Professional Practice Diary: Frederick Bird week 6

This week (Friday 28th of February) we had a new set of children start the photography children’s university group. Again we looked at past students work and discussed with the children what they did and didn’t like. This lead to much excitement about what was to come that day and coming weeks.

The children were all new to photography, however I could use the skills I had gained from the other class to engage the new students. All the children seemed to enjoy the new skills they were learning and were thoroughly excited about the up and coming weeks.

After the session we discussed the idea of having a few days with the years 5 students. Running workshops on the diversity of the school. Kat and I had brainstormed some ideas for possible workshops we could run. These included “Take a portrait of your friend”, “Bring in a cultural object from home for a still life”, and possible workshops based on famous quotes about race.


Picbod Digital Work development

Picbod Final Digital Work

Take a look at the research and development of my Picbod work to see how this idea originally developed:  picbod Link  (click here)

I have decide that I want to show my Digital piece as a GIF as I want to immerse the viewer with a repeating image/video. I am also going to look into how I could immerse my viewer further into the senses with soundscapes.

Bill Viola inspiration…

GIF of Viola’s work:

The Crossing by Bill Viola, 1996 Video/sound installation

The Crossing by Bill Viola, 1996
Video/sound installation

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”:

“Psycho” is a world wide famous, 1960, American horror directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Watching this scene back over surprised me how sensual and sexual the shower scene really was for the 1960’s cinema. The viewer can immerse themselves in this clip, as the senses are illustrated clearly. Perhaps I will use similar effects for my Digital work; using soundscapes.

Trail Gif to see how to make and upload to a blog post…

Gif with sound research:

This is a great collection of GIF’s with music to start me on my research…

This drew my eye as the GIF creates a new style to the video, without it the cat wouldn’t jump in the motion it doe sin the GIF making it suit the music thats playing. The abnormal way to showing the cat makes this work.

This video shows an action being repeated but the sound that goes on for longer. I think this makes the video successful, as the repeated GIF goes with the beat in the music and the lyrics.

Touch GIF created:
GIF using Video:


YouTube with sound and GIF has a format limitation that won’t allow sound.

Final GIF…


Use of photoshop:

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 19.05.27

Possible step forward:



click to see with sound experience


click to see with sound experience

Digital Future – Future Semantic



We have looked at immersive environements, networking etc

Now what about the future of the internet.

What will happen to our identity, our work life, and our lives in general.

Our lives will be dictated by this!

Immersive technology is now being used in retail, as a selling tool. Retail is becoming more savvy to sell us things, immersive media.



IBM business partners recently predicted that next generation stores will be:

“Sense and respond environments that morph themselves to meet the temporal demands of customers’ immediate shopping objectives.”

Retailers  integrated digital media technologies:

  • radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • kiosks (loyal customers, shop database has information on you, can serve you the things the shop thinks you will like)
  • Already Holograms in use, Birmingham Airport
  • electronic shelf labels 
  • biometrics
  • shopping cart companions

-Minority Report (film) might not be the stuff of science fiction soon

-age of ubiquitous computing.

  • Iris scanning, loads of buildings in the world entered with an iris scan
  • Prediction (Minority report)

“Wired magazine says that despite 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being created worldwide EVERY SINGLE DAY, the main issue that advertisers and agencies face is targeting the data to people who would realistically buy their products.” (

Advertisers want targeted people. As a photographer I may take advantage of this technology in future, rather than just being at its whim.

Google glass

Applications like this: the role of a photographer, videographer etc, anybody can see the world from our point of view. The media producers role…How do we compete with this. This is the question for our art form. Why use a photographer at a wedding…? When everyone could just watch the wedding through google glass, and edit the footage themselves. What we hope is that there will always be a space for talented aesthetic people. 

“Ubiquitous computing is a post-desktop model of human-computer interaction in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. As opposed to the desktop paradigm, in which a single user consciously engages a single device for a specialized purpose, someone “using” ubiquitous computing engages many computational devices and systems simultaneously, in the course of ordinary activities, and may not necessarily even be aware that they are doing so.”

Mark Weiser 


-semantic means: the web can understand us, it can assess what we want.

