Falmouth CRJ Posts

Final Major Project Posts
  • Final Major Project – Grades – Where To, Now? January 15, 2020
    Well, it’s all over! My overall grade for the Final major Project module was 72.9% – my best yet. Encouragingly, the results against the Learning Objectives ...
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  • Visitor’s Comments December 20, 2019
    The show is over. Perhaps my abiding memory will be the way that visitors interacted with the work. And they left gratifying responses in the Visitors ...
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  • Top Fifty Posts December 18, 2019
    Quick links to some of the most ‘influential’ of my posts of the two years of the MA program, in terms of either moving my ...
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  • A Photographer, by Photographers December 18, 2019
    One of the most humbling things that has happened during the BRLSI show has been the reception that my work has got from other photographers. Perhaps ...
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  • Week Twenty Four Reflections December 13, 2019
    The opening paragraphs of my Critical Review of Practice noted: In most of my photographic career, I have recorded what was in front of me, usually ...
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  • Critical Review of Practice December 12, 2019
    Here is a link to my FMP Critical Review of Practice. FMP Critical Review of Practice Final Compressed The concluding statement is perhaps worth noting here. ‘The MA ...
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  • FMP Submission December 12, 2019
    Here is a link to my FMP submission, meeting Falmouth University file size guidelines. This includes all of the images, video and samples of the ...
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  • Book Listing December 12, 2019
    I am pleased to have ‘Unfinished Stories: From Genocide to Hope’ listed at Topping & Company, one of the UK’s leading independent bookstores. The book ...
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  • Reflections on Paradox – Curation December 11, 2019
    ‘Beautiful, simply powerful, thought-provoking, the words and pictures go together so well, courageous‘. These are some of the words written in the visitor’s book after the ...
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  • Installation Photos December 9, 2019
    I have taken a series of installation shots, which I hope to use in future ‘marketing’ to see if I can get further shows in ...
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  • Opening Night December 9, 2019
    The main ‘private viewing’ was Friday, 6th December, from 6pm until 8:30 pm. I was very pleased to have between 70-75 guests, and in particular ...
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  • Setting Up December 6, 2019
    Sarath arrived safely from Phnom Penh very early on December 2nd. It is lovely to be able to share this week with him directly. We ...
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  • Exhibition Walk Through November 25, 2019
    Whilst the centrepiece of the upcoming exhibition is my FMP series, the event includes both a  brief history of Cambodia to set context, and a ...
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  • Well, thought this was all too smooth … November 20, 2019
    I got a Facebook message from Bandol, today, IPML printers in Phnom Penh. She sent a picture of the books packed up and ready to ship, ...
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  • Print Delivery November 19, 2019
    The main images have just been delivered from Loxley, and I am very pleased. The quality is spot on – so, if there is a ...
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  • Memory (again) November 17, 2019
    Jesse organised a really interesting ‘face to face’ yesterday, to see the work of Tony Ray-Jones and Jack Latham at the RPS, Paintworks, Bristol. There was ...
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  • Week Eighteen Reflections November 11, 2019
    Most of the planning for the upcoming exhibition is done. And, as the book is now being printed for real, nothing I can do there. ...
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  • Technology and Flexibility November 10, 2019
    We all to one degree or another suffer from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). It goes with the photographic territory that we want to use the ...
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  • Reviews and Feedback November 9, 2019
    I have asked several people for feedback and / or reviews of my work. I know some but not all of these people personally, and it ...
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  • Unfinished Stories November 6, 2019
    Had another good webinar with Wendy, where we focused on how best to describe the core of my FMP work – Unfinished Stories.  The challenge ...
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  • Private Viewing November 4, 2019
    Just getting things organised for the private viewing, Friday December 6th. I must say that Eventbrite is so easy to use. Now, just need to see ...
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  • Week Seventeen Reflections – Cromarty November 3, 2019
    My main reflection this week is the importance of my cohort, Cromarty. Some of us have become very good friends, always supportive yet also quick ...
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  • Photography and War – Pippa Oldfield October 31, 2019
    Reaktion books have an excellent series on photographic issues and theme, Exposures. A recent edition is by Pippa Oldfield, on Photography and War. The book is ...
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  • Book – Digital Print October 30, 2019
    Another piece of good news this week – the digital print of the book arrived from Phnom Penh. I am very pleased with the quality ...
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  • Sarath’s visa October 28, 2019
    A small piece of very good news – Sarath has got a UK visa. This means a great deal to all of us, as it ...
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  • Week Sixteen Reflections October 27, 2019
    Today is Deepavali / Diwali, the traditional festival of light, when there is victory over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, and a most ...
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  • At the University of Leeds October 25, 2019
    I was in Leeds this week,  giving my first lecture to the MA Media and Communications students. I had been invited by Dr. Jim Brogden, Programme Leader ...
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  • Week Fifteen Reflections October 21, 2019
    It has been a pretty heavy week, planning the BRLSI show, starting to write about my practice (and how I got to the FMP work). ...
