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Sustainable Prospects Posts
  • Week Seven Reflections – Paris Photo November 14, 2018 It was the week of a Falmouth Face to Face around Paris Photo, which we combined with family time in the city. Let me start ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part Two November 5, 2018 I sometimes try to separate the photographic focus of the MA, and my personal role as a ‘Cambodian Educator’, of almost twenty years standing, as ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections – Part One November 5, 2018 These are some thoughts on week two of my Cambodia trip. As noted last week, the main purpose is to see how much progress I can make ... Read more...
  • A Prayer from Hell November 5, 2018 In Phnom Penh last week, I met Youk Chhang for the first time. The visit including a lot of such networking activities, in order to ... Read more...
  • Gatiloke, Genocide and the Narrative November 3, 2018 After an intense but (I believe) successful two weeks in Cambodia, there are many things I need to write about. There is however an overarching ... Read more...
  • Week Five Reflections – Cambodia October 27, 2018 The focus of the week was Cambodia. I arrived on Wednesday, from London via Singapore. From our home to the hotel takes about 22 hours. ... Read more...
  • Meet Someone New October 25, 2018 I am responding here to the ‘Meet Someone New” challenge. This is alway a good idea, though I must admit I have preferred usually to do ... Read more...
  • Hondros October 23, 2018 Following a recommendation from Krishna, I watched the documentary on conflict photojournalist Chris Hondros, who died in Libya. It is a brilliant movie, and hugely thought ... Read more...
  • For this week’s task, you will network October 20, 2018 Week 5 is all about networking. Of course this is hardly a new idea, nor unique to photography. Aeons ago I wrote several masters papers ... Read more...
  • Week Four Reflections – and Photographic DNA October 20, 2018 I have done my best to fulfil the requests of the course this week, despite my misgivings. I will not dwell much on this, other ... Read more...
  • Marketing Plan October 19, 2018 ‘For this week’s activity, we will create a marketing plan for your practice which covers the next 10 weeks. Think about what you want to ... Read more...
  • Instagram Part 3 October 17, 2018 Following the earlier post on a first experiment, I conducted a second experiment. In the spirit of the week, I decided to promote TWO images on ... Read more...
  • Artist’s Statement October 15, 2018 Following on from the ‘Let’s Talk Business‘ and ‘Back to the Beginning‘ work, I am working through my Artist’s Statement. I see this as very much ... Read more...
  • Back to the Future October 14, 2018 Inspired by the ‘back to the beginning’ task, I just put down the princely sum of £12.50 on eBay to buy 6 vintage cameras, 3 ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections October 13, 2018 Still frustrated. On the plus side, had a really good conversation with Krishna and Isabella in the webinar this week. It was fascinating (and inspiring) to ... Read more...
  • Begin at the Beginning October 13, 2018 Review your earliest work and reflect: What do you see in it? I have to really start at the beginning here. I was a painter (and ... Read more...
  • The Photograph as Contemporary Art October 13, 2018 I have been looking again at The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton, 2014 3rd edition, and decided this time to write a few ... Read more...
  • Banksy and Tejaratchi on Advertising & Going Viral October 11, 2018 I was thinking about this weeks’ ‘viral’ exercise, alongside the latest Banksy escapade. By way of background, I have spent a large part of my ... Read more...
  • Instagram Part 2 October 11, 2018 Following the earlier post, I conducted an experiment. Brief recap on my Instagram: I joined pretty much at the beginning, and just use it as a ... Read more...
  • Perception: the Analogue, the Digital and the Eye October 7, 2018 I am re-visiting a brief conversation that I had last module with Stella Baraklianou, driven by a certain deja-vu in a couple of books I ... Read more...
  • Instagram Part 1 October 6, 2018 This week’s task: ‘I want you to try and create and implement an Instagram strategy that you feel will help you reach future, potential clients (whether ... Read more...
  • Week Two Reflections October 6, 2018 So, week two. I found working through the mission statement useful. Writing strategies is hardly something new, as I have been doing that literally for decades. ... Read more...
  • Data Protection October 6, 2018 I think it might be useful to briefly look at European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) implications as we are considering viral campaigns. Whilst this is largely aimed ... Read more...
