Taking Night photos in London :-)

I had so much fun taking night photos at night in London because it allowed me to expand more on the different aspects of taking photos in a variety of conditions around London. By taking these photos it allowed me to make references to various artist’s and photographers such as John Stezaker, Emma Mcnally and Laure Prouvost. In my view, by relating my photos to these artists and photographers styles of work, it allowed me to see later on how I could manipulate my work to have a response to the artist’s work. Furthermore it allowed me to question myself whilst taking these photos. In addition by relating my ideas to these artists it has helped me to question myself on certain aspects such as, what areas in London would I like to photograph in at night and why? It has allowed me to see what types of photographic technology would I use for example, canon camera’s, SLR camera’s. By looking more into these ideas it has demonstrated to me would I zoom in and out more?, would I take the shot from an angle?, would I fade it?, would I add movement to it? By taking these ideas on board it has helped me to look more into both the meaning  and content of the work I do. In my opinion by doing this it will allow me to come across many different decisions to figure out what meaning I would like to have and what the purpose of the content is. Here are some examples of my night photos in London.

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Mirrorcity Exhibition Hayward Gallery- Southbank

Having the experience of the London artists at the Hayward Gallery, I really enjoyed experiencing different artworks which related to digital age and how humans responded to it. Having looked through various artists such as, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Emma McNally, Michael Dean, Helen Marten etc. It allowed me to have a new and exciting vision of where I wanted to take my art next. Having looked at the precise effects of Mohammed’s work which looked like the human hand was not shown of the sculptures because of fascinating precision it demonstrated. It instantly due me to write about two of these artists (Mohammed and Emma) within my essay, which questioned, how does medium to an extent show the meaning within the experience of a piece of artwork? By relating these two artists to this question, it allowed me to research a various amount of videos, books, websites to see how I could dig deeper into this question (finding the purity).


Furthermore by visiting the Mirrorcity exhibition it allowed me to have an experience of artworks that I wouldn’t normally look into. By doing this it allowed me to question myself on things for instance, what types of new materials should I use? How broad could I be when encountering a new method which involved the idea of sculpture? It was fun questioning myself when going around the how exhibition because it allowed me to have different ideas popping up, which in my mind I would like to explore. I felt that it went well doing this, because it helped me to have an idea of what problems and successes I may come across when thinking about exploring the idea of sculpture.  In my view it made me think about combining both sculpture and painting together and see how that would turn out. It also allowed me to have a change to my work, become more explorative, don’t feel scared if something turns out wrong, keep on trying and never give up. What I have learnt about the materials and processes used by the artists is, the way some of them use precision to the upmost best so  that towards the viewer it seems sharp and clean. By learning this, it demonstrated to me to have a think about what decisions I may come across when experimenting with the idea of sculpture and in how many directions I would like to take this process in.

  • Would I use ceramics?
  • Would I combine a variety of processes to create a sculpture of the unexpected?
  • How would I like the sculpture to transform itself so that it communicates directly to the audience?
  • What communications would the audience gain from the sculpture I have created?
  • How many decisions would I make before coming to the final idea?
  • What problems would I encounter and how would I resolve them?
  • What should I focus on? How would I get of the narrow road I’m on?

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Pick up a pencil workshop at the National Portrait Gallery (Saturday 20th December)

I really enjoyed doing the pick up a pencil workshop at the National Portrait Gallery. This is because, it allowed me to become more free on the ideas that I wanted to produce. By doing this workshop it allowed me to create an exploration of different styles of Christmas decorations that I wanted to show to the audience. With the use of different materials with the influence of William Morris, it allowed me to transform snowflakes with a variety of patterns that were given to us. I would carry on this idea further because it has helped me to move on and try out a different medium within sculptural ideas. In my idea by carry on practicing 3D sculptural elements it will allow me to feel more comfortable in what I am trying to show towards the audience.  Also by doing these ideas it has allowed me to not only base it on one theme for example “pain”, “isolation” etc. It has allowed me to become more explorative of my work and base it on what I feel within both my heart and mind. By doing this, it will allow me to get off the narrow road which I seem to be on at the moment and become more of a risk taker. No matter if things go work, don’t work out into the style I wanted it to be in at least I’ve had the experience and can get to what I’ve wanted. it’s about the purity, the ambition, the practice, the experience, is what I want to achieve. Here are some examples of the work I did at the National Portrait Gallery.

