July 2017 - Animals. In this workshop I worked solely on one animal portrait - having unfortunately got lost on my way there and missing the warm up exercises at the start! I had brought a range of photos with me, and decided to work on a pastel drawing of a red panda from a … Continue reading Summer Pastels Workshops
I've really enjoyed these workshops, as they've been good fun! I've identified a few of my weaknesses that I would like to work more on, and rediscovered the fun and 'messiness' of pastels! Week 5: Figures Week 6: Portraits Week 7: Animals Workshop: Drawing flowers with unfavoured hand Things I have learned: I enjoy working … Continue reading Pastels for Pleasure (continued)
In April I saw a course called 'Pastels for Pleasure' advertised on Facebook. I initially brushed it to one side, but it kept popping up again... then my housemate helpfully sent me a link to a course that he saw pop up on his News Feed - the same course! Marketing on social media really … Continue reading Pastels for Pleasure
Another visit to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, this time with my sister and friend, to celebrate her birthday with a Meerkat Experience. This encounter involved getting up very close with a mob of meerkats in their enclosure - some even climbed on top of us! As I joined Alison for the experience, Jon took photos from … Continue reading Meerkat Encounter and Owls
Last month I started my second module with the Open College of Arts, this one being Drawing 1: Drawing Skills, which I am hoping will allow me to practice and develop a lot of the observation and drawing skills that I've allowed to get rusty over the last few year. Now working towards completing my … Continue reading Sketching for fun
On Saturday 21st January 2017 I visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, and had a look around one of their current exhibitions: Masters of Japanese Photography.
I have attached a PDF of the guide that is available on the SCVA’s website: masters-of-japanese-photography-2016-gallery-guide
I noted that the exhibition focussed on three photographers, all who started working properly after the Second World War had ended, and I made notes as I walked around each of the sections of the exhibit.
One of the most striking images of Araki’s on display was the cover image of the Gallery Guide (linked above), Colourscapes, 1991, which was a portrait style shot of a young woman eating watermelon. Following this, the first collection of his I looked at was of a series of flower images, all of which were very bold and colourful. Araki had mostly focussed on the flowers centres…
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I had a few opportunities to get out and about with my camera over the Christmas period, including another photographic wander with a local group, and a few photos of Winter Solstice, which have been included in a separate post.
Since recently upgrading my camera, I have looked more at learning how to get the best from my kit and learning some of the more technical specifications and functions that are involved in photography... As part of this I attended a 'Getting Started With Your DSLR' workshop at my local camera showroom. As someone who … Continue reading Back to Basics…getting to know my camera…
While doing some research for my course, I stumbled across various photographers pages and groups with 365-Day Photo Projects, each posting a photo a day online. I thought I would have a go at doing this myself as I find it hard to strike a balance between either taking far too many photos or struggling … Continue reading New Project – 365 Day Photo Challenge
In August I went to look at two exhibitions that were on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.
The exhibition of Paris consisted of a collection of 81 photographs taken between 1929 and 1985, and for me was a fascinating example of street photography. Having not previously seen so many examples of Cartier-Bresson’s work in one place, I enjoyed looking at the range of photographs of daily life around the city of Paris.
Cartier-Bresson’s development of the term ‘decisive moment’, and of ‘sketching’, is something that has influenced modern photography. The idea that the photographer has that split second to capture an image, such as movement or a significant moment in time, is something that is more attainable with modern technology, such as camera phones, or compact cameras.
A Line Through Time
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