Buildings, architecture and ‘home’

Photography has a long association with buildings and the built environment. Buildings remain still during a long exposure, in a way that people and wildlife don't, and are more convenient to find and set up an early camera in front of than a landscape. It is therefore no surprise that the world's earliest photograph, Niepce's... Continue Reading →

Road trips (and a reflection point)

The 'road trip' seems to be a staple of American popular culture, represented in literature by classics such as 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'On The Road', and on film by 'Easy Rider' and 'Thelma and Louise'. It has also been a theme in documentary photography. If there is a difference between a road-trip... Continue Reading →


'Spaces' and 'places' are, respectively, general and specific ways of referring to a location. 'Space' is a fairly amorphous term meaning the general area in which something happens, while a 'place' would pin it down more specifically, and usually with intent to be there (invoking the verb 'to place'). We refer to a 'sense of... Continue Reading →

Exercise 5.1 – Traces of (Still) Life

Create a set of still-life pictures showing traces of life without using people  I will deal with this brief in the best Blue Peter tradition, "Here's one I made earlier". For earlier postings in this blog, I have produced still-lifes in both of my categories, 'found' and 'constructed' which deal with traces of life in... Continue Reading →

Still Lifes

Still-life, as a genre in European art, appears to have medieval roots and came to prominence in Netherlandish paintings of the 16th and 17th century (Wikipedia). Its principal purpose appears to be an opportunity for the artist to hone and demonstrate his skills. To the client/patron it is an opportunity to display wealth, possessions or... Continue Reading →

Research point 1

Read Chapter 4 ‘Something and Nothing’ in Cotton, C. (2014) The Photograph as Contemporary Art (3rd edition) London: Thames & Hudson. To what extent do you think the strategy of using objects or environments as metaphor is a useful tool in photography? When might it fall down?  This book was on the required reading list... Continue Reading →

In absentia – three photographers

Sarah Pickering I encountered Sarah Pickering's 'Public Order' series during C&N and wrote a blog posting at that time (Bedford, 2017). On her website, Pickering describes herself as a 'visual artist who works with photography and whose work deals with themes of falsity and deception ... Central to her work is an intense and repeated... Continue Reading →

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