Assignment 4-Reworked and Commentary.


After reworking this assignment and closely looking at my tutors comments I can see how much I have missed in my original submitted assignment. The questions posed to me in the feedback where legitimate and once reading my account again I could see the disjointed aspect of my writing.

I feel I have now looked further into the pieces and after researching Roland Barthes words about photographs it all seemed to click. I hope I have explained myself more clearly and my examples of what Hockney may have saw and felt when making Pearl Blossom Highway 2 are enriched as coming away from an assignment for a few months and then looking at it again really does help.

I have taken parts out that didn’t make any sense to either myself or my tutor or parts that needed elaboration. On further reading I felt these parts had no place and didn’t structure well within the writing. Such as;

‘Looking at the artwork it is very well put together and I couldn’t work out at first whether it was a painting, a collage of photographs or a collage of photographs photographed and then painted.’

‘I think he has captured the landscape of the desert and the feel of having a driver side view even though he wasn’t driving really well.’

This is just a mess with too many words and no real form or function to it. The ‘driving not very well’ part was from the story about him being a passenger in the car and how the driver was driving quite badly. This didn’t fit with the original question and offered no explanation or meaning so it was taken out.

I feel the writing flows better and answers the assignments original question.

I have added better references and have shown where pieces of information have come from as again there were missing parts and sentences with no distinction as to where they had come from.



Conclusion to Part 4- Assignment 4.

I have been quite astounded at times throughout this fourth part at how little I know and how much I had forgotten about photography. There are a lot of photographers and artists I had completely forgotten about and also ones I had never come across before. I was convinced that I would do OK throughout this part but I found out quite soon that I knew not as half as much as I thought.

hockney_my_mother_Bolton_Abbey_Yorkshire– accessed 19th May 2017

As I have worked through each project I know I have been down at times at having to read and then re-read what was asked but then once I had  started to research more I felt I got a better grasp of things. I liked the holiday photo project as it made me revisit lots of images I had buried away and it was a nice feeling to look at them and answer the question  ‘How do they make you feel?’

I found by researching the origins of The Photobus by Daniel Meadows, it brought me into a whole new realm of photographers I had never heard of and whose work I now truly love  just from researching further, such as Richard Billingham and John Davies.

I really like my learning log now and I like to use it to show things I wouldn’t normally. Even just a few pictures from a day out that I like or have felt were interesting to me.       I find I want to post them as it is part of the whole learning and documenting process. I recently visited the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool and I spent most of the time looking for the public art pieces. I was so excited to look at the John Piper glass that is throughout it, that when I got home I had taken over 100 pictures of it. It is things like this that make me like my camera again and although I won’t keep them all, sometimes it is just good to take yourself out for the day and find something you like, photograph it and find out about its history.

I think I have gained a lot from this part and it has been quite cathartic at times but it has also made me look and research further to find more about things that have sparked my interest. I found that just one photographers image on an internet search has led me to find so much more. I think this is what is so good about photography, there is always something to see, even if you think it has all been done or you have already seen it, you are only ever scratching the surface.

I am looking forward to Part 5 Textiles very much as it is something I am interested in for further courses and I am curious to find out more and how the initial processes make it all work together.


Exercise 3- An Elevated Viewpoint.

Derek Trillo, The Cheshire Plain from Beeston Castle, 2008.

The viewpoint of the Cheshire Plain shows you elements of the land that you wouldn’t normally see. The split in the field and the colours of the earth, the small hollows of trees together that you can see more clearly, the shape and the height is present from a higher view. At ground level you wouldn’t know how big things are, the square of trees wouldn’t be as pronounced, neither would the line in the ground showing the different colours of the earth. You would see it from a ground point but you wouldn’t see the scale of it or its differences.

City View – OCA Student – Peter Mansell

The city view gives the height of the tower blocks and the scale of the areas surrounding it. You can see a main road and a tiny bus on it so wherever this was taken is quite high up. It gives you a feeling of space and how much the city and its buildings are sprawled around. If the picture was taken from a ground level then I suppose you would be looking up at things. The streets would be in lines and the buildings would be closer together and a feeling of being closed in may happen. You would see and hear and feel things, more colour and a mixture of different shops, business and housing.

John Davies, Agecroft Power Station, Salford, 1983.


Agecroft Colliery, Salford 1983-– accessed 22nd May 2017.

I love power stations and cooling towers. I think they are wonderful concrete marvels and as this picture was taken when I was one and it has since been demolished I feel an affinity with the towers as they aren’t that far from where I live and I will have to imagine them through pictures.

By taking the picture of the cooling towers from a distance you can see the surrounding land and the scale of how big the power station was. It looks gritty and industrial but with life carrying on all around it. The cars, the football match, what looks like the river beside it.

The outlying countryside that surrounds it looks peaceful and full of nature and life. Everything just carries on with the towers in view.

I looked further into the cooling towers and there is a bit about them here-

and here-

and here-

all websites accessed 22nd May 2017.


Project 3-Exercise 2- Holiday Photographs.

The motivation for me to take photographs these days is sadly lacking unless it is something I really want to see or remember or that catches my eye. For this exercise I have chosen a few images from holidays and places I have been that remind me of a certain time and place and how I felt when I was there.

I used to take a lot of photographs all the time, on film and then digital and with the advent of an iPhone I constantly for a long time took pictures everyday of everything I liked and saw. It was too easy. Then of course you get tired, you see the same things and you don’t necessarily want to be documenting everything all the time. I do get motivated more if I have been on a day trip somewhere and it is somewhere I haven’t been before. The days of taking 1000’s of photographs sadly got spoilt by being a wedding photographer for years so the overload was real. Having looked for images for this exercise I found some lovely ones that reminded me of why I was there, why I took them and I am glad that I have them.