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  • Installation – Layout and Display Boards October 20, 2019
    Having pretty much settled the main wall hanging and sequence, I needed to turn my attention to the information boards. Whilst the show is focused ...
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  • War Primer – 1 & 2 October 19, 2019
    The work of Broomberg & Chanarin has often featured in my critical reviews, alongside that of Sophie Ristelhueber, in the context of using traces to ...
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  • A Constructed Image October 16, 2019
    As I am closing in on the final choices and hanging plan – and nearing the time that I need to write a Critical Review ...
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  • BRLSI Publicity October 16, 2019
    BRLSI do a good job of publicising events – online (web and social media) via their mailing list and with posters / leaflets available during ...
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  • Week Fourteen Reflections – video and subtitles October 14, 2019
    In the short video of Sarath narrating his story about going to meet his Mother, I use what is called the ‘UN Style’ of voiceover ...
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  • Quotes and Photographs October 13, 2019
    On Friday, I gave a talk to the Frome Wessex Camera Club, entitled ‘Unfinished Stories – From Genocide to Hope’. I was gratified that it ...
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  • Sarath’s Video – English voiceover October 9, 2019
    Sarath has just completed a voiceover for his story ‘I Missed my Mother’. I have experimented previously with other ways of overdubbing the original Khmer ...
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  • Webinar with Wendy – Installation Planning October 9, 2019
    Had a very good session today on how best to develop and show alternative hanging plans. First, the focus will be on the black and white ...
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  • Week Thirteen Reflections – a photograph is ‘and’ not ‘or’ October 9, 2019
    I want to pull a particular point out of some of my research on ‘atrocity’ images. That is, that a photograph always have a multiplicity ...
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  • Installation planning October 7, 2019
    Spent some time creating layouts at BRLSI, based on photographs of the space. Feeling quite pleased with how it is shaping up. The idea is that ...
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  • Interactive Presentation October 7, 2019
    I have to give another presentation  of my work at the end of this week, to the Frome Wessex Club. I’ll be sharing the Unfinished ...
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  • Postcartes de Cambodge October 4, 2019
    I am looking at different ways to include ‘artefacts’ in the BRLSI show. There are several display possibilities, as the venue sometime functions as a ...
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  • The People’s Vote October 2, 2019
    Data is an interesting thing, and not something one normally associates with artistic endeavours. Yet, just as we get feedback on our work from tutors, ...
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  • PhotoBath ‘Witness’ Exhibition October 2, 2019
    It was opening night of the Witness show last evening. I have previously noted how this as curated. I think it was the most professional show ...
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  • A research-led practice September 26, 2019
    The MA is now in its 21st month. In that time I have flown almost exactly 50,000 miles to and from Cambodia. Looking at my ...
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  • Webinar with Wendy – Sept 25th September 25, 2019
    Had a good webinar with Wendy today. I started by saying that I was quite pleased with how things had developed, and could now see ...
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  • Marketing September 24, 2019
    So far, the Royal Photographic Society Contemporary group, in their magazine, and PhotoBath, both in the latest Showcase 4 book and the Witness exhibition are ...
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  • PhotoBath – Showcase 4 September 24, 2019
    The PhotoBath collective had a book launch for Showcase 4 last evening. This is the group’s fourth book of member’s photography, and it’s most ambitious yet. ...
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  • Book files sent to Printers September 23, 2019
    Well. it is done. The Indesign and PDF ‘ready to print’ files have all been sent to pour printers in Phnom Penh. We are missing ...
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  • Newspaper Club September 23, 2019
    For the BRLSI installation, I am exploring ways to involve the audience in the personal stories – zines to take away, QR code links to ...
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  • Auschwitz & Memory September 23, 2019
    Over the past 18 months, I have spent a good deal of time researching atrocity and the ethics of images of such. In this I ...
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  • Finalising the images September 23, 2019
    As previously noted, thanks to input from both Gem and Richard Young (a fellow member of the PhotoBath collective), I think I had a bit ...
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  • Changing the Story September 20, 2019
    Frank Finlay, Dean of Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds put me in touch with Paul Cooke. Paul is Professor ...
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  • TV & Newspaper Coverage – Archives, March 2000 September 19, 2019
    As part of the FMP, I am exploring my archives – not just my own images, going back to 1994 – but also contemporary press ...
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  • Book Foreword September 18, 2019
    At the eleven and a half hour, I just received the signed book foreword from the Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, HE Dr. ...
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  • PhotoBath ‘Witness’ Exhibition September 14, 2019
    The PhotoBath Witness exhibition is on from October 1st until the 6th. As previously noted, one of my images was selected by the curators (Benedict ...
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  • Khmer Quotes September 11, 2019
    Thanks to input from both Gem and Richard Young (a fellow member of the PhotoBath collective), I think I had a bit of a breakthrough ...
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  • What Price Megapixels? September 9, 2019
    One of the benefits of doing this MA has been to encourage me to question all aspects of my practice. As a lifelong photographer, and ...
