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Reflection / Presentation Notes

Interdisciplinary Week Overview

Interdisciplinary week was a positive experience; it was both constructive and interesting. The people I worked with and along side, were lovely and fun to work with. I truly did enjoy working with people with such a varied skill set and background and felt I learned a great deal in just 3 days.

The project that followed, “…And” has however, not flowed as best as it could have, upon reflection. Usually having complete creative control is something that suits me, in my desire to explore art in its many forms, however the cohort and how it has been lead through this project has lacked direction and communication; although something I have found quite prominent throughout all projects.

Adapting to new environments and new people has been key to this project and having certain communication skills when working within groups. My biggest area for improvement lies within my confidence and talking within a group. By the time I had started to settle, the interdisciplinary week was drawing to a close.

This project has certainly highlighted my interest in other mediums and has made me question how to approach future work; to question and explore how I can push and challenge my own photography practice.

If I were to redo the project, I would have spent more time painting and drawing as it is what I love to do, away from photography.  Had I not have gravitated towards the group of people I worked with throughout interdisciplinary week, I’m unsure if I had have enjoyed the experience at all.

I do not feel I hindered anyone I worked along side with my work ethic; I believe I worked efficiently and fairly, contributing to our collective project. The team communicated very clearly and we actually had fun.

 


 

“…And”

The project that followed, “…And” has however, not flowed as best as it could have, upon reflection. Usually having complete creative control is something that suits me, in my desire to explore art in its many forms, however the cohort and how it has been lead through this project has lacked direction and communication; although something I have found quite prominent throughout all projects.

Inspired by my nan, having recently been diagnosed with dementia, I was somewhat fasinated by her versions of time and how everything seemed kind of distorted in her own little world. I wondered if this was something that I could pull into my own work, and it was something quite prominent at the time.

I began by using my 35mm camera; the two images I used, I took through the window of the patio doors in my parents house. In my photographs, I wanted abstraction but subtlety. They both include my nan within the pictures, just silhouetted. I have managed to capture within my images, 3 different scenes; my own physical reflection in the window and the surrounding features behind me, and scene from within the living room featuring my nan and my dad, and a scene through another window at the end of the room, looking out the front of the house.

I explore with collage, cutting up the photos to create a further abstraction and different fragments of time. Behind I have bits from random books to depict ageing and time.

The collage I produced however I did not feel was suitable or polished enough to exhibit, and was not entirely happy with my outcome. I opted for printing the images plainly; although I was happy with the images, I feel the narrative and my concept has been lost slightly.

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Hoch / Dadaism

Hannah Hoch was a German Dada artist, best known for being one of the originators of photomontage. Photomontage is a type of collage in which pasted items are actual photographs or reproductions, by cutting, gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more photographs together. Key themes throughout her work were androgyny, political discourse and shifting gender roles.

Dadaism was an artistic movement formed in 1919 in Zurich, Switzerland. The movement reject monarchy, militarism and conservatism. Dadaists felt that art should have no boundaries or restrictions and that it can be playful. The term ‘Dada’ has no meaning – it is a childlike word to describe the lack of reason or logic to the artwork. The main artists involved in the movement include George Grosz, John Heartfield and Raoul Hausmann.

Höch considered herself a part of the women’s movement in the 1920s, her pieces commonly combine male and female traits into one unified being.

 

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Shoot

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I am happy with this shoot, I feel I have a true mixture or images; landscapes, portraits, and some abstracted reflection. I did have some trouble as I am not used to taking images in bright sunlight, especially with a film camera, so I felt I considered my photo taking more so than normal, focusing on the light and composition. The top 3 images really depict so man different versions of time, and are really quite busy and abstract. Visually appealing and the colours work beautifully. CNV00020CNV00021cnv00023-1.jpg

I am really truly happy I captured this moment of my nan. The lighting is beautiful and the composition works well. I feel this image was well considered; composed and exposed in the way I envisioned.

Celine March Bank

British photographer Celine March-Bank is a quiet observer of the every day, keeping a photographic journal of her mothers terminal illness. Her work is rich in symbol and narrative; simply a documentation, an honest evocation of a terrible time.

Celine’s work is simple but beautiful and has gracefully captured something so terrible and uses the subjects within the photograph to illicit questions and pull out metaphors.

It is a series powered and dictated by emotion and truly asks for the viewers attention eliciting a reaction. The work is tasteful, thoughtful and well considered.

Having previously created my own visual diary/photobook documenting my own health problems, this work hugely relates and inspires me. Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 23.20.14Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 23.20.24Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 23.20.37Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 23.21.05

Emily Knecht

Emily Knecht; a photographer from Los Angles takes self portraits of herself crying. Emily’s series ‘Feelings’ first began as a way to cope to with upsetting moments in her life, she photographed herself crying for three years.

The photographs she took, were results of fights with her current boyfriend, feelings over her ex’s and her struggles with sobriety. All of the images were taken on a 35mm camera, so there was on instant review of the photographs.

Speaking about her work she commented on the difference between using film and digital for this project to work:

“If I had used a phone I’d be staring at my face and immediately be self conscious,” she explains. “It would no longer be a pure capturing of the moment. I use only point and shoot 35mm film cameras, I hold the camera with one hand and I click. I might not finish that roll for a week so it becomes a mystery.”

