Author: Andrea Norrington

Get familiar with your local gallery

There are hundreds of smaller galleries across the country showing a wide programme of work. They may feature local/regional artists or show touring exhibitions. It is well worth getting frequented with the galleries in your local area and subscribe to their mailing list to keep up to date.

From here to there

In March I went to a talk by Alec Soth at The Photography Show in Birmingham. Having visited his exhibition Gathered Leaves at the Science Museum, I was keen to hear him talk about his work process as I am currently very interested in photographers working processes on a project.

Soth spoke about his work in an open and direct way. It is clear that he has been asked questions about how he started many times and had a well prepared format to answer each section. The talk was titled ‘From here to there’, this process is fundamental to his work as he explained how one picture may lead to the next.

How you see it?

I have just finished speaking to a student as part of a telephone tutorial. He is at that mid point in a project and the conversation was about taking the next steps forward. There were a few points that he made in his discussion that made me confident that he had achieved clarity and a sense of direction on the project that he was working on. “It is how I see it” was his comment to me. This was a definite statement, not a proposition, not a question. “It is how I see it” – here was a moment of realisation at the point he is it currently at.

The Best Camera…

I dread to think how many words have been written on camera and associated equipment reviews. The photography industry is constantly reworking camera and lens models. It feels as if the pressure is always on to upgrade and add more and more pixels. The magazine and online journals seem to profligate this message (of course fueled by the advertising revenue from said equipment companies). It is easy to get caught in a spiral of ‘if only I had this lens my images would be better’.

Nick Turpin

In this blog post I wanted to explore how photographers work on a project. As part of the OCA courses, the assignments give students the opportunity to present a series of images in response to a brief. The brief will provide some guidance on the work to be produced, but ultimately the student is encouraged to develop a series of images to be viewed together.

No Photos Allowed

You may have read or at the very least be aware of the comments surrounding the recent article by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian on titled ’ Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries’…

Edwin Smith

Smith is possibly one of our most underrated photographers. He is sidelined in the history timeline of British photography and has often been labeled as just an architectural photographer. RIBA are in fact the custodians of 60,000 of Smith’s images and the exhibition is showcasing a varied selection that shows Edwin Smith was much more than a photographer of architecture.

Skinningrove

In this short film directed by Michael Almereyda, Killip presents a group of mostly unpublished photographs from the 1980s, taken in and around the village of Skinningrove, in North Yorkshire. Andrea discusses.

Headless Women

On Wednesday 27 November 2013, an image appeared in The New York Times that caused wide scale debate in the US. However, on this side of the Atlantic there barely was a murmur. In fact, if I hadn’t been forwarded…