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  • Week Twelve Reflections … ish September 2, 2019
    The wedding went well. it was a lovely, relaxed affair at a  very pretty church – the oldest in Bath by all accounts. Simon and ...
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  • Wedding Photography August 30, 2019
    I am photographing a wedding today. I have done this before, although it is not my normal activity (nor, necessarily, my favourite thing to do). ...
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  • BRLSI – Venue August 26, 2019
    I have booked the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) for two weeks, from Wednesday, December 4th. Installation day will be on the 4th ...
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  • Socially Engaged Photography August 24, 2019
    In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to aid American farmworkers during the Great Depression. Its photographers aimed to document what ...
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  • Tutorial with Krishna August 21, 2019
    Very good conversation last evening with Krishna and Ash. Both were encouraging about the status of my FMP. We discussed the use of quotes as an ...
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  • Book material samples August 20, 2019
    I have just got the samples from Phnom Penh. Whilst I had seen paper samples and such when there, I had not seen a completed ...
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  • Multi-media August 20, 2019
    I finally got around to working through some ‘road trip’ photography from my last Cambodia visit. When Simeth and I were driving north, I decided ...
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  • Portfolios of Stories August 19, 2019
    I have started thinking about Wendy’s challenge – to create mini-portfolios of the Unfinished Stories – to help the creative juices flow, look at ways ...
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  • Week Eleven Reflections August 19, 2019
    I spent a great deal of time working through the book this past week, and in particular making sure the Cambodian History was accurate and ...
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  • Place and Placelessness August 18, 2019
    As I have been finalising the book edit, I have increasingly been drawn to maps to help tell the story – both the Khmer Rouge ...
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  • National Library of Cambodia August 15, 2019
    Header image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Library_of_Cambodia#/media/File:National_Library_-_panoramio_(1).jpg .. Creative Commons License
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  • Printing, and Webinar with Wendy August 15, 2019
    As I discussed with Wendy, I made an (expensive) error in printing, with a border that just did not quite work. Not enough space at the ...
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  • Photographs with Text August 14, 2019
    In my teens, I started painting and writing. Pop Art, Op Art, and the beginnings of Conceptual Art were everywhere. Psychedelia either added or confused ...
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  • Bending the Frame – Fred Ritchen August 14, 2019
    Notes from Ritchin’s 2013 book: Chapter 1: The Useful Photograph Sets stage for profusion of images, loss of professional monopoly, power of tech and the web. Citizen journalists ...
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  • Week Ten Reflections August 13, 2019
    It is the ‘final’ push on the Book at the moment – Vicky is hoping to get the file updated this weekend. I am still awaiting ...
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  • Let Us Now Praise Words August 13, 2019
    During the Depression, Fortune sent writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans document the lives of cotton sharecroppers in Alabama. It was meant to be ...
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  • A Matter of Tape August 10, 2019
    It’s a small thing, but so useful. There is an abundance of ‘nano-tape’ on the market right now. It is two sided, reusable, washable, and leaves ...
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  • Exhibition Print August 10, 2019
    I ordered an A1 sized print from Loxley, using their premium metallic/perspex finish. It was completed and delivered within 4 working days. As noted before, ...
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  • Stereotypes and Navajo August 9, 2019
    Photography’s Other Histories, edited by Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson, is a well-researched work covering a lot of ground on two broad issues – the ...
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  • Ethics of Photography – Participation August 8, 2019
    Ethics has two broad modes of definition – personal and organisational. In everyday use, the word ‘ethics’ gets used in many different ways. For example, sometimes ...
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  • Ethics of Photography – Nature August 7, 2019
    Whilst it is a little bit more in the background right now, I am continuing to work on the Ethics project. As a reminder, I ...
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  • Arles Inspiration August 6, 2019
    I finally got around to creating  gallery of images from Arles. So many points of inspiration, particularly for installations. I noted a couple that really ...
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  • Archives August 6, 2019
    For both the book and the exhibition, I want to illustrate some of the history of Cambodia, and especially the Khmer Rouge years.. My own ...
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  • Reportage August 6, 2019
    It has been  little while, but I was asked to shoot last evening’s Bath for Europe event, featuring Lord Andrew Adonis (ex labour Minister, Vice-Chair of ...
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  • Week Nine Reflections – Frome Festival August 5, 2019
    Small wins – but I noted before how much I enjoyed shooting the Frome Festival events. It is a little late, but I wanted to ...
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  • At the mercy of HM Government … August 4, 2019
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  • PhotoBath Showcase 4 August 4, 2019
    The curation team have chosen four of my images for the upcoming Showcase book, with a different selection to the RPS Contemporary Group. I need ...
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  • Without Honor – Arnold J Isaacs August 2, 2019
    The U.S. intervention was a military, political strategic, and moral catastrophe for which only Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, not the acts of ...