We take it for granted that we have free access. People expect that they should have free access to the aesthetic as well.


This is the most reliable machine that humans have ever made. The internet itself has never gone down.

  • “120 billion clicks per day.
  • 65 trillion links between all the Web pages of the world.
  • 2.5 million emails per second
  • 170 quadrillion transistors
  • 246 exabyte storage.
  • 10 terabytes per second total traffic (the Library of Congress is about twenty terabytes. So every second, half the Library of Congress is swooshing around the world)
  • It uses five percent of the global electricity on the planet.”
  • (

The analogy of the brain and Internet…

  • “55 trillion links – almost the same as the number of synapses in a brain.
  • A quadrillion transistors – almost the same as the number of neurons.” (


“By the year 2040, the total processing power of this machine will exceed the total processing power of humanity.” 


Where will this all lead?

There is alot of paranoia about semantic technology…

Watch from 3.39- 8.30

Filter Bubble

Enthusiasts say:

“There’s only one machine, and the Web is its OS. All screens look into the One. No bits will live outside the Web. To share is to gain. Let the One read it. It’s going to be machine-readable. You want to make something that the machine can read. And the One is us. We are in the One. –  Kevin Kelly, Wired, exec editor.”

Student Project (israeli University)


A vision very slightly into the future

  • The voices used reminds me of the calm voices used in the film the “The Island”.
  • This in itself scares me, as they control their world, even though its a different idea, perhaps we will be controlled in a similar way…
  • If this happens, will we think freely anymore?
  • Looks quite innocent at the moment, gaming etc, however is it actually quite sinister?


Information from 252MC lecture and

Roles for Frederick Bird school professional practice

A list of duties:
“1. Maintain and  charge the school cameras ready for each lesson;
2. Prepare teaching materials , eg Powerpoints, for lessons;
3. Initiate ideas for future activities for students;
4. Work with small groups of students to support them in using the cameras effectively and taking quality photographs;
5. Discuss student’s work highlighting it’s qualities and areas of improvement;
6. Support the school and students in preparing for an exhibition to highlight the school’s vibrant and diverse community;
7. Inspire students by speaking to them about studying for a degree at university.”


The Power of the Network

Networks, computer, social and otherwise

We are all part of a network…







-belief systems



-All part of a network, even if we keep ourslves to our selves.

-Roads, trains


-Networks are how we learn

-Brain, synapsis and networks and links in our brain

-Similar to the Google algorithm

Here are some networks . . .(click on networks)

There are so many similarities between nature and digital data networks

We are reflections of the universe, and the internet is a reflection of us and the universe.

“Life and mind have a common abstract pattern or set of basic organizational properties. The functional properties characteristic of mind are an enriched version of the functional properties that are fundamental to life in general. Mind is literally life-like.”
Godfrey-Smith, P. (1996). Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

“Mind is literally life-like. The Universe and Life are literally mind-like. “
Peter Winiwarter (2008). Network Nature.


maps are one of the first data. They tell a story. Facebook network map is particularly interesting; no china on this map (not allowed facebook there)

-First network theory Ludwig von Bertalanffy, started around 1940.

General Systems Theory

-Mapping hard sciences, social sciences, humanities, technology and art.

His descriptive notions:

  • System (How it works)
  • Network (Structure)
  • Metabolism (Evolution/ organic nature)
  • Openness/closure (Can be impinged on from the outside)

radical constructivist “scientific knowledge is constructed by scientists and not discovered from the world”


chaos theory “the butterfly effect – small differences in initial stimuli can have global effects” (

– cybernetics “the study of systems that have ‘goals’ and achieve them through feedback”



-random networks (less common and less stable, don’t last, temporary)

-scale-free networks (most pervasive, strong and robust. Brain, universe, internet are examples of this)


Scale-free networks:

-power law distribution

-clustering coefficient distribution

The hubs (black dots) allow links; created in a hierarchy


Video: TED talk by Henry Markram – started the Blue Brain Project

An attempt to map the human brain

-We create a bubble that mirrors the universe

-We make decisions on how we perceive

This is a scale free network:


-Interconnected hubs

-Some have few connections

-Scale-free networks are pervasive in biology

Computer simulations: University of Chicago

Digital Media:



-Using these networks

McLuhan’s concept of media

-He predicted this network connectivity before the internet in the 1960s.