This first image is from The Forbidden City in Beijing. It was the first time I had been to China and it was so alien and exciting. This picture was taken on the 2nd day I was there and it was all still sinking in, the enormity of the place, where I was and how grown up I suddenly felt. This was around closing time and suddenly it became really busy and I had to stop as I wanted to look at things rather than get carried by the crowds. It was October and very warm, the light was perfect and hazy and even though autumn was arriving it gave it a glow and a feeling of something special. I liked the many different tour groups as they were so busy and excited and they were probably seeing it for the first time like I was. It really was a lovely memorable day. I never thought much about this photograph at the time which is nearly ten years ago, but looking back over them I know I was enjoying taking pictures of things that were happening and what I was seeing without any real reason for it.


This is a picture taken inside a cake shop in Fontainebleau, France. It was a weekend trip I took with my mum to see Monet’s garden and Fontainebleau was one of the stops. Again it was early autumn and the light was beautiful all around the garden and it got better as the day went on. There was a big flea market in the square with everything I liked being sold and I had zero pennies and one suitcase. However I had enough pennies for two of these cakes and they were wonderful. It was a beautiful cake shop all gilt and mirrors and everybody was so swish, drinking coffee out of tiny cups. I look at this picture and I can smell the sugar and the coffee and hear the conversations happening. I don’t think it is a print worthy picture but one I have kept as part of the day and the trip as a whole.

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I have a sweet tooth obviously and this was taken on the quiet at the Christmas markets in Berlin. I was walking past and it was raining and very cold. I saw the light on the chocolates and the colours and just took a quick ‘through my coat’ picture and I think it turned out well really. I was going to buy one but at the time I had braces so I couldn’t. I like the lighting on this image as it’s quite harsh and bright, the colours are contrasting against it and I like the customer pointing out which one they would like.




Project 3- Exercise 1-Two Images.

As I do not have a telephoto/zoom lens due to selling it, my old 50mm 1.8 would have to do. As you have to move with your feet with a 50mm it is sort of like a zoom but your walking to your subjects. That is what I tell myself anyway.

I have chosen two pictures I took in Portsmouth about a two months ago of the news building in Hillsea. I have mentioned it HERE as part of my blog visits.


In the photograph above, taken with my 50mm standing in front of the building you can see the words NEWS spelled out in the mosaic, the concrete and the windows of the old office blocks. The viewer gets a sense of what it is, its size and the area surrounding it.


In the photograph above I walked nearer to the mosaic. I have focused on the middle part of it and here you can see the gold and red tiles more clearly than you could before. You don’t necessarily know what it is but you can see lettering and as a viewer to it you can make this out I think. You can also see where bits of it have fallen off over time and where the concrete is more pronounced. I would think if you didn’t have an interest in mosaics or anything like this you would find it very boring but to me it is lovely. As a viewer who hasn’t seen the first image you might think that it is a lot bigger than it looks, there isn’t really any references to what it is or where it is and I like this about it.



Project 3- A Sense of Place.

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer;
and often the supreme disappointment.”
(Adams, 1970, p.43)

By looking at the photographs of Whitby by Ian Berry, you can see immediately the sense of place within the images.


Ian Berry- G.B. ENGLAND. Yorkshire. Whitby. Elderly English woman playing cricket with her family on the beach. 1974– accessed 16th May 2017.

How would the images differ without any people in the images? How would this affect your sense of Whitby as a place?

If there weren’t any people in the above image the scene would be just of a boat floating out to sea with a bit of beach attached. It may look like an abandoned beach with nobody on it. The people make it have a sense of place, the lady playing cricket, the people in the boat and the dad watching his daughter paddle. It looks like a holiday destination, people are living their lives and having fun.

In the image below there is a lot going on. There is a view of the hill looking down to the harbour, the houses rising up and off into the distance. Then there are a lot of people all sat on the hill, lying down, walking and just being around. They seem to match the picture from one side to the other. I think without anybody in the picture it would still be good and there would be a lot to see and look at but the people, their expressions and language make it more interesting.  I have walked up here where these people are sat and I would recommend better shoes than I had on.


Ian Berry- England. Whitby. A sunny Sunday afternoon brings tourists and residents on to the hill overlooking Whitby harbour to relax and dream. 1974.– accessed 16th May 2017.
Ian Berry- G.B. ENGLAND. North Yorkshire. A couple hold a discussion whilst paddling in Whitby. 1974.– accessed 16th May 2017

This is another-it would be OK without people in the picture. The main thing that you focus on is the couple who are paddling and talking. The next part is the pier at the right that is out of focus due to the couple being in focus. Without them it is fine as it would just be a picture of the beach and pier at Whitby. With them it creates a story and a narrative as to why they are there, what are they talking about? Do they even know each other?


Project 2 Exercise 4 -Research Point- Richard Long-Curators talk.



SPAIN  2009– accessed 16th May 2017.

Post 1960’s displays- relevant to my interests.

Art and Nature

Most important artists -he is.

simple and direct look at the land.

No edge or energy to art- ‘the visual arts’

Art as Idea and art as Action

Converted to a concept.

Walking as medium

Interventions within the Landscape

Rethink the role of the artist, anti form,l and art, conceptual-ism

Inclusive art.

Printed matter.

 Never makes significant changes to the landscapes through which he passes.

 the line, the cross, the circle and the spiral.

He uses only the earth’s natural materials.

His work is informed by an interest in symmetry, repetition and measurement.

Documents walks with an image of a location.

Photography used to document journey as well as interaction with a place or natural objects.

Photography indispensable , direct, rough and black and white.

Photographs as ‘documentary material, and not actually the work itself’.

Text Pieces

Never said he was as a land-artist,

 Making art more accessible to the public.