Despite this project being focused around herself and life, she is usually seen published in Vogue for her work.

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I appreciate the dedication this takes to make a project as long as she did and the fact she used 35mm as opposed to her phone, or a digital camera – I think this was a good decision as I feel it wouldn’t have the same effect or mood.

Medium format

These were the images I took when using the medium format. I am not experienced with medium format, nor do I  usually shoot in black and white. However, I am really happy with my outcomes.

The first two and composed and exposed perfectly and in the way that I wanted. Although the last one is over exposed, I still feel it is a strong photo, and I feel it works.

In all photos, I have achieved a good depth of field. This was a positive experience, learning how to work a medium format, shooting and developing the film.

 

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“…And” Proposal.

For this brief, I intend to explore through collage using my own photography and painting. A subject quite prominent in my life is time. Recently, my Nan has moved into my old room in my parents house, for full time care. Spending more time with her I have been fascinated by her versions of time… often fractured. They way she looks at things in a different light and in way that perhaps no one else would; sometimes border lining on a kind of distortion. Using my 35mm camera I intend to take abstract photographs and incorporate them into a collage to depict the randomness and distortion.

 

Interdisciplinary Week

For our brief for interdisciplinary week, we had to imagine what an Art College of the future could be in 2030 and what that means. Put into groups, we had to work together and conjure ideas. I was nervous, but I was more nervous about working in a team and not knowing what their work ethic was.

However, I met 4 lovely people, Jennie, Zsa, Jessie and Chelsea. Zsa and Jennie were mature students, which I found really refreshing; not only were they hardworking but kind.

We had to create a team name for this project; we decided to create an anagram of our initials. Thus how we came to the name ‘Caz & The JJ’s’.

Our Manifesto

INTENTIONS

We would hope to live, play, learn and work in a building which is of a quiet, non-polluting footprint. Treading lightly on the planet. We pledge to recycle and reuse to create and make. We also aim to be a hub of the Plymouth community,

imparting our knowledge and expertise to people of all ages and backgrounds, allowing the whole of Plymouth to be raised to the forefront of sustainable living.

 

OPINIONS

We believe it is our right and our duty to have a college that is moving towards carbon negativity and sustainability but also be able to provide an inspirational and peaceful space to nurture and encourage future creative practitioners.

 

VISION

We intend to be world class, combining current and futuristic technology with ethical values to create a state of the art example of a sustainable college. Our energy will be student-led and generated, with vertical gardens, wind turbines, solar heating and a centralised recycling centre to enable the college community to utilise resources in a unique and revolutionary recycling scheme.  Our doors will be open to the Plymouth community through workshops and exhibitions. Our students wellbeing continues to be our priority and our innovative facilities allow them to flourish and grow into creative practitioners that will take them into the future.

 


Possible Programmes

  • Underwater Photography Course
  • Food health and sustainability which stays in the college farm to learn about growing food.
  • Sustainable Arts.  All products made on the course.  Making charcoal. Own pigments. Own paper.  Building Canvas and screen, from ethical sources.  Modules in making paper from scrap. Research modules of energy used in cut and how to minimise it.  Seeking alternatives for colour use. Historical module. How they used pigments in other times.
  • Using our state of the art solar panelled roof top pool with totally environmentally friendly swimming pond.  (www.theswimmingpondcompany.co.uk) plant & organism we have designed a programme that incorporates basic technical knowledge with the teaching of PADI qualifications, studios and use of our dive tank.
  • Therapeutic Farm/Painting School/Beginners Workshops
  • Knitting/crochet
  • Weaving
  • Dance
  • Creative Cookery
  • Art History/Practical
  • Underwater Photography
  • BSc Interdisciplinary courses with P.U.
  • Music
  • Sustainable Arts
  • Art History (practical and sustainable)

CAZ & The JJ’s

Underwater Photography Notes – Amy
The course/workshop content, would entail learning about;

  • The correct equipment that works for you
  • The method in how to shoot images
  • Basic principles of good composition of underwater photography
  • Practical techniques

Underwater photography can be categorized as an art form and a method for recording data. It offers rare photographic opportunities; taking images of fish, seaweed and other underwater plant life, as well as creating underwater landscapes and scenes, and portraits of other peers.

It is usually done while scuba diving, alternatively working on the surface of the water by snorkeling or swimming could is possible. Scuba diving would require specialised instructors.

https://www.padi.com/padi-courses/digital-underwater-photographer


PCA RECYCLING CENTRE

Shoots from every workshop will lead down to a central, self sorting and organised recycling centre. The waste currently produced by Art Schools around the globe is unsustainable, with materials not being used to their full potential. What we will provide is a free resources centre where offcuts and scraps of metal, glass, wood, paper, plastic and much more will be transported from the workshops to the recycling centre effortlessly and can then be utilised by other students.


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This is our final outcome at the end of the 3 days and what we exhibited. Together we constructed a prototype of how we imagined the art college could be.

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Jessie, and our notes.

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I constructed a mood board to further aid peoples imagination and idea.