-“the medium is the message”, Distributing information (for example a photograph, the TV, the radio)

The format itself is the most important thing, the fact that this thing can be represented in this way. Society responds the these changes rather than the content itself (for example analog to digital photography). Why do we want to document our world? Its the advance in technology thats important. Philosophy of photography is more important than any photograph I could take. The medium is more important, and the medium is more important. Same with the internet, we use it for information, yet the network itself tells a story.

“What good is blood without an arterial system? What good is art or photography in the digital age without a network to distribute it? And however much you want to disassociate ourselves from these networks (because they feel constructed/unimportant/superficial) we can’t.” (

Six Degrees of Separation – the small world theory

-Network Theory

-You are only ever six times removed in association with any other person on the planet

-you will know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone etc, who knows David Cameron.


-This is where it is moving towards

-Trying to make the internet more like our brains

-Everything is made out of the same stuff

-Artificial intelligence in our own image

-A creature with a billion eyes (works in the same ways as our brains work)

Olga Goriunova says that feedback is not interaction, computation is not cognition; data is not knowledge, storage is not memory.

  • telecommunication switches are not social networks
  • cybernetic mapping is not the cultural territory.

But do we agree?

Is this the digital reflection of the organic…

Interesting links:

Information gained from 205MC lecture (

Picbod Final Piece for Exhibition development

“Picturing the Body Assignment:

Alongside the weekly sketchbook tasks, you should produce a single, lens based exhibition-ready ‘photographic piece’.

Themes contemplated within the lecture series should be addressed within your work, and the same rigour applied to the final product.* In this regard it should be a finely crafted exhibition submission, with great care being paid to its artisanal qualities.

A “Piece” may be interpreted as a single frame, or in it’s broader sense as a collection of images (still or moving) that form a coherent narrative. It should be primarily lens based, though you should not be fettered by traditional interpretations of photographic practice and instead should look to challenge them.

The submission must exist both as a singularly unique and finely crafted physical object, as well as being infinitely replicable and readily communicable in a digital form. The student should explore and develop aspects of their final piece that exploit the full gamut of opportunities available in both the physical and virtual environments.**

In short, you are to submit to an exhibition entitled “Picturing the Body”. This exhibition will be both physical and virtual – your work should inhabit and challenge the viewer’s experience in both environments.

* ‘Why’ is more important than ‘How’ – especially when considering the effects of your work on the viewer (you can seduce them with artifice, but why? What was your motive?)

** In other words – don’t make a picture, and then just stick a virtual version on a web gallery. “

I want to start by looking at my strongest tasks from lectures to see if I would like to expand on any of these themes…

I received positive feedback for the “Nude vs Naked Task…

Here are a few of the comments…

Successful image was discussed to be the one of myself, as the double exposure is less awkward and has something more to it compared to the couple photograph

  • Perhaps the couple photograph wasn’t as confident as it was intended
  • I thought about working on this and expanding it for exhibition as I am proud of the self nude image
  • The multiple exposures give the image depth and engages the viewer, the viewer wants to read into it and ask why…
  • Technique needs a little bit of work, but not a alot
  • Washed out image looks great, however maybe a little more skin tone, and dull down the boldness of the hair
  • Could experiment with other people as well, in the same style

For ” The Tribe” task I also received positive feedback for my images…

Here are a few of the comments and thoughts that I felt I could build upon for my final idea…

  • Stronger image… Shower. The shower has more of a voyeuristic approach.
  • Extending the images… suggested a tighter crop, (shower) seeing less, becomes more abstract. Maybe we don’t need to see the shower itself.
  • If I was to expand these into a series, contemplating extending the shower idea. Asking people if I could come into their private space. If the relationship isn’t there and to compare the difference. If I was to make people more comfortable I could create images almost like paintings. A less confrontational approach like Dagmar Keller’s imagery (“Passengers”), using the abstract painterly effects.

by Dagmar Keller

by Dagmar Keller (click to see link)

I am drawn to Dagmar Keller’s and Martin Wittwer’s “Passengers”, the painterly feel is enchanting.