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  • RPS Contemporary Group August 2, 2019
    I had noted in May that the RPS Contemporary Group planned to publish some of my work. Well, on returning from Rencontres d’Arles and vacation, ...
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  • Week Eight Reflections July 28, 2019
    This was our first visit to Rencontres d’Arles, and it will not be the last. A terrific experience. The venues and presentation puts Paris Photo, ...
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  • Week Seven Reflections July 23, 2019
    Belated reflection, as we are enjoying a family holiday then a trip to Rencontres d’Arles to meet the Falmouth group. For many reasons, the Netherlands has ...
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  • Angkor Chum July 18, 2019
    One story that will not feature in the book is one that concerns our family. It also is an exercise in rephotography, in the sense ...
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  • FMP Proposal feedback from Wendy July 17, 2019
    Had a good conversation with Wendy of my proposal for FMP. Feedback was good, and I think the proposal (and project) was well received. Wendy ...
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  • First Book Spreads July 16, 2019
    The content of the book is coming along, and Vicky has been doing some design layouts, which look great. This evening, she created a series of ...
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  • Lukas Birk Webinar July 16, 2019
    Terrific webinar today with Lukas Birk, hosted by Gary. Lukas was really helpful to me last year as I was starting to think my way ...
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  • Week Six Reflections July 14, 2019
    It has been a busy week. First, I have made some progress on the book editing, with a final story from Sarath. Vicky has also made ...
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  • A Sense of Place July 13, 2019
    I have been reading James Tyner’s book, The Killing of Cambodia: Geography, Genocide and the Unmasking of Space. It is well established that in defining Year Zero, ...
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  • James Tyner – The Killing of Cambodia – Notes July 12, 2019
    Book Notes Chapter 1: Imaging Genocide Can we define Genocide? Mick Q: Am I structuralist or post-structuralist? Mick Q: Role of power/knowledge nexus in ethical framework ‘Given that knowledge is ...
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  • Deleuze, Time and Archives July 12, 2019
    Gilles Deleuze is both an influential, original philosopher – and a hard one to totally ‘get’. Frankly, before the MA I had paid only passing ...
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  • What I Love To Do … Part 2 July 10, 2019
    Music gigs. As I noted in the weekend reflections, I am doing some work right now, reporting on the Frome Festival. The Coral are still quite ...
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  • Week Five Reflections – What I Love to Do July 7, 2019
    Events, getting mixed in with people, getting close, trying to capture the atmosphere. That is my reflection this week. The local camera group have been asked ...
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  • PhotoBath – ‘Witness’ Exhibition July 6, 2019
    For this year’s PhotoBath group exhibition, Witness, they have used an outside judging panel. From the Unfinished Stories work that I offered, the curators accepted ...
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  • Jeff Hays – A ‘New’ Source of Information July 4, 2019
    It is terrific when one find new sources of information on Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, even though I am reasonably well acquainted with a ...
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  • Sarath – Earliest Photographs July 3, 2019
    Sarath and his family destroyed any photographs they had during the Khmer Rouge years, for fear of being interrogated about their past. He has been ...
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Informing Contexts Posts
  • Informing Contexts – Grades – Where To, Now? May 31, 2019
    I have just received the grades for Informing Contexts – 69% overall, pretty much in line with Sustainable Prospects,  Surfaces & Strategies and Positions and ...
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  • Week Twelve Reflections – Gilbert Ryle April 29, 2019
    My practice has changed, and my understanding of photography has deepened. So, a good end to Informing Contexts. As this is also the end of ...
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  • Old Dog, New Tricks April 28, 2019
    I learnt photography shooting film, and quite often still use it today. I find it a restful, more mindful way of taking photographs. Years ago I ...
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  • Todd Heisler – Final Salute April 25, 2019
    I was reading Hariman and Lucaites The Public Image, and came across a picture by Todd Heisler, in the header. Heisler won the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes ...
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  • Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay April 25, 2019
    This brilliant and insightful movie has just been made available on YouTube. For anyone that hasn’t seen it. From the United Nations of Photography announcement about making ...
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  • Informing Contexts – Assignments April 24, 2019
    All submitted, this morning. Mick Yates. 2018. Choeung Ek (The Killing Fields). The opening statement from my Critical Review: I am documenting the personal stories of people that ...
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  • Allan Sekula – Fish Story, and Critical Realism April 22, 2019
    Allan Sekula was one of the most influential documentarians working in the late 20th Century. An incisive critic, he also was part of the re-imagining ...
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  • Realism and Imagination April 20, 2019
    This week has been focused on completing the Critical Review. The recent Oral Presentation was well received, although I knew that for the CR, I ...
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  • Jungle Guard April 19, 2019
    Jungle Guard, directed by Makara Ouch, in his work with the Cambodian Sleuk Rith Institute (founded by Youk Chhang, of DC-Cam), will be released in ...
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  • Afterwards April 16, 2019
    I thought that I had posted about Afterwards before, but somehow it got missed. It was one of the first books that I bought, early ...