  • Dad October 4, 2018 I thought long and hard about posting this – and even asked peers if I should – Danny, especially. Some of you know that my Dad ... Read more...
  • Business Planning October 3, 2018 Having been in business for a while, I thought it might be helpful to share a couple of tools that I use, both when leading ... Read more...
  • Let’s Talk Business October 3, 2018 We have been asked to write a business statement for our photography. Mission I aim to delight and challenge my audiences with engaging and creative story-telling, whilst ... Read more...
  • Image at Messums Wiltshire September 30, 2018 Was able to visit the ‘Image‘ exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, yesterday. Lovely show. First of all, it is a beautiful space, with the Long Gallery, the ... Read more...
  • SP Week One Reflections September 29, 2018 The end of the first week of a module is always an interesting time for reflection – both first impressions and seeing how it might ... Read more...
  • Photographic Rules September 29, 2018 I attended the Frome Wessex Camera Club meeting last night. It is a very friendly, very active club where people of all levels of experience ... Read more...
  • Parr’s Advice September 29, 2018 Quite enjoyed listening to Martin Parr’s advice to students. Particularly liked his encouragement for everyone to go out and ‘take more crap’.  Read more...
  • Seven Day Challenge September 28, 2018 The brief was take seven images, one a day, which might be considered your last. I opted to create a mini-photo essay about my long suffering ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath September 27, 2018 PhotoBath is a Bath-based collective, with interests in Documentary and Fine Art photography. This week the third annual exhibition was staged, ‘Unfinished’. That idea was, I ... Read more...
  • Looking Back September 23, 2018 I am exploring the long-term impact of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and especially its impact on education. This includes revisiting our family history which goes ... Read more...
  • Dominic Grieve & Event Photography September 23, 2018 As mentioned elsewhere, I do quite a lot of event photography in the local area. It is essentially reportage work, for use in local news ... Read more...
  • Frome Wessex Street Portrait Workshop September 15, 2018 Andrew Washington and John Bishop got the prizes for the ‘best’ street portraits from the recent workshop in Bath. John Bishop Neither had really shot either street or ... Read more...
  • Gina Miller September 8, 2018 I was asked to shoot Gina Miller’s book signing this past week. Gina is the legal activist that took the UK Government to court, to ... Read more...
  • RPS Presentation August 31, 2018 I have been invited to give a talk to the Western Region of the Royal Photographic Society, next Sunday (September 9th). They have advertised it to ... Read more...
Surfaces & Strategies Posts
  • Surfaces & Strategies Reflections – Grades – Where To, Now? September 20, 2018 Just got the Surfaces & Strategies results – and although the overall result (70.6%) is remarkably consistent with Positions & Practice (70.8%), the internals are ... Read more...
  • RPS Presentation August 31, 2018 I have been invited to give a talk to the Western Region of the Royal Photographic Society, next Sunday (September 9th). They have advertised it to ... Read more...
  • Week Eleven & Twelve Reflections August 20, 2018 Bill Jay, in Occam’s Razor, 1992, wrote: ‘… all good photographers have a deep commitment to, and involvement with, their subjects, and through photography they are ... Read more...
  • Book Dummy August 20, 2018 Now that I have completed selection of images for the Work in Progress portfolio, and finished Landings, it seemed right to update the book dummy. I ... Read more...
  • Workshop in Bath August 19, 2018 It was a very successful workshop with the Frome Camera Club this afternoon, in Bath. 18 people attended, on ‘Street Candid Portraits‘, and the feedback ... Read more...
  • S&S Oral Presentation August 19, 2018 I am exploring the long-term impact of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, and especially its impact on education. This includes revisiting our family history with that ... Read more...
  • Work in Progress – I missed my Mother August 18, 2018 I have completed the S&S WIP selection. Posts have already been written which explain my rational on intimacy, landscape and negative traces. Some of my fellow students ... Read more...
  • Exhibition August 16, 2018 Two of my early ‘Traces’ images have been chosen to be part of PhotoBath‘s group show in September. It will be shown at 44AD Gallery, in ... Read more...
