This is my set up for our final exhibition at Plymouth University. A0 photographic print on pearl paper, selected from the Starry Night series, accompanied by my photographic journal of the practice that has led me to the final realisation. The small landscape book also goes into detail about the inspirations and meanings behind my concept.
The Degree Show is still open until the 26th of June and the BA Media Arts students’ work is on display along ground and first floor of Scott Building at uni campus.
A selected print to be exhibited at my final degree show along with a book that explains my journey into the world of light and darkness, exploring the human perceptions.
Developed from the beginning of the Individual Practice module, my piece is built up around the creation of a photography work that represents perceiving the world through all the senses, not only through sight. In order to achieve this, I needed to adopt a new way of perceiving my surroundings – by learning to conceive the world through the details from audible and tangible signs. As a main guidance, I have used the ideas in “On Sight and Insight” by John Hull, who describes his journey of entering into the world of blindness. On the next level, I have translated his experiences into visual terms. Subsequently, I have endeavoured to convey the ordinary world, where I have found my inspirations, and transform it into an extraordinary visual picture that keeps the aura of the scene and touches the world of dreams. In this final work, I aimed to place my audience inside the scene, hence the use of a large scaled landscape photograph, in which the edges are distorted from the wide angled lens echoing the way the human eye sees an image – binocularly and horizontally with blurred edges.
Beyond what we see straight away – a photograph of 2 males sitting on the rocks near the seashore with the night sky as a background and mystic blurred shapes in bright contrasting colours, there is a range of themes concerned. This image speaks of the human’s presence in the universal time and space, reflected in the contrast between the people in the foreground and the star trails in the background. The reason behind choosing to present the stars as trails and not as dots is to represent the Earth’s silent act of rotation or simply the time passing by. Apart from having someone’s mere presence in the space, I am also refering to our relationship with the others and the indiviual perceptions of the surroundings that we all have, which is related to our specific emotions and personal experiences.
Music Artists Portraits Preview
A selection of images from my recent work with artistic portraiture of musicians in Plymouth. A more complete series of the individuals to come up soon. =)
A studio shoot with the aspiring actor Rhys Denton, based in Exeter, UK. With the special participation of Rory LeBoutillier.
Starry Night 2
iPlymouth BJJ Open 2013 Extended Video
Plymouth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Promo work
While dashing through final preparations for my Degree Show in June, refining final prints and redefining the concepts of my work, I managed to put together a promo for the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open in Plymouth that was held at the end of April. Next event to come up in November this year! =)
Pleasant scents of awakening flowers, burst of colours, water fountains refreshening the air, narrow streets, fast bikes and bubbly people - that is Rome and Tivoli in the spring. Life and joy all around.
Paying a visit to our Photography technician Robin’s observatory, who shared a little bit of his astrophotography knowledge with me and let me take a few snaps on my little Nikon attached to the telescopes.
Photos of the Moon revealing the shades of its craters; the M13 cluster of stars in Hercules as points in comparison to the same group as trails; and Arctutus, which is the brightest star in the constellation Bootes and the Northern Celestial hemisphere.
These images reflect on the spontaineity of the moments in places beyond my surrounding world. Also, through the telescope, one can get the impression of how quickly everything moves. a 30sec exposure gives a trail much longer than a 15-min one through a wide lense, as seen below. (apparently the direction matters for the time of the stars shift.) Also, in one of the shots I have captured a shooting star, as we’d like to believe. This practice would help me understand more about the stars I want to make a special part of my Final Degree Show.