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  • Notre Dame Fire April 16, 2019
    Most of us will have got the news about the terrible fire via video. On Twitter, my usual source for breaking news, citizen journalist pictures ...
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  • Infrared in Colour April 15, 2019
    I am finally getting around to looking at the colour versions of the images I took on my the last Cambodia trip. In an earlier post, ...
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  • Week Eleven Reflections – Pictures at an Exhibition April 14, 2019
    The past couple of weeks have been full of gallery visits – Don McCullin, Vincent Van Gogh and Diane Arbus. Dave Heath was at the ...
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  • Webinar – Michelle, Andrew and colours April 11, 2019
    Quick but very productive webinar today. I noted the feedback on my Oral Presentation, suggesting less on the background and more on the critical thinking behind ...
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  • Coleridge, Imagination and Fancy April 11, 2019
    In thinking through the upcoming critical review, I realise that I have been working in two parallel directions. First, my photography has become increasingly abstract, traces of what ...
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  • Susan Sontag – Quotes from ‘On Photography’ April 10, 2019
    Quite frankly, I am not a fan of Susan Sontag. I find her work lacking in academic rigour, and very prone to deeply personal judgment ...
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  • John Berger – Notes April 10, 2019
    Chapter 1 .. seeing ‘Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognises before it can speak’. (pg. 7). ‘The way we see things is affected by ...
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  • Towards a Critical Review April 9, 2019
    I am collecting some of the most inspirational and appropriate quotes from my research, as used in various CRJ posts over the past 15 months, with the references or ...
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  • Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept April 9, 2019
    ‘Helmut Newton finally saw Cartier-Bresson again last year, when Vanity Fair asked Cartier-Bresson to shoot a portrait of Newton for a portfolio by photographers older ...
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  • Informing Contexts – Oral Presentation – Feedback April 9, 2019
    From Pierre: Well done video Mick. Good to see your journey from where it began to where it is now.  The painterly influence never goes away, it ...
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  • Marx and Aesthetics April 8, 2019
    Karl Marx (1818-1883) has continued to be influential in many schools of philosophy, including aesthetics – even though he did not publish a specific treatise ...
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  • Week Ten Reflections April 7, 2019
    Several days were taken up ‘looking’ at art and photography, this past week. I separately posted about the McCullin show – just brilliant. I won’t ...
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  • Setting Sun – Quotes – Part Two April 7, 2019
    MEDIA Introduction ‘In postwar Japan, the photograph in its truest form is widely understood to be a reproduction imprint. It might almost be said that the fine-art ...
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  • Setting Sun – Quotes – Part One April 7, 2019
    Quotes and notes: INTRODUCTION Anne Wilkes Tucker Daido Moriyama states that photography is ‘ .. not a social business, but personal work’. (pg 18) Tucker comments: ‘There is no separation ...
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  • Informing Contexts – Oral Presentation April 7, 2019
     Partly because of some misguided feedback at the Falmouth F2F, and partly because I felt a need to ‘go back the beginning’ to explain my ...
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  • Don McCullin April 5, 2019
    Ingrid and I have seen a lot of exhibitions over the years, but the current Don McCullin show at Tate Britain really rates as one ...
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  • Week Nine Reflections – The Two Headed Monster March 31, 2019
    There has always been at least two Micks. There is the artist, the poet, the dreamer. And there is the logician, the business-person, the practical problem solver. Where ...
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  • Interview with Mak Remissa March 31, 2019
    Mak Remissa is arguably the most successful and important photographer working in Cambodia today. He is a working photojournalist, and is heavily involved in the ...
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  • My Artistic Practice vs. My Photographic Practice March 30, 2019
    Right from the beginning of the MA, in fact even a bit before it started, I wrote about Landscape. Given the way that my Cambodian ...
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  • Baudrillard and Simulacrum March 29, 2019
    Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) wrote: ‘Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin ...
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  • Feeling a little frustrated March 28, 2019
    There is some kind of irony in the fact that, just as I (and others) feel that I am making some real breakthroughs in the ...
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  • Charles Baudelaire March 27, 2019
    Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821 – 1867) was a French poet, essayist, art critic, and a translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His work reflected the changing ...
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  • Edward Kienholz – The Beanery March 26, 2019
    Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) is one of my favourite artists, any media. The Beanery is a life size, walk-in assemblage, and it is often considered his ...
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  • Week Eight Reflections March 25, 2019
    There is much to be said for clearing the cobwebs from the mind. There is even more to be said for getting away from the ...
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  • The University of Leeds March 21, 2019
    I have been a Visiting Professor at Leeds, my Alma Mater, for the last 8 years, working with the Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and ...
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  • Pictures and Words March 17, 2019
    Robert Frank said, ‘Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference, and it is important to see what is invisible to others’. (cited ...
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  • Book Design March 17, 2019
    From the beginning of this project, I have been planned a book capturing the ‘Unfinished Stories’ of Sarath and family. Whether this is actually my ...
