Positions & Practice

  • 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
  • Exposure – Photo Stories Many thanks to Danny North for pointing out exposure.co. Experimenting with how to better tell stories for the Cambodian project. Created with Exposure ”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
  • The Camera as Judge and Executioner As I develop the Cambodia Project for my MA, the need to research is clear. Archiving the Unspeakable, by Michelle Caswell, is a fascinating read. It deals with the role of photographic archives in the activities of the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng prison, now the Genocide Museum, in Phnom Penh. Every visitor ... ”Read
  • Qs week 2 – 1st presentation – “Multiple media and Interdisciplinary practices” Q: What does the moving image tell you about the still photographic image? The presentation did a great job in illustrating the similarities and differences of the two media. Beyond the presentation, I was also struck by David Campany‘s ‘Safety in Numbness’.  The conversation around the evolution of photography to become a ‘post’ activity was eye opening. By ... ”Read
  • Morning email Having my (essential) morning coffee, and opened my email. In the old days, it was a rather painstaking process of having passports and documents checked on entry, with multiple officials, and whilst it has been streamlined, this is my first use of this system. Excited about going back, hopefully with different eyes. ”Read
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