  • Workshop Preparations August 16, 2018 The details of the August 19th Workshop are completed. We will be meeting at the Green Park Station, in Bath, on Sunday afternoon, and a ... Read more...
  • Landings 2018 August 12, 2018 Landings 2018 is a collection of current work by students and staff of Falmouth Flexible Online MA Photography, from August 17th. There are three themes – Expressions ... Read more...
  • Week Ten Reflections – Landscape, Context and WIP August 12, 2018 My reflections this week are about my photographic approach to ‘aftermath’. Christian Schwager, a Swiss photographer, made a series My Lovely Bosnia (2003 – 2005), around the still-present ... Read more...
  • Street Portrait Workshop – August 19th August 11, 2018 As I already noted, I am conducting a ‘Street Portrait’ workshop in Bath next weekend. So far 12 people have signed up. Workshop background is here. In ... Read more...
  • WIP – Telling Sarath’s Story in the Jungle August 9, 2018 Part of this project is to tell the personal stories of the people who survived the Genocide. I am using video, and will include segments ... Read more...
  • Time, Education & Rephotography August 6, 2018 I am examining the ‘time‘ aspect of my narrative, amongst other things. In an earlier post, I noted that a young boy that started in a ... Read more...
  • Negative Traces August 5, 2018 The impact of the Genocide of 1975-1979 is still, in many ways, hidden. It is visible only in traces, both physical and psychological. My project is ... Read more...
  • This week’s ‘to do’ August 5, 2018 Well, where to start .. 1. WIP: Go through the images from the past two weeks trip to Cambodia. Sort into themes, and start the process ... Read more...
  • Workshop August 5, 2018 I will be doing a Workshop on ‘street portraits’ in Bath on Sunday, August 19th, for the Frome Wessex Camera Club. So far, 10 people ... Read more...
  • Week Nine reflections – Cambodian Narrative August 4, 2018 It was a very busy but productive time in Cambodia. My reflections this week (partly whilst sitting on the plane home) are about clarifying the narrative. ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Gary, July 31st July 31, 2018 Notes from today’s webinar with Gary, not necessarily in order of importance, and referring my last weekly reflections – Week 7 and Week 8. Noting that ... Read more...
  • Week Eight Reflections – Cambodia – My Practice July 29, 2018 Another intense week. I left London on Saturday morning, having completed a 4 day, full-on shoot with Andrew Mlangeni. I arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday ... Read more...
  • Week Seven Reflections – My Practice July 21, 2018 This week my reflections are about my practice, after a multi day event/documentary gig in London. Whilst I have shot events before, this week’s project was ... Read more...
  • Book Dummy July 15, 2018 I am having to jump ahead this week, as I am pretty much full tilt with work and travel from Tuesday. I created a ‘book dummy’. ... Read more...
  • Images So Far July 15, 2018 A selection of images for the project so far. First, a small selection from my last visit to Cambodia. Second, experimental work on developing ways to show ... Read more...
  • Bookshelf July 14, 2018 Given that books are a major part of our home and our (collective) way of life, this task was pretty easy to do. Go to a ... Read more...
  • Negatives July 12, 2018 Interesting webinar with Cemre, Sarah, Danny & Ant. We were sharing our exhibition thinking, including Landings. Amongst other things, I shared the experimental ‘negatives’ work ... Read more...
  • PhotoBath Exhibition & Book July 12, 2018 PhotoBath, the local photography collective, are running their third annual show, in September, at the 44AD ArtSpace Gallery in Bath. They are also creating the ... Read more...
  • Thinking About Spaces July 11, 2018 It has long been a fashion to use the sides of building in Shanghai as huge, live advertising, video and news screens Murky Day in May, ... Read more...
  • Installation July 11, 2018 Just trying to pull together some ideas on a possible installation – not for August, as part of Landings, but looking to the future. I envisage ... Read more...
  • Street Portraiture July 10, 2018 For the first time I joined up with the Frome Wessex Camera Club, for a walk around town, guided by David Chedgy. I admit I ... Read more...
  • Week Five Reflections July 8, 2018 A really simple reflection this week. Ingrid and I met up with Simon and Neang, who run a pop-up restaurant business called Khmer Kitchen. We ... Read more...