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  • Week Seven Reflections – Webinar with Michelle March 16, 2019
    In the critical reviews at the F2F, Michelle made several comments on the work I presented. On the colour work, she noticed some potential typologies – ...
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  • Responses & Responsibilities March 16, 2019
    James Elkins, in What Photography Is (2011), analyses photographs from 1905 of Lingqi, the Chinese ‘death by a thousand cuts’. (chapter 6, pg 177-220). I ...
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  • And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin March 14, 2019
    And I have known the eyes already, known them all, The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a ...
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  • Week Six Reflections March 12, 2019
    The Face-to-Face was, of course, both the highlight and the majority of the week. I really enjoyed the event – ‘The Living Image‘ content, group critiques, ...
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  • Week Five Reflections March 3, 2019
    I have two kinds of reflections this week. First, what happened on the last days of my Cambodian trip. And, second, where I stand with ...
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  • The Vernacular Landscape – and Intention March 2, 2019
    I do not consider landscape central to my practice, though like many others who started in photography with a lot of travel images, the genre ...
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  • Colour, Black & White or Infrared March 1, 2019
    On this last Cambodia trip, I was experimenting with infrared, being intrigued with its ‘ghost like’ properties. I shared a few quick images at the ...
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  • Ministry of Education February 27, 2019
    Beng Simeth, who was at Save the Children in Phnom Penh when we first started the program, has been the education program leader for the ...
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  • Week Four Reflections February 27, 2019
    This is a rather delayed post on last week’s reflections, as it has been a busy (thankfully, productive) trip, so these comments are in the ...
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  • Webinar February 22, 2019
    It was an interesting webinar yesterday with Michelle. Clive, Vincent and Peng were in the group. I shared two (early) sets of work from this trip. ...
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  • The Advertising Idea February 20, 2019
    Katherine Frith likens reading adverts to peeling an onion. She pinpoints three stages in reading adverts: The surface meaning The advertiser’s intended meaning and The cultural meaning. She concludes ...
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  • Week Three Reflections February 17, 2019
    As I write this, I am on Day 3 of a two week Cambodia trip, so most of my thought processes are focused on the ...
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  • Photographing the Holocaust – Janina Struk February 16, 2019
    I have just finished Janina Struk’s Photographing The Holocaust. Michelle Caswell’s Archiving the Unspeakable was ‘book of the year’ for me last year, Struk’s might ...
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  • Traces, Spaces, Faces, Places February 16, 2019
    With your peers, discuss whether you think the constructed photographs included in this session ‘lie’, the extent these photographs are fictional, and the methods you use to ‘interpret’ ...
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  • Facts and Ethics February 12, 2019
    Was chatting yesterday about Wittgenstein with a friend of mine who is a Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics at Leeds. Wittgenstein wrote, in the Tractatus, that ‘The ...
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  • Week Two Reflections February 10, 2019
    Whilst I am enjoying the research and writing, I admit to an increasing unease with some of the academic theories of photography. Hence my posts ...
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  • Congruence February 9, 2019
    In my post on Index and Icon, I noted the idea of congruence – defined when two things are in agreement, have harmony, conformity, or correspondence ...
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  • The Index and the Icon February 8, 2019
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was an early semiotician. His work was based on the pursuit of scientific and logical truth, and he developed his semiotics ...
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  • Olympus Infrared Experiments February 7, 2019
    I have just received the converted Olympus OM-D 10, converted to 720nm, as previously noted.  Here is a reference set of images. First, a straight colour ...
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  • A Question of Authenticity February 6, 2019
    In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes states that ‘From a phenomenological viewpoint, in the photograph, the power of authentication exceeds the power of representation‘. (Camera Lucida: pg 89) In ...
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  • Las Meninas February 4, 2019
    I am intrigued by the way that Velazquez’ Las Meninas has been used as inspiration through the years. The painting itself seems to meet most of ...
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  • Walter Benjamin – The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction February 3, 2019
    Walter Benjamin’s work is refreshing, in his attempt to deal with photography as a unique medium, rather than transpose the traditions of painting and sculpture ...
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  • Photography, Photographies February 3, 2019
    This week’s task: Post a brief commentary below that identifies the inherent characteristics and contexts of the ‘photographic’ nature of your own practice. Specifically refer to ...
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  • IC Week One Reflections February 2, 2019
    It has been a good start to the new module, with a good range of intellectual content, and helpful first online discussions with Michelle and ...
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  • David Goldblatt February 2, 2019
    ‘I suppose at best, I had hoped we might see ourselves revealed, as it were, by a mirror held up to ourselves’ David Goldblatt, 2017. I was ...
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  • Soviet Holocaust Photography January 29, 2019
    I have just been reading a paper written by David Shneer, in the Humanity Journal, 2014, University of Pennsylvania. Shneer discusses the approach taken by ...
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  • Reflections on my Photographic Practice January 22, 2019
    Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. I provided  a reasonably thorough review of my photography in my ...
