Readings/Timetable

Books I have read during my final year of study:

 The Master of Death: Space, Place and Materiality by Jenny Hockney

Andy Warhol – A Celebration of Life & Death by Keith Hartley

Art & Death by Chris Townsend

Death & Art Europe 1200 – 1530 by Eleanor Townsend

A Celebration of Real Life.  Welcome to Britain by Jan Williams

Master of Photography – Reuel Golden

Stuff by Daniel Miller

In addition to the books I have read above, the following book has remained very firmly in my mind.

’25 Lessons I have Learnt about ‘Photography’ LIFE’ – by Lorenzo Doming.  An inspring read for me and one I would recommend to anyone that enjoys photography,.

Through reading this book it has really brought  home to me how photography can open my eyes to even the most mundane things and turn them into something magical. Through the lens I have really been able to see and engage with the world around me and transmit my own feelings into the work I do.

A brief introduction to the book:

‘Husband, father, and corporate employee— Lorenzo’s life revolved around home, work, and his daily commute from the suburbs to the city.

Then, one day in the Spring of 2005, he found himself staying at The Little Church in midtown Manhattan in the wake of a marital separation. Living in virtual isolation for three months, he had a rare chance to re-examine his life.

Quite unexpectedly, he found himself wandering around the city to take photographs, a passion he had let slide in the years of pursuing a career and starting a family. During his nightly sojourns through the streets of New York City, he was reminded of some important life lessons—lessons too easily forgotten in the blur of everyday existence.

Now one of the premier up-and-coming photographers on the streets of New York City, 25 Lessons: The Art of Living chronicles Lorenzo’s journey into the amazing world of digital photography and how it helped him to reconnect with the world around him, and to live a life that is truer to one’s self.

In this unique book, which bridges word with image, he describes how the deceptively simple rules of photography can also be applied to the art of living. Inspirational and poetic, this book will not only spark readers’ creative energies, but also reawaken their passion for life’.

“Everything that people create is a projection of what’s inside them” – Stuart Lichtman

K.O.S (Kids of Survival) by Tim Rollins

I have been reading a book entitled Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (kids of survival) – A History, which has been another inspiring read and one which I can really relate to with the work I have been doing at the homeless centre.  It is about an artist and activist, Tim Rollins who was given the job of developing a curriculum that combine art marking with lessons in reading and writing for students that were classified as ‘at risk’.  This book is a catalogue of the work that they produced, even through times of hardship.

Comfort of Things’ by Daniel Miller

This book consists of Daniel Miller visiting 30 households within one street and gaining an insight into the things that matter to the people that live there.  These things are the means by which they express who they have become, and relationships to objects turn out to be central to their relationships with other people.  It was in part, an investigation of the way in which material culture help people deal with loss and change.

With my ‘Possesions’ work, I have gained an insight into a small part of the person’s life, when showed one object and informed of the reason why they kept that particular object, compared with the book observing the whole of their surroundings and talking to the people concerned about their lives and what lay within their homes although there are no pictures in the book and it is left to the reader’s imagination to picture the scene.

From reading this I asked myself, did I really need to know the history behind a particular object though?  Surely to just show the object and leave the rest up to the viewer is enough.

With my ‘What Lies Within’ work I did actually get to see more of how the person lived, gaining an insight into their homes as a whole, but again I had to make my own assumptions as to why they lived the way they  did.  I didn’t actually get to talk with the person concerned so I am turning my view completely round from the book, visuals and no words compared to words and no visuals.  I think my way works better, as being an artist I want my work to be a visual representation.

 

Timetable

 

I have planned what work I need to do on a weekly basis, by referring to the timetable above and the creation of a spreadsheet in excel.

The biggest challenge for me with the weeks running up to the exhibition has been the room installation and the production and sizing of photographs.  Due to limited funds I haven’t been able to produce the amount of photos I would have liked to by the beginning of April and so made allowances to timescales on the schedule for setbacks such as this.

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