Cambodia Project Notes

  • Week Eleven Reflections I think this week I had a creative breakthrough. As noted before, I am interested in ‘traces’, aftermath photography. Sophie Ristelhueber‘s work comes to mind. And I am also intrigued by the way that Wolfgang Tillmans uses an eclectic mix of images, shapes and surfaces to tell the story he wants to tell. The Cambodian project has ... ”Read
  • Traces I am considering ways to use post-processing in the representation of traces, as part of the Cambodia project. The intent is to heighten emotional engagement with the image, whilst staying true to the project’s documentary intent. I am perhaps also influenced by my re-discovery of the impact of Kandinsky on my painting. The header is a ... ”Read
  • Week Nine Reflections Very interesting discussion on my self-critique and my recent work in today’s webinar. Thank you Gary, Danny, Ashley, Emma & Howard. Not going to go into great detail, but I took out these points, in no particular order. The Idea of creating a ‘mick yates voice’ is reasonable, but is it in fact counter to the (even ... ”Read
  • Oral Presentation – Final  YouTube Original April 17th, 1975, after years of war, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. Within twenty-four hours they emptied the city of 2 million people, and declared Year Zero – back to a totally agrarian, socialist society. In the next 3 years, somewhere between 1.7 and 2 million people died, mainly from starvation and disease. But many were ... ”Read
  • Week Seven Reflections – Peer Challenge There were two main activities this week. First, I was challenged by Danny North to talk to 4 strangers, get some of their ‘story’, and then take their portrait. I found the ‘talking’ part fairly easy to do, probably because I usually talk to people when I am wandering around taking street photos. What was more of ... ”Read
  • Week Six Reflections – Draft Oral Presentation This week, some very simple reflections, as the focus was on getting a draft Oral Presentation done. To say it was a scramble was an understatement. I had managed to do a rough voice track, sitting on the hotel balcony in Phnom Penh, the day before I left. I shared it with Ingrid and Vicky, who ... ”Read
  • Oral Presentation – Draft  April 17th, 1975, after years of war, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. Within twenty four hours they emptied the city of around 2 million people, and declared Year Zero – back to a totally agrarian, socialist society. In the next 3 years, somewhere between 1-7 and 2 million people died, mainly from starvation and disease. ... ”Read
  • Week Five Reflections – Phnom Penh visit This week most of the reflection must be about Cambodia, scoping for my project. I arrived on Thursday 1st, and leaving today, the 6th. A truly flying visit. Still, I had a pretty good plan prepped, and with a couple of minor exceptions, ‘did the plan’. What I didn’t cover will be fine on the next ... ”Read
  • Week Four Reflections – Collaboration It was huge fun to collaborate with Corin Rossouw, Howard Pratt and Rob Jones, on a short multimedia project, ‘The Journey‘. The project forced me to think again about the familiar – something very important to my documentary work. And it also forced me to consider what I could properly add of value, especially as I ... ”Read
  • Constructs and Seeing In talking with Steph Cosgrove about my documentary work at the recent Falmouth ‘Face 2 Face’, she was good enough to share some videos about the image as a construct. I am not going to repeat the whole thing here, but a couple of quotes stood out as I was thinking how this refers to my documentary ... ”Read
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