‘“Passengers” is the result of an observation Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer made at night at a bus station while travelling through Poland.
For a moment, the passengers on an old bus, obscured behind stained, ice-covered windows, in the pale light of the bus station had the appearance of figures in a painting. Travellers, fallen out of time. Tired, lost in thought, their faces drawn by sadness or lit up with joy – so close and yet distanced behind the glass. Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer have preserved those quiet, fleeting moments in their series “Passengers”.’
(Spector Books, autumn program 2013)


“Passengers was published by Spector Books in 2013, and is available at selected book stores, e.g. Motto Berlin. Aspecial edition of 10 copies with 2 Pigment Inkjet Prints is availabe at Spector Books.” (

Passenger was on display at the lookout Gallery in Warsaw (Adam Mazur), it was on display until Dec 21st, 2013.

This has inspired me through style. I hope that my images will also have a painterly feel to them. The frost on the glass is particularly enchanting; the patterns add to the striking images. Maybe I could look into water pattern on the glass of the shower screen.

Further Research:

Bill Viola:

Bill Viola is internationally renowned for his outstanding video and sound installations. The use of video and sound immerses the viewer into the environment that Bill Viola has created.

The Crossing by Bill Viola, 1996 Video/sound installation

The Crossing by Bill Viola, 1996
Video/sound installation

This GIF has inspired me to look into creating a GIF for my digital response.

Jenny Saville:


by Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville’s work looks at the impact and weight of the skin. She presses her body against glass and then paint from the photographs taken. This has inspired my idea of touch and pressure on objects. Perhaps I could show the human form pushed against the shower screen as you rest against the glass. The tones of her paintings are beautiful, the yellow and green/blue tones complement each other. I shall look back at Saville’s work when I am editing and choosing my final images, perhaps I can use the idea of tones to bring my images together in a set.

On Danielle Noble’s Blog there is a “Poleroid Book” mentioned with similar images to Jenny Saville, which I found interesting.

These images show people lying on glass which is similar to Jenny Saville’s work. I found these interesting as they show more of a narrative. Saville’s work is about shape and form of the human body, whereas these images have multiple people and props. For example the first image below shows a couple with what could be a bed sheet. The next image shows a female with what could be a dancing skirt. I am drawn to them as the viewer can read into them and create a story in their head.


inspiration form poloroid


inspiration from poloroid


Arjan Benning:

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(by Arjan Benning)

I  came across Arjan Benning’s work and was captured by his strange idea of using skin to create a font, called “Huidletters”. This work looks at recreating / reshaping the skin using pegs on the skin. This skin manipulation was a new way of looking at touch. Perhaps I could look at forceful touch, the idea of people grasping and clamping their skin in their hands.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”:

“Psycho” is a world wide famous, 1960, American horror directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Watching this scene back over surprised me how sensual and sexual the shower scene really was for the 1960’s cinema. The viewer can immerse themselves in this clip, as the senses are illustrated clearly. Perhaps I will use similar effects for my work, soundscapes… or focusing on the touch of water on naked skin. The use of the Shower curtain and shadow lead me on to look at camera-less photography…

Jennifer Parks cameraless photography


by Jennifer Parks

Camera-less photography; this concept/idea has always inspired me. The shadow formed by the human form creates a wonderful shape by blocking the light to the paper. This displays shape and form of the human body in a beautiful and unique way. Giving an idea of the naked body (shape and form) however not fully showing it. Same idea as I have, just in a different style, I also want to show shape and form of the naked body, however masking it slightly from view.

Floris Neususs:

Floris Neususs also uses cameraless photography…


by Floris Neususs


by Floris Neususs

This work is similar as it uses the same effect to create it, however, here the artist has captured more depth compared to Jennifer Parks. Touch is important in my work as well, this is why I was drawn to looking at camera-less photography as it is the physical touch that blocks the light from the light sensitive paper. I want to explore the push of the glass against skin and how this contact effects the body and therefore the image I take.

Alyssa Monks- Photo Realism

(by Alyssa Monks)

Above is a selection of Alyssa Monk’s work. The images illustrate the water flowing over the shape of the body, however, also abstracting it, the water marks on the glass, the mist, all hiding the body from clear sight. I wish to use this idea in my own work, to wipe away some of the water marks and mist to reveal parts of the body or face. Important features to focus on will be the glass, steam, water, and flesh.

