Category: General

Breaking through the barrier

Blogging has been and probably still is a major problem for me. When it comes down to sitting at the computer and writing a blog entry its a real struggle (its even a struggle when using pen & paper!). Throughout Unit PHO703 it became almost impossible to write anything – I enjoyed the unit and the lectures immensely, I feel that I learnt a great deal from them yet, my mind still went completely blank when faced with the computer screen or the blank sheet.

I think I became an expert in the field of procrastination – anything rather than sit down and write (yes, even doing the washing up!) and it showed.

So, whats happened? I can’t really explain it but it does seem as if a block has been lifted and (yes, I do appreciate the irony of it), on the resubmission date for this unit I can finally write, get my thoughts down on paper or screen and get some blog entries made on my CRJ. I won’t say that they are brilliant entries (probably not even that good) and I do not think that they represent what should be written in part submission for an MA but, they are entries and I’m grateful for that. I just wish the block had lifted sooner.

So now, I have to try and move further forward, to build on this event, to become clearer in my thoughts and be prepared to reveal more of them to the world. I need to takes this gift / ability forward into the current unit and produce something that is more worthy of an MA student.

Oh – what cleared the block?

Something really simple, a realisation , on being woken by my cat at 2:40 a.m, this morning that I’m basically afraid of blogging and failing at it, that I should face these fears, stop procrastinating and start writing. That I should face the fear of failure but write anyway. Lesson learnt I hope.

Now to move forward.



A Year In Their Lives

Visit to Roy Carr’s Exhibition ‘A Year In Thier Lives’

Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, 07/07/18

A Year In Their Lives – Medium / Ffoton

Image Copyright Roy Carr

Roy Carr is a very talented ‘amateur’ photographer who usually specialises in Landscape Photography. The exhibition follows his year long project ‘A Year In Their Lives’ and documents the sheep farming calendar throughout the year.

Although taking place in small area the exhibition layout was well lit and planned with a very effective use of the space available being made. The images on display were a pleasing mixture of colour and monochrome. Unlike the previous exhibition visited (WPF Salon, Swansea) the images presented here were not ‘over-edited’ but sharp and very natural in appearance, the layout followed a definite narrative structure. Information cards were well presented and written making the whole exhibition well structured and easy to follow.


All Images Copyright Roy Carr

The work presented by Roy has give me greater encouragement in the pursuit of my own project, Roy had designed, assembled and financed the project and exhibition himself, producing something that would have been worthy of a professional gallery or exhibition space yet retaining a warmth sadly missing from many such places.


WPF Salon / Exhibition

Exhibition visted 16th June 2018, Volcano Theatre, Swansea

WPF = Welsh Photographic Federation, This is the organisation to which most Camera Clubs / Photographic Societies (but not all) belong.

This is a yearly event in which members of each club are invited to participate, each member can submit a selection of prints or digital images for projection to the Salon where they will be judged by a panel, the results of the judging are place on public display and awards for various categories made.

Compared to the previous exhibition that I had visited (Diane Arbus at the Burton Gallery, Bideford) this was well presented and equally well lit making it easy to view the images placed on display. There were a wide variety of different categories of image on display ranging from heavily manipulated / photo-shopped images to wildlife, portraiture,sport abstract in both colour and monochrome formats.

Although the images were, on the whole, well edited and presented I did notice an increasing tendency towards very heavy editing, almost moving into the hyper-real – the images did not look natural. Conversations with several members of the public and a professional photographer confirmed that this was the case and not just a subjective interpretation of the work by myself. For myself, the most realistic of the images were those shot in monochrome – they seemed to have more ‘presence’ than the bright, extremely sharp and somewhat unreal colour prints (the wildlife prints were the notable exception to this rule).

I’m not sure why but I found the whole thing disheartning and a little unreal.

Photography was permitted in this exhibition – examples of the layout and display are shown below:-

Although it did not appear to have won an award, the best print / print with the most impact, for me, is the one shown below :-


To my mind there is a definite story attached to this image. I particularly liked the reflection in the window and the relationship that has been created between the bright, upbeat text and the sleeping figure. Of all the images that were on display this is the only one that kept drawing me back for a second look.


Photographic Inspiration

What is it that inspires me to make images and / or influences the type of images that I make?

In an attempt to answer the above question (and force me to start “blogging” seriously) I’ve started a list of the things that inspire me to get out there and make images. However – this is a list that is subject to change so, to start :-

Other Photographers: This is a long list and only likely to get longer over time:

Music :-

Poets & Authors :-

Magazines and Websites :-

Locations :-

  • The South Wales Valleys – in particular the Taff & Rhymney Valleys
  • Cornwall – Penwith and the area around Redruth & Camborne
  • Edinburgh – in particular Newtongrange and North Berwick

There are many other things that influence and / or inspire my photography that have not been listed here, along with many other photographers.