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  • Provoke January 22, 2019
    The Japanese photo magazine ‘Provoke’ only published three issues, in 1968 and 1969. It was a rejection of many of the then-prevailing ‘global’ photographic norms. ...
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  • Nobuo Ina – Return to Photography January 21, 2019
    I have just been reading Return to Photography, by Nobuo Ina (1898-1978). Ina was influenced by thinking on photography emanating from Germany (Bauhaus et al). ...
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  • A Book Brief January 18, 2019
    In 2019, I plan to publish a book in Cambodia, about Sarath and family’s ‘Unfinished Stories’. Printing capability is competent but not sophisticated in the ...
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  • Infrared Photography January 17, 2019
    As referenced in my last Oral Presentation, I want to develop my ‘negative traces’ work using different photographic techniques. For the Sustainable Prospects Work in ...
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  • The Photographic Message – Roland Barthes January 16, 2019
    I wrote about Camera Lucida at the beginning of the MA. As I concluded then, I found it rather depressing. The Photographic Message, an essay in Image ...
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  • Nine Inspirations January 13, 2019
    One of the vacation exercises is to comment on nine inspirations. So, here goes. 1. Annemarie Prins. I have only recently discovered her work, through conversations ...
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  • Cultural Context January 13, 2019
    Almost all of this MA program to date uses a European / American ‘gaze’, in its choice of reading and referenced photographers – even the ...
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  • Offering Critique January 13, 2019
    Last autumn I decided to join the local Frome Wessex Camera Club, something I had not done before, as I am not a ‘competition’ person, ...
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  • What is Street Photography? January 2, 2019
    I have an ongoing project to digitise my film archives, which has been a bit interrupted by the MA. So a 2019 resolution is to ...
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  • The Best of 2018 December 30, 2018
    In the Sustainable Prospects module, we covered the power of social media, within which I assessed my current position and conducted some Instagram promotional experiments. As I ...
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  • Artist’s Statements – Part Two December 30, 2018
    I have written an earlier post on Artist’s Statements. I then posted links to this on Facebook, and asked for input, the ‘wisdom of the ...
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  • Ain’t no Shame in my Game December 29, 2018
    I used to do a lot of street photography, although most recently I have been a little bored by it – in the sense that ...
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  • Artist’s Statements December 29, 2018
    Arty Bollocks has an ‘Instant Artists Statement Generator‘ … and here is an example: ‘My work explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and vegetarian ethics. With ...
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  • Dorothea Lange December 19, 2018
    A while back I was asked to make a short presentation to the PhotoBath group on an image that has always inspired me. It didn’t take ...
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  • How John Berger changed our way of seeing art – Yasmin Gunaratnam & Vikki Bell December 16, 2018
    Berger considered how through history and visual representation the male gaze has constrained women. John Berger’s Ways of Seeing Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths, University of London and Vikki ...
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Positions & Practice Posts
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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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. ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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’. ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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’ ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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Sustainable Prospects Posts
  • Sustainable Prospects – Grades – Where To, Now? January 14, 2019
    I have just received the grades for Sustainable Prospects – 70% overall, Distinction level, I assume, which is pretty much in line with Surfaces & ...
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  • The Best of 2018 December 30, 2018
    In the Sustainable Prospects module, we covered the power of social media, within which I assessed my current position and conducted some Instagram promotional experiments. As I ...
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  • Whisky and Photography December 15, 2018
    Had quite an interesting exchange on Facebook in the last couple of days, which started off with me posting a picture of one of my ...
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  • Reflections at Year End December 11, 2018
    On Monday, 10th December, I did a presentation at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, noted here. It was entitled Cambodia – Unfinished Stories, A ...
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  • Infrared December 11, 2018
    One of my action steps for 2019 is to explore other ways of rendering my traces / negatives, and that includes infrared. I am particularly ...
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  • Week Twelve Reflections – Street Photography, my evolution December 9, 2018
    About 5 years ago, I decided to take street photography a bit more seriously. I got involved with various groups (such as the Leica Meet), ...
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  • BRLSI Presentation December 9, 2018
    The presentation to the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Society is tomorrow evening, and I am putting the finishing touches to the materials. I have created ...
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  • Documentary Photography – Quotes December 7, 2018
    In preparation for my Oral Presentation, I posted some quotes that I have found inspiring over the years. After writing about my practice, I thought I would ...
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  • Week Eleven Reflections – Professional Location of Practice December 6, 2018
    For this week’s reflections, I want to discuss my Practice, and where it is going. Following on from the ‘Let’s Talk Business‘ and ‘Back to the Beginning ...
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  • Sustainable Prospects – Work Complete December 5, 2018
    The work for the module is complete, with the Work in Progress. 1. Work in Progress – A Prayer from Hell:https://www.mickyatesphotography.com/Showcase I have also prepared a PDF ...
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  • A Conversation on ‘Reality’ December 5, 2018
    I am going to start this (overly long) post with my conclusions: Photography always has and always will depict a constructed reality. Photography is, like all art ...