Michael Wolf:

(by Michael Wolf)

Michael Wolf looks at the weight and pressure of our skin forced against the glass of windows whilst on public transport. I think this work shares similarities to Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer’s “Passengers” project. The identity of the subject in these works are not the first thing that the viewer looks at. The viewer first looks at the environment of the subject, in “Passengers” this is the screen that is misted and frosted over, and in Michael Wolf’s work it is the touch and pressure of the body parts of the subjects against the glass windows. This has inspired me as I want to look at the watermarks, mist and touch of the subject on the shower screen. When I shoot my photographs I shall keep these works in mind, using the style to inspire mine.

Richard Cummings:

Motion nudes…


by Richard Cumming


by Richard Cumming

Having looked at these for another task they have inspired the idea of abstract and covering the naked body, whilst still revealing its form. I shall keep this in mind whilst concealing the body behind mist and watermarks on the shower screen, I shall also concentrate on how I can reveal its form.

Water shadow:

This shadow reminds me of cameraless photography, which is why it caught my eye. The shape and form is shown clearly in the water, as well as its shadow forms; abstract and beautiful underneath.


inspirational image: Water Shadow

This work focuses of many themes that I am also inspired by…water…abstract…shape…and form.


inspirational image

Looking through other picboder’s work I came across one of the other years work that was a self portrait…

I saw similarities to my work, so decided to show this. The watermarks on the shower cover the subject with a screen of droplets patterns; the subject can be seen, yet is still being concealed from sight in some way.


by Milissa Stapleton

How will my weekly tasks help with my final idea/shoot:

  • Week 1 – Self-Portrait:
    • I now understand how it feels to be infront of the camera myself. This means that I can understand how my subjects may feel, and be able to relax them.
  • Week 2 – The Tribe
    • The Tribe task allowed us to photograph people we were already intimate with, this gave me confidence as they were relaxed around me and I was relaxed around them. I can work on this feeling when photographing others now, and relax them, and keep calm and relaxed myself.
    • Strong Task response
  • Week 3 – Nude vs Naked
    • Nude vs Naked also had a strong task response, I could perhaps use the idea of the abstract. This idea may also calm my models if I explain that the images will be unidentifiable and abstract. I shall talk to my subjects and be calm myself which will hopefully calm and distract them from the camera.
  • Week 4 – Negotiation
    • For the negotiation we really had to break the idea of feeling awkward of shy. If I am to be photographing people whilst they feel vulnerable I shall have to use my skills from this task to talk to them, explain, and relax them. I shall show my model images as we go along so that they trust me and understand my objectives.
  • Week 5 – Empowerment
    • I shall talk to my models as we go and ask them if their is anyway that they wish to be photographed
    • If they have any area of their body they are particulary proud of and want to show off
    • I shall also ask if there is anything that they wish me not to photograph and don’t feel comfortable with
    • Comfort and Trust is important
  • If I am calm then so will my model, I shall talk to them and distract them. I shall show them images that will relax them and make them trust me as they realise my objectives.

Equipment list before shooting begins…

  • Equipment list before shooting begins…
  • Camera for shooting
  • Camera for video
  • Tripod for Video Camera
  • Edirol for sound recording
  • Laptop with past Tasks on to show models, so that they understand my intentions

I hope to use both DSLR cameras, Canon 5DII for video, and Film camera Mamiya

I have planned a few shoot days so that I know when I am shooting and don’t run out of time.

I have organised a few models so that I have a variety of people.

First Shoot…

  • Looking over my “Tribe Task” images I decided to take this idea further. I wanted to explore the idea of touch, inspired by Jenny Saville and Michael Wolf. Here I have taken photographs of the subject washing themselves (involves touch), and the touch of the body against the shower screen. I feel the images are strong and I will develop the idea of touch and senses further in following shoots.
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Second shoot for my final piece:

I did this on the Mamiya 7… Having loaded my colour film I was disappointed with the focal length as I couldn’t get close to my subject like I wanted to. I should have realised this before hand and booked out the Mamiya RB, however, having shot my film on this camera I was disappointed with the images that I expected to have taken (due to not being able to get very close to my subject). As the film I was using was out of date and an experiment anyway I decided not to waste my money on developing it. I feel that this was a useful lesson to learn and to always remember to use a camera that is relevant for the job in hand.

