Exhibition 2015 – It’s here!

Exhibition time has arrived!

End of year show of the students studying photography in KCC is on 9th of July at 6pm.

Check the catalogue of our work here.

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Review on: Lorenzo Vitturi – Dalston Anatomy

The 5th Floor

Lorenzo Vitturi’s Dalston Anatomy, exhibition was shown in The Photographer’s Gallery from the 1st of August until the 18th of October in 2014. The artist wanted to show a vibrant still life capture of images. He did not only show the images to the viewer but made the exhibition in a weirdly surrounding way. There is a huge contrast in between the two exhibitions I am writing about (Primerose), showing at the time in the gallery. Not only in the theme but the way they are presented. He recreated this show from elements that were collected/found from a market, some of these are the backgrounds of his images, by this creating a similar environment for the photographed subjects which can be also found at markets.FullSizeRender

The used space is very different to the usual concepts / settings. As I entered the room, I had to stand and peek around for a while before starting to view the images/sculptures, it was just something you had to take in. I have to say I was more interested in the hole concept of the showroom then in his images, which were amazing as well. I love the colours!  I would just look at the space from different heights and different areas of the room in order to see something; trying to understand his creation of this extreme space.

I find similarity in his photographs and his sculpture in the middle of the room. The photo with different fruits piled up on each other is similar to the sculpture where everything is piled up again, different pieces of things he found on the streets and wanted to give them a new meaning. I can’t relate at all to the sculpture with everything placed on top of everything, I more likely adore simplicity in art and if it is the opposite of minimal, it has to have a very good reason and meaning for me to like it but Vitturi made his point, giving a new meaning to subjects that can’t be used anymore.

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He put the pictures on random places of the wall, it is a small but perfectly formed exhibition he has used all of his space. A huge carpet is on the floor in the middle of the room, it’s like playing with the audience as well as taking them out of their comfort zones. That is what I completely felt like. Playing and taking me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to understand it, but there was no more behind it. I think the goal to achieve was to get the viewer’s attention this way as it did to me. Overall either way you look at it, you will have the same feeling around it. Something is not right.

“Can I / Am I allowed to step on the carpet or not?” “Can I go under this display or not?” “Why is that picture so high up on the ceiling? Or Why is that so low?” “There is a shed in the corner?”

Pictures on the walls are connected with the ground instead of hanging off the walls, it gives me a feeling as “messing the system” and he completely wanted nothing to be where it would have belonged to, as usual.

It is a very colourful, intensive exhibition to take in and feels like nature with the photos of fruits everywhere. Part of a shed is standing in the corner that shows again a completely different environment. He represents the dying fruits in such an elegant way. The one picture I really liked from the fruit selection is the photograph of the bananas.

deadbananasBehind the pictures, the main idea of his, stands, which is; he kept these fruits for many weeks in order to be able to photograph it in the stage of “being dead”. He wanted to show, something that is similar for me to “Life after death”, obviously these fruits…well, no one would want to eat them anymore. For this, they are dead, but him photographing it, gave a new life, meaning they didn’t end up in the bin instead now they were shown to many people.

Happy bananas in heaven!

Overall, I had feelings, questions and thoughts about this exhibition that didn’t leave me alone while I was there until I decided: I do like it, but I don’t, his idea is agreeable and on point but they way he presented it is annoying although loveable.

Thank you for this show and for reading!

The Journey

Here I am. I choose ten photographs to show you what I saw on this sunny / cloudy day.    I never took a course before on photography and taking pictures as an assignment turned out to be harder than I thought. Well, see how it came out and feel free to leave a comment about them. (:

Below, I am writing a little bit about two blogs I have recently found, as a part of a research on blogs and would like to share it with you.

Cloud shine

The starting point and the clouds reflecting on the letters.

Open

I just loved the huge doors and the composition of the two “burberry men” in the typical coats standing front of it. It was captioned from the other side of the street as I shoot with a 50mm lens, I had to stand far to get the picture, I had to have more patience as usual because it was a busy day and pedestrians buses and taxies all the time, weren’t rare. I had my shutter speed at 1/160, with a f13 aperture.

Shadows

I like the similarity between the shape of the legs and shadows.This picture I took with a shallow aperture because there is not much background and the light can have a strong appearance on the photo.

'Selfie'

Selfies everywhere. I have never seen such a way to do selfies before. In fact I did not know they have invented anything like this “selfie stick”. Not that I have searched for it, but you know. I can imagine this product sells. This was a quickly taken picture to make sure I don’t disturb, I often like to take photos of people / couples taking selfies, or other things. I don’t know why. Shutter speed setting was 1/640 at f4.5.

 

Game over

I used f4.5 and just caught the moment, luckily.

 Patience

Sunset Reflection

I used f10 for my depth of field, as I slightly wanted the Big Ben in my background and more focused on the glass with a sharp reflection. This picture was taken at sunset and I converted it to black and white, changed the blacks and the contrast to give the photo a faded look. The story behind this picture is, a lovely elder couple were standing having a chat and a glass of wine when I walked passed their drink sitting there, just like this. It was an unmissable shot, I excused and asked if they mind me taking the photo. After all we have had a nice talk and even showed them my photos of the magical glass. The husband said, “I’ll buy that one off of you”. Well, didn’t happen yet but was a nice compliment. (: This is a sight I can never get bored of!.

Reflection

The photo was taken with f2 aperture, as I only focused on the reflection and again I choose a faded look around the focus point. Slightly changed the clarity as well.

   

Motion

Choose f20, to have the background as a sharp shilouette as well as the birds. This was a bigger image which I cropped to have this area of the picture. To capture the motion I had my shutter speed on 1/1600.

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I like the peace the photograph shows while the movement is there, in the difference between the directions the birds are looking towards.

Here is a blog I would like to share,

Royce Bair’s blog is about night photography and it’s wide areas.

His blog’s main purpose is to help people gain knowledge on this part of photography and gives equipment reviews and tips

The goal of his blog also lies in advertising, workshops events and books. He advertises and mentions many more photographers and their work.

The audience is anyone who is interested in night shooting, learning new techniques and getting informed of equipment.

I think the key elements of his blog are not only adverting and writing about his work but also shows many others artists.

The quality of his and other artists photographs make the page successful. He writes useful information.

His goal with the blog is not only making new clients but also helping others to learn.

A different and so worth at looking into is, the 500photographers blog,  by Pieter Wisse.

This blog was created under a project, I think it can be called as. The writer posted 5 photographers a week for a 100 weeks,  that has quality work, worth showing and seeing. It’s always great to see different artist’s work and this page is gold for that.

What made it successful is the quality of works and the insistence the writer showed. The page won an award from the LIFE magazine in 2011, the best blog of the year award. Not bad huh? I am sure many many of us are familiar with this page.

The writer’s goal was to reach 5oo, in the number of photographers. Then he said will stop his blog but it still can be viewed as an online archive.

His audience is mainly photographers, but I am sure it has got so successful that clients might have reached to the artists as well through this blog.

Key elements, blogging 5 days a week, like a full time job. Ability to see the quality of works.

Thanks!

Veronika.P.

London. 2014.