With so many photographs out there, trying to find an original idea for your photography project can be increasingly difficult. Just a quick search online may yield scores of images on the subject that you are investigating; perhaps even a series from a photographer, along with an artist’s statement that echoes those thoughts you have had in your head for ages. What happens now…?

Classical music composers?


Recently I was working on the History aspect of the forthcoming Foundations in Music course and realised that more Baroque composers seem better known today than those of the following Classical period (c.1750-1827). Whenever I have received work from students it often contains the usual culprits of the Classical age and so this blog is written in a hope to shine a light on some of the other great names of this period. With some research and listening, students will realise just what an innovative period it was in the history of music.

Still there


What is the role of the photographer in preserving that which is to be destroyed? How can photographers reveal stories that lie buried in buildings and in the ground? Is photography as an art form particularly adept at capturing the character of people living on the fringes of society?

The writing journal


I was recently asked by a fellow writer about how I have used my writers journals to develop novels I’ve worked on. I didn’t realise at the time what a personal question this is, as the writers journal is, I suppose, a fairly intimate space in which the internal furniture of the imagination is carefully crafted, ready to be supplanted into a fictional work. Often in dialogue with students of the OCA I stress the usefulness of the journal in helping to put flesh onto the bones of their writing, and here I thought I could perhaps elucidate my thoughts on the matter a little more.

What lies beneath

Riding the cut vein 2013 by Mark Bradford born 1961

Having moved to London a year ago, I am still revelling in the opportunity to compare and contrast a huge number of exhibitions that are available in the capital. For example, last weekend I accompanied an OCA group on a study day to the Hoyland exhibition at the Damien Hirst Gallery and the Auerbach at Tate Britain. This week I was reminded of our visit when I was looking at one of the permanent displays, Making Traces, at Tate Modern.