Afterwards

Farnham, UK

Four of my classmates and I had just completed our final presentations for Exploratory Practice and adjourned to the Graphics Studio to unwind. The afternoon sun was streaming brightly through the western windows and Luna kindly allowed me to shoot a few quick snapshots of her in the golden light.

Long-suffering Model

Continuing in the studio, here are some more digital polaroid test shots, preparatory to shooting with the Pentax 645.

And with that, there may be a drop in posts over the next few days. The film has been developed and scanned but there’s much work still to do, and preparations for the Lightbox show. Perhaps surprising now that I’m doing a photography full-time, I haven’t been shooting a whole lot and have no new images. Stay tuned.

Polaroid?

I booked time in the studio to practice with my new (old) Pentax 645N II film camera. I didn’t really have anything important in mind to shoot but I wanted to get time playing with the lights and learning to use the camera. In order to test the exposures I was metering for, before shooting with the expensive film I shot with my digital camera, set to the same ISO, shutter speed, aperture and equivalent focal length. In olden times, a studio photographer might have shot a polaroid in the same way.

On Set

At an Arts University one gets interesting opportunities. Last week I played an extra in a film. I spent from 11:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, mostly in character as a man silently gazing at an inventor, pictured here in make-up. At lunch time, snacks were served and the boom mike was laid down.

Portrait Room Reflections

UCA, Farnham

Part of a larger Family Ties exhibit in the reception hall gallery of the University, Caroline Molloy, programme director of Fine Art, Digital Art and Photography at University for the Creative Arts, was showing us around the exhibit. When we go to her contribution, The Portrait Rooms, I was distracted by the way the Autumn leaves outside were being reflected in the display case glass.

Systems

Farnham, UK

Among the subjects we’re studying in our Critical Perspectives class is something called variously Systems Thinking or Systems Art.

Passing out of the library one day I saw this half-completed jigsaw puzzle on a table and immediately thought, “systems”!

Farnham Freshers’ Fair

A freshman fair at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Many departments set up booths where you could try your hand at different artistic or artisanal pursuits, a few snapshots of which, above. Click any image to see them all enlarged (on the web site – click through if you’re seeing this in an email).