see a penguin make a model of the Chrysler building, using only match sticks, paper doilies and dog-shit?

Saturday, 24 October 2009

ISAN. First Date - Jumble Sale

Ah yes, moving image, almost forgot about it....

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Back to colouring in!

After a couple of great workshops with 2nd years and Foundation, back to practicing what I preach! I find myself constantly amazed by the rich pickings to be found on a pretty much run-of-the-mill walk with my dogs. Although much of this is brought back in photographic form, I am still to be found walking along, clutching a delicate frond of grass seed-heads, or a particularly grungy, but patinated leaf - I do get some odd looks sometimes!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Grindavik Geo-thermal Power Station

Okay, I know this might seem a bit "random", to quote current popular parlance but, Its what floated my boat this morning. I have a large number of pictures from my last Iceland trip, that have not been given an airing, and this one resonated with me, so I have worked on it a little.
I just loved the way that the structures appear through the clouds of steam, which fits in nicely with the Icelander's predilection for mythical beings. Many of them believe that the earth and rocks are living entities, and who can argue with that when faced with sights like this?

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Words, just bloody words....

Sitting here mourning at least 3 images that never got made this week. The buggers have been floating around in my head for the past few days, but the nature of things, being what they are, circumstances stole them. Bastards, utter thieving bastards. It gets a bit like a drug in the end this art malarky, as much a necessity as a pleasure. Hope I am able to pass this to my students. It never ceases to give me immense pleasure being around when this kicks in!