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  • 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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  • Hope December 15, 2019
    Saturday December 14th was last day of Week 24, or was it the first day post MA? Unfinished Stories: From Genocide to Hope has been running ...
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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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  • 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 ...
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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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