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In my view by practicing these ideas it allowed me to break free because, it allowed me to have a stronger feel in encountering a new processes/ technique. My idea has developed because of the way that I decided to become more explorative of the way I created the snowflakes. This involved having a deeper look into the pattern of the snowflakes, how they followed on another, the style of the snowflakes and how they would all form together. I would use this approach again because, by practicing this idea through paper it has allowed me to have a think about, how would it look in ceramics, metal or wood.  The feedback from my tutor has been really helpful, this is due to the idea of becoming more expansive with my work meaning be more willing to take risks. Also even if it goes wrong from that idea see how it can be developed. I have questioned myself on ideas such as,

  • What would the relationship be between your work and the audience?
  • H ow would the audience engage in your work?
  • What responses would you get from the audience?
  • How can I be more informative about my work?
  • What approaches would I like to use again?
  • What elements might I discard?
  • What theories and ideas do I have towards the idea that I have made?

BA Fine Art Exhibition Show- 2/12/14

The BA Fine Art exhibition show was definitely one that I was truly inspired by. This is because there were so many inspiring pieces of art that truly amazed me due to the fact of the various styles of painting, photography, installations used within the exhibition. As I walked around the exhibition it was amazing how many pieces instantly grabbed your attention and would have you question them. To me some of the questions that came up were, why were they colours used? why was it placed like this? What intentions and aims did these artists have to come to this final conclusion? By coming to these various amount of questions it allowed me to relate back to my own work and see in what ways would I like to take it further. Here are some of the works that I was deeply inspired by.

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When looking through I variety of different pieces it was great looking at how various types of intensity and soft qualities had been used within the works. Furthermore when listening to some of the audio it allowed me to become more connected to the art who had produced the work which I found very organic and symbolic. The reason why I felt this was because it allowed me to feel the meaning of the work and see how original and personal the work was which I found very touching and emotional. Here are some more examples of some more work from the BA Fine Art Exhibition.

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Furthermore when exploring around different parts of the exhibition from the triangle space to the cookhouse it allowed me to see how each part of the artworks told its own story which helped me to travel through different moments of time, lifestyles and memories. In addition by doing this it allowed me to gain a range of different meanings and aspects of each piece of work and imagining how it different from stage 1 to the final outcome.  In my view I really liked how some of the pieces had a cinematic feel towards them and allowed you to interpret your own story towards them. Here are some more examples from artwork in the BA Fine Art first year exhibition.

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In my opinion I thought that the BA Fine Art exhibition was a huge success because of the diverse styles of art which were shown within the exhibition which hugely engaged me as I walked through each section of it. It was great listening to people’s conversations along the way which allowed me to see which aspects of art they liked and what questions they had towards it. The environment within the exhibition was quite inviting if I say myself because everyone engaged with everyone and it was great seeing how certain kinds of art engaged with each other and how everyone instantly engaged with each other. By experiencing this it allowed me to see how different types of art can be social, economic, political, environmental and can be displayed in many different ways to show how our society is developing more and more. Here are some more examples of works from the BA Fine Art Exhibition (Year 1).

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Also by doing this exhibition with other students on the course it has allowed me to broaden my knowledge on different ideas related to art and it has allowed me to become more of a risk taker when producing pieces of artwork. Furthermore by contributing to the exhibition it has allowed me to see what other pathways I can take to develop my work further and talking to other students on the course has also helped to contribute to it. In my view I really like how I can interact with different pieces of artworks, observe them closely and visual in my mind how they can develop further. Here are some more examples of other pieces of work from the BA Fine Art exhibition.

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By being part of the exhibition it helped me to gain a range of different experiences for example, collaborating with other students to make decisions about how works should be placed and how could the whole exhibition be displayed towards the viewer. In my view by doing this it allowed me to gain more confidence, have ideas about expanding and developing how exhibitions I do are going to be produced. In my opinion I would carry on these methods and engage more with sharing my ideas towards other students so that we all expand, develop and motivate ourselves to keep on generating more  great ideas.  Here are some example of my work from the exhibition taken from a range of different angles.

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