Chosen Image from shoot:


by Jenny Stonely

This image shows the touch of my subjects against the shower screen, this is similar to Michael Wolf’s work on public transport. I also feel that Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer’s “Passengers” project shares similarities. I kept these works in mind as I shot my photographs, this has allowed me to use similar touch positions that are strong photographically. The natural lighting I used from the window is used for a similar to the effect of lighting used in “Passengers”, I have used the lighting to highlight the watermarks, as did Keller and Wittwer in “Passengers”. Although I have used a different light source; “Passengers uses street lights, and I am using natural light, I feel that the overall effect is similar. In the following photo-shoots I have planned I have decided to shoot water droplets on sections of my subjects body, to show how the water collects and flows over the human from.

More shoots for my final piece:

I was inspired by Alyssa Monk’s photorealism paintings, to wipe away the fog on the glass to show part of my subject. I felt this was linked to my work as it links to touch/senses. I feel the portraits where the subject has wiped the mist away are strong images, but perhaps they don’t link with my senses on the shape and form theme…

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I have a wide choice of images now and feel that I have reached a point where I can start collecting sets together that work well.

Start of selection of final images: pdf (click here)

Thoughts about output…

-Book project?, Print?

-Exhibition Viewing, a book could get lost within the rest of the exhibition, print of sort will suit

-Large or small? not massively huge as exhibition limited to size per person

Below is an image that shows a possible way to frame many photographs. This has inspired me to use many of my images all on one piece, however, I al thinking of using photo-montage/collage effects rather than frames. The multiple sizing makes the viewer look at each image individually.

example of framing sourced from internet

example of framing sourced from internet

The multiple framing used here in exhibition of Barry McGee’s work also makes the viewer look at each individual frame. The viewer looks and ponders on the work for longer as it doesn’t appear as one image but a collection.


by Barry McGee at the Berkeley Art Museum

by Barry Mcgee

by Barry McGee (click here to see link)

David Hockney is famous for his photo-montage images. I have decided to look at these for inspiration as they use multiple images but within one piece.


by David Hockney

by David Hockney

by David Hockney

I am thinking about displaying my work on a Lightbox. Having visited many of the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibitions in London, I have always been interested in Lightbox’s. The use of Lightbox prints at the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition makes the room come to life. Each image has come to life in-front of the viewer, every detail in the image is more obvious, highlighting everything in the image.


Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition

Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition

Decision time…

Dagmar Keller’s and Martin Wittwer’s decided to display “Passengers” as print on the wall. However I imagine my work as prints displayed on a lightbox. This means that all the subtle colours will be shown, and the light will highlight all the watermarks and droplets.


by Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer

I have looked into colour film transparencies and digital options for light box display.

I have decided on a digital file print onto duratrans. Below is a price list that I have found.


Artisan and Artifact lecture questions:

1)    What are my desired outcomes?

I wish to create a striking physical piece, and a digital response that immerses the viewer in the senses

2)    What am I looking to achieve by the production of this artifact?

I want to achieve an exhibition piece that draws peoples time and attention. I want to show the beauty of the human form in such a normal everyday situation of the shower. I want to shows nudes in the shower, as I think people will be able to connect to this idea as everyone has a similar experience whilst washing.

3)    How can my method of presentation help me accomplish this?

The method of presentation can highlight the human form, and to illustrate the senses that we feel whilst in the shower or just afterwards.

4)    Who do I want to experience the artifact?

I hope that many different type of people will view my work at the exhibition, as I feel that my work will appeal to all. Everybody has a similar experience of touch and other senses in the shower/bath. I also hope that my digital work will be viewed on my blog; I expect that this will be viewed by my online followers or fans of the exhibition hoping to find more on #picbod.

5)    How can I best reach these people?