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  • Beyond the Shadows – Judy Glickman Lauder December 4, 2018
    Judy Glickman Lauder married Leonard Lauder, the cosmetics magnate, in 2015. But that is not why I am writing this post. Glickman Lauder is a photographer, ...
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  • Sustainable Prospects Oral Presentation December 4, 2018
     Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. Whilst I expressed the same thoughts in my first Oral Presentation, ...
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  • A Prayer from Hell – BRLSI talk December 4, 2018
    I am giving a presentation next week to the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, entitled ‘Unfinished Stories from Cambodia’. The subtitle is ‘A Prayer from ...
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  • Week Ten Reflections December 2, 2018
    With all the focus on the Oral Presentation and the Work in Progress, it would be easy to not step back and reflect. Also, there ...
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  • Experimentation December 2, 2018
    I have been revisiting the work of Daido Moriyama and Antony Cairns. And Gary suggested I also look at Osamu James Nakagawa. In my Work in ...
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  • Daido Moriyama – Record December 2, 2018
    Daido Moriyama, when history is written, will be noted as one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Japanese photography has always interested me, even before ...
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  • Working on Oral Presentation – Quotes November 24, 2018
    I made a presentation last year to PhotoBath on Iconic Images, with Richard Young. Some of the quotes seem even more appropriate  now, as I consider where I want ...
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  • Week Nine Reflections – Reconciliation November 23, 2018
    My main reflections at the moment are about reconciliation. First, how to I reconcile my work in Cambodia as a photographer, with that of an educator? ...
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  • S-21 Data November 21, 2018
    Youk Chhang, of DC-Cam (Documentation Center of Cambodia), provided me with data coming from research associated with the UN sponsored Tribunal. In a 2017 email, he ...
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  • Website November 20, 2018
    I have long treated my website more as a repository of my work than as a focused ‘shop window’. Whilst I am happy with, and have ...
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  • Week Eight Reflections – Work in Progress Reviews November 17, 2018
    This summarises feedback from Jesse, Wendy and Krishna on my WIP portfolio, and my project in general. Paris (10th Nov) As background, I introduced the project like ...
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  • Unfinished Stories from Cambodia – A Prayer from Hell November 16, 2018
    I have been asked to do a talk at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, on December 10th. I was approached to do this ...
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  • Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in Cambodia’s ‘Nuremberg’ moment November 16, 2018
    From the Guardian (November 16 2018): Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea are the two most senior living leaders of regime that presided over deaths of at ...
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  • Tell a Story November 15, 2018
    This week’s exercise is ‘tell a newspaper story in 5-7 images’. As I have just come back from Cambodia, trying to do something very similar, here ...
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  • 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. Here’s my reflections ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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. ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Discordia – Moises Saman October 21, 2018
    Moises Saman is an American / Spanish photojournalist, and a member of Magnum. I just got a copy of his 2016 book, Discordia. It is perhaps the ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Punctum is a Duration – Jacques Derrida October 18, 2018
    I have been wandering through the pages of Fifty Key Writers on Photography (edited by Mark Durden), and was stopped by Derrida. He argues that Barthes‘ ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • David Salle October 17, 2018
    So why should I be fascinated with David Salle’s work? On the one hand, his figurative, painterly (pictorial?) style was a welcome break from conceptual art ...
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  • Mango Flowers and Fruits – Sarath October 16, 2018
    The second fully-translated ‘story’ from Sarath. …………………………….. This is a story about the time just before being liberated from the Khmer Rouge (in 1979). The lives of ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Digital … October 14, 2018
    Just to get something off my chest. I have been reading a few books on the ‘digital revolution’, and almost all manage to use the word ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Begin at the Beginning – My Photographic DNA 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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. ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Let’s Talk Business October 3, 2018
    We have been asked to write a business statement for our photography. Mission My work is ‘Unfinished Stories’. Life is always in motion, every moment creates a ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • SP Week One Reflections September 29, 2018
    Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic (from ‘Why We Do it‘), said: ‘I have spent my entire professional life creating, editing, critiquing or teaching photography ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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’. 
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  • Seven Day Challenge September 28, 2018
    This week’s activity is from Michael Christopher Brown, an American photographer represented by Magnum Photos. He has gained an international reputation, especially for his documentation ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • David Hurn – A Life in Pictures September 23, 2018
    Just finally catching up with the excellent documentary on David Hurn from the BBC. It only has a few hours left to be available – ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • David Hume – Photography’s Patron Philosopher? September 12, 2018
    David Hume has been a ‘philosophical hero’ since I was a teenager. Here’s a quote (in classical, sceptical, style) which illustrates partly why that is: Hume ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Bill Jay – ‘Occam’s Razor’ September 2, 2018
    Bill Jay (1940-2009) is a favourite writer, partly because of his acute insight into photographers (as opposed to photography), but mainly because of his love ...
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  • 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 ...
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