Photography – Week Two

Watched a video of Errol Morris talking – always an elephant just outside the frame.

Elimination from photo is never visible.

Documentary to possibly watch – Gates of Heaven – on you tube.

Werner Herzog – film maker – watched Werner Herzog eats his shoe

We don’t have adequate images.

Ambiguity – multiple potential meanings.

Image assemblies:

Series, sequence, survey and story


Set of related artworks with a common title.


Images in a particular order which may be chronological, temporal, spatial.

Ordered, logical, progressive/regressive

Suits process oriented approaches – ? showing the development of an image in sequence.


Exploration of a subject – breadth or depth.

Taxonomy – a system for naming and organizing things, especially plants and animals, into groups that share similar qualities    Viewed 21 July 2020


Narrative exploration of a subject

Pat Brassington

Had a look at The Pressings – A set of 10 diptyches arranged to look like they are in a book or a locket that could be closed with the faces of the images together.

Pat Brassington.JPG     Viewed 21 July 2020

It is a series of diptyches that are related under a common title, format and colour scheme. Presumably there are a few levels on which the title is appropriate for all images – the images have a generally flat rather than three D look. In the image above you can see the the flowers could be pressed flat and that the fabric is placed on a flat plane and not appearing to follow the body contours.

The images appear to be suggesting they could be folded together or pressed together

Martin also mentioned the pressings of wine – the left overs.

The diptych format encourages you to look firstly at the relationships between the two images of the diptych and secondarily look at the relationships between the diptychs in the series.

If the 20 images were arranged differently, out of diptych format, they could potentially be arranged to tell a story or sequence through time.

I find these images vaguely disturbing. The body ones are a bit like the informe – obviously flesh but not so obvious the context or even part of the body at first glance. They are cold images with a flash of red the cuts across them rather than warming them up.

Derwent Project: 

David Stephenson and Martin Walch

Multi year project collecting data and imagery around the Derwent River system and presenting this in video and still format showing the passage of time, river height, seasons, movement of objects from various locations along the length of the river.

One interesting presentation involved a still with slivers of time across a 24 hour period. So the whole day was represented travelling across the image from left to right. Camera position was static taking photos every 5 mins and then the photo was assembled from midnight to midnight only showing a sliver of the appropriate photo in its position as it read from left to right. Hard to explain but hopefully I understand my own explanation.

At a tangent to this I have a quilt in progress made up of slivers of photos on fabric of different colours and I was trying to rearrange these month by month by colour where each colour represents my emotional state of play in regard to my son for that month. So cool grief was blue and anxiety and fear yellow and red. Sort of similar sliver construction. Must get it finished.


Have to think how my images are going to be arranged. Currently I’m working on the simple diptych and triptych for the hurdle task but wanting to print on fabric, and a quilting background, means that I could assemble in a variety of ways, including cutting up to collage and to rearrange in sequence or story. Sort of an analogue version of the computer arrangements in the Derwent project . 🙂






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