  • Week Four Reflections July 1, 2018 Let me start by answering some specific questions from the presentations of Week 4. I should note upfront that reading Vilém Flusser‘s book has really helped add ... Read more...
  • Documentary & Art June 29, 2018 Had a very good webinar today with Cemre and Yas. Just want to jot my thoughts down here, not in any particular order. Cemre asked about ... Read more...
  • Discussion with Stella on ‘Pixels’ June 29, 2018 Prompted by a conversation with Danny, I dug out a conversation I had with Stella on Pixels, Film and Phenomenology. Here it is: …………………. Dear students, We discussed ... Read more...
  • Philosophy and Post-Industrial Opium Dens – Vilém Flusser June 28, 2018 I love this quote, for all sorts of reasons. ‘Amateur photographers’ clubs are places where one gets high on the structural complexities of cameras, where one ... Read more...
  • Photographs Without (my usual) Cameras June 27, 2018 This week’s task is to consider how to create images without using our usual ‘apparatus’, whilst still being related to our project. I considered using Google ... Read more...
  • Glitches – Because You Can June 26, 2018 Been playing with Glitch Art. That’s when you take a digital image file, mess with the code, and get unexpected results. The header is from a ... Read more...
  • Street Portraits June 26, 2018 This past weekend there was a major protest march in London – The People’s Vote March. I was there, for myself and as photographer for ... Read more...
  • Postcards June 25, 2018 In Week Three Reflections, I noted some thoughts about how I might bring alive an installation / exhibition of the Cambodia project. That, pause being pushed ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections June 25, 2018 For this week’s reflections, a little late, a few questions stood out. How could your subjects be influencing you and your approach? Well, unfortunately that has been ... Read more...
  • Artificial Intelligence & Photography June 23, 2018 It is hard to consider any photograph completely devoid of human intervention. Images taken on Mars are only possible because humans created the recording and ... Read more...
  • The Morris Minor June 20, 2018 Having re-visited the Day Before Christmas, I decided to look again at the Flickr archives. Towards the end of 2005, a group entitled ‘Manipulate This!’ was ... Read more...
  • Making a Zine June 18, 2018 This week’s task, making a Zine (digital or paper) from personal networks and / or within the university. Step One: Using the comments box below, organise yourselves ... Read more...
  • Appropriation June 10, 2018 Top: Susan Meiselas (1979) The Molotov Man; Bottom: Joy Garnett (2003) Molotov from the series Riot The brief: Joy Garnett is known for her paintings inspired ... Read more...
  • S&S Week One Reflections June 10, 2018 I consider my photography is about storytelling (when I get things right, that is). And I call this ‘Unfinished Stories‘, because the best that any ... Read more...
  • Owen Smith June 10, 2018 I occasionally shoot events for local groups, often political. This weekend, Owen Smith, the Welsh MP, was talking to Bath for Europe on ‘Can We ... Read more...
  • Ghosts, Traces & Stories June 9, 2018 I am looking for ways to tell today’s story whilst also bringing yesterday’s in front of the viewer. Anyone who has visited a Genocide Museum, anywhere ... Read more...
  • It’s Not All About Genocide June 8, 2018 It has always been my intent to go back and re-imagine the journey that we took with Sarath, though I have, to now, seen that ... Read more...
  • Where Are You At? June 6, 2018 This week’s webinar, with Cemre, is a conversation about ‘where are we at?” with our practice over the break. Well, Ingrid and I moved home over ... Read more...
  • The Work for Surfaces & Strategies June 5, 2018 Very helpful webinar with Gary today. As background, one of my ‘issues’ is the limited time I can be in Cambodia, and how I will develop ... Read more...
  • A Place Over Time June 4, 2018 In the first week of Surfaces & Strategies, we were asked to consider a ‘Place over Time’, with these steps: Choose a previously made image that ... Read more...
  • Redesigned my website June 4, 2018 I spent some time this past weekend reflecting back on the feedback from my WIP, and doing some research on web design. I have historically used ... Read more...
  • 26 Vinyl Records May 23, 2018 Ed Ruscha (1937 – ) created Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations in 1963, a small, self published book. Ruscha set in motion a new way to think about photography ... Read more...
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