3 Surfaces & Strategies

Module 3 – PHO703

Week One – Strategies of Looking
Week Two – Strategies of Mediation
Week Three – Strategies of Sharing
Week Four – Strategies of Freedom
Week Five – Three ‘Surfaces’
Week Six – Exhibition Guidance
Week Seven – Publication Guidance
Week Eight – Workshop Guidance
Week Nine – Production
Week Ten – Production 2
Week Eleven – Production 3
Week Twelve – Showtime

Webinars

Coursework

Contextual Research

Project Development

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  • 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...
  • Surfaces & Strategies 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...
  • Intimacy August 16, 2018 ‘… all good photographers have a deep commitment to, and involvement with, their subjects, and through photography they are communicating their understanding and passion to ... 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...
  • First They Killed My Father August 16, 2018 In 2017, the movie First They Killed My Father was released. It was directed by Angelina Jolie, and producers included the acclaimed Cambodian filmmaker, Rithy ... 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...
  • My Friend’s Mother Passed Away – I Missed My Mother July 15, 2018 The first fully-translated ‘story’ from Sarath. Warning: gruesome reading in parts. …………………………….. It was possibly in 1977, I do not know for sure, but it was a ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections July 15, 2018 A weeks of Brexit shenanigans (again), Trump and Football. Most of my refections this week I have posted as I went along – probably the highlight ... 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...
  • Conversation with Lukas Birk July 13, 2018 Following an introduction from Cemre, had a terrific conversation today with Lukas Birk. I explained a little of my background, motivations and the Cambodia project itself. These ... Read more...
  • The Public Image July 13, 2018 Notes on Robert Hariman & John Louis Lucaites, 2016, Chicago: Univ Chicago Press ‘Photography is a small language about vernacular life in a public world. Each ... Read more...
  • Dark Tourism July 12, 2018 To me, ‘Dark Tourism‘ is rather inevitable. Places like Tuol Sleng in Cambodia seem to do a better job of earning tourist dollars than in ... Read more...
  • Cambodian Photography – Part 2 July 12, 2018 As noted in the previous post, Cambodian photography is developing, though it’s clear that the hiatus of the Khmer Rouge years and subsequent Vietnamese administration ... 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...
  • Preciousness July 11, 2018 Two things happened in the last 24 hours, which I would like to connect. First, I saw Sian Davey‘s guest lecture. Second, I had a conversation ... 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...
  • Cambodian Photography – Part 1 July 5, 2018 Arguably, Dith Pran (1942 – 2008) is the most famous of Cambodian photographers. His story, working with foreign journalists, before the Khmer Rouge takeover, and subsequent ... Read more...
  • Showing the Hidden July 4, 2018 The Landings Exhibition is in preparation, and there is a call for entries. At the same time, I am continuing to explore the idea of ‘traces’ ... Read more...
  • Ideas, Ideas, Ideas – Opening the Curtain July 3, 2018 An interesting conjunction of events. First, it’s been made clear that we need to consider mounting an ‘Exhibition’ (‘Landings’, online or otherwise), giving a Workshop, and ... Read more...
  • Cambodia – 2000 July 2, 2018 This week I am going through the archives, for rephotography purposes, as on my next trip I will be travelling up to Anlong Veng, and ... 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...
  • Windows on the Hidden June 30, 2018 I have found the last couple of weeks most enjoyable, exploring new kinds of imagery, both to learn new techniques and to consider ways of ... 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...
  • Pop June 21, 2018 I have been experimenting with some of the ‘traces’ work, not least as a couple of the images have been chosen for the PhotoBath exhibition ... 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...
  • Trailer June 19, 2018 One of the tasks for Week 2 was to create a 2 minute trailer for our projects. A little late, but here it is.  Soundtrack: The Industrialism ... Read more...
  • Collaboration & Participation June 19, 2018 This module is dealing in detail with the issues of collaboration and participation. I am reading Claire Bishop‘s ‘Artificial Hells‘ in combination with the week’s recommend papers. I like the distinctions ... 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...
  • Week Two Reflections June 18, 2018 Weekly reflections – somewhat overshadowed by a long weekend, with both a trip to see my mother in hospital, a Billy Joel gig in Manchester ... Read more...
  • Rephotography June 13, 2018 In preparation for the next Cambodia trip, taking Cemre’s advice, I’ll be looking at the implications of this project for our family. As noted elsewhere, our ... Read more...
  • Here we go again … June 11, 2018 Slick system. Applied at 10:04 this morning. Got confirmation at 10:08! The planned trip is from July 22 for a couple of weeks, meeting old colleagues, friends ... 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...
  • Vinyl Records and Photography June 7, 2018 This book reads like a history of photography … Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Andy Warhol, Berenice Abbott, Herb Ritts, Jeff Wall, William Eggleston, W. Eugene ... 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...
  • Curationism – David Balzer June 4, 2018 Notes from David Balzer’s  How Curation took over the Art World and Everything Else. He tracks the development of curation, both as an act and then as ... 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...