Our exhibition is in Leamington therefore we have advertised there, however I have also invited all my models and asked them to bring friends. I hope that this will bring people who are interested in the Art and Design world as we have invited all the media students, Leamington college student, Leamington Locals (Art and Design culturally rich area), and my chosen models and friends. I hope this will bring a broad variety of people. I have also published my work online for my online followers, and will publish a link on social media so that people who know me can see my photography projects and hopefully spread the word of #picbod.

6)    When do I want them to experience it?

I would like people to first experience my work on opening night of our exhibition, my work will always be well lit as it is displayed on a Lightbox. I also hope that my online work will be viewed continually, I shall spread the #picbod word and hope that future years may use my work as inspiration.

7)    What are my resources?

As this is an exhibition and I want my work to be at a professional standard I put money aside for printing and exhibition. My digital work should not cost as I am using a WordPress blog and  social media to spread the word is free. I have spoken to the technicians at University and they have kindly agreed that I can use the Lightbox from Uni for my exhibition. I plan to print from the University Print Bureau as I have always been happy with the quality they print at (reliable).

8)    How can I most affectively use them?

I shall use the resources given to me, such as social media and my blog. I shall also use the University resources, such as the print bureau the technicians advice. We have advertised our exhibition in Leamington and Coventry using flyers, and I have also spread the word of #picbod throughout my friends, and used social media sites also.

Choice of images:

How to choose a set of images…


Below are images that I was trying to decide whether to use or not. I believe they are strong portraits, and I am very attached to them as I feel they are striking. However, I realise that the set of images is stronger without them. My project is about touch, senses, and the shape and form of the human body; these images do not illustrate this, therefore muddy the narrative. I have therefore chosen not to include them.


Here are the selected images without the portraits included…

I feel this is a stronger collection of images due to the re-selection.

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Possible display options…

I wanted to try the black and white image below… as I am exploring shape and form, black and white can often bring out the shapes in images. However, having produced this image below I prefer the colour, as I feel the muted yellows and blues (inspired by Jenny Saville’s use of tone) compliment each other.

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I thought about a landscape option, however when creating this in photoshop I didn’t like the aesthetics, I feel this reads better as a portrait. The portrait gives the piece the idea of the human bodies length.

Possible display option: however, to much white space in certain areas, needs randomising a little

Possible display option: however, to much white space in certain areas, needs randomising a little

This needs a few tweaks with the spacing of images. I have decided to use this random photo-montage to display my work as it forces the viewer to contemplate each image, as they are all different.

Final Piece:

by Jenny Stonely To be displayed on a light box at Althorpe Studio exhibition

by Jenny Stonely
To be displayed on a light box at Althorpe Studio exhibition

Artist Statement:

A Temporary Sense

‘A Temporary Sense’ came from a previous task of ‘My Tribe’ the idea developed to observing shape and form of others bodies. The shower illustrates the sense of touch, the water trickling down your body, the screen pressed on your skin. Each subject is anonymous, their identity is unknown; everyone shares a similar experience of the senses in the shower. Here their bodies are on show, yet distanced by the glass shield and anonymity. Capturing these fleeting moments of the senses on the human body.

Professional Practice Diary: Frederick Bird week 5

Today (Friday 14th February 2014) we were concluding the first half terms group sessions. Last weeks photography task was a competition on “read” “red”, extreme reading and the colour red. Over the week I looked through the images that the class had taken and judged them, compiling a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place image. The images entered were all anonymous which meant that the judging would be fair. I then created a presentation of these images to show the class.

The competition images went down a treat, the children were excited and applauded the work chosen. We then praised the other children’s work, congratulating everyone on their newfound photography skills. I found this was important, as we didn’t want to discourage the other children with the competition, but celebrate all of their hard work.

As a conclusive weeks task we decided to create frames with the children, so that they could choose their favourite image and have something to take home and show for their hard work. This allowed the children to see their displayed work in front of them; I think this was important as they could then see how far they had come in the collection of classes.

During the following week I will create a photomontage for the next set of children the following half term. This will allow them to see the photography of this half term and get inspired by it. I feel that it is important to show the past children’s work as then the children can see a reachable target to aim for themselves. This half terms classes have been highly rewarding as I have seen the children’s photography skills, creativity and confidence grow.