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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. ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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). ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • Adding Voice October 10, 2019 Sarath sent me the voiceovers for all of the images in the set. I have created a clip of the first three.  I think this is very ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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, ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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. ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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. ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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). ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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, ... Read more...
  • Stereotypes and Navajo August 9, 2019 I have just finished reading Photography’s Other Histories, edited by Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson. It is a well-researched work covering a lot of ground ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • At the mercy of HM Government … August 4, 2019 Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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, ... Read more...
  • 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, ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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, ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • 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 ... Read more...
  • Cambodia Historical Timeline July 2, 2019 I have completed a thorough update of the historical timeline, cross checked with multiple official and academic sources. I expect to use the most relevant items ... Read more...
  • Roland Neveu July 1, 2019 Roland Neveu, a journalist born in Brittany, and now living in Bangkok, took many iconic photographs of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh, in ... Read more...
  • Week Four Reflections July 1, 2019 I would be the first to admit that I went through a bit of a lull starting the FMP. It was not about the (big, ... Read more...
  • Book Page Dimensions July 1, 2019 I have just agreed terms with the printer in Cambodia. One aspect I am re-thinking a little is page dimensions. I need to creates something substantial, ... Read more...
  • Jae Emerling – Archives and Time July 1, 2019 At Gary’s recommendation, I have been reading Jae Emerling, particularly on time and archives, as being highly appropriate for my FMP. Whilst I find Emerling’s style ... Read more...
  • Legal Complexities – the ECCC June 30, 2019 In 2003 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution approving a proposed agreement reached between the UN and Cambodia concerning the prosecution of those ... Read more...
  • DC-Cam Archives June 30, 2019 As part of the FMP Installation, I intend to have a section on the history of the Khmer Rouge. The Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam), ... Read more...
  • Anthony Luvera & Collaboration June 29, 2019 I enjoyed this week’s lecture by Anthony Luvera. He has a socially-engaged practice, usually involving some form of community photography. As such, he has a lot of ... Read more...
  • Feedback on Journalistic Ethics June 27, 2019 Feedback on my Journalistic Ethics post from Paul Clements and Gary McLeod. Paul: Such a coincidence that only last week I was talking about Joan Diddion’s book ... Read more...
  • Journalist Ethics June 26, 2019 The photograph in the header shows Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 26, and his 23 month old daughter Valeria, lying face down in shallow water on the ... Read more...
  • Cambodian History June 25, 2019 As part of any installation, public discussion or book, I need to ensure that the presentation of the facts of history are totally correct. This ... Read more...
  • Week Three Reflections June 24, 2019 The week was focused on two things – getting the Final Major Project proposal finished, and working on the book content and timetable. Working through the ... Read more...
  • Practical Aesthetics June 24, 2019 I have been continuing to look at the final processing of the infrared images, prompted by the PhotoBath curation team’s decision to include 4 of ... Read more...
  • FMP Project Proposal June 22, 2019 Submitted the Proposal, timeline and Risk assessment Downloadable here: FMP Final Project Proposal & Risk Assessment ………………….. Header: Mick Yates. 2001. Ta Prohm, Angkor. Read more...
  • Print Exploration June 22, 2019 For a few years, I have used Loxley Colour in Scotland as my exhibition printer, and they are the provider for any customer orders taken ... Read more...