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 . 🙂






Covid toes

Yesterday I took photos for a first idea for a triptych.

Had to re edit the feet photo so it may not be completely accurate to my actual transparency. Learnt my lesson there – didn’t save my photos after printing.

I used the idea of three associated words and chose feet, socks, ugg boots.

The photos are not the original photos but edited with a view to making transparencies to print on fabric. I plan to print in black and white with solar fast as I can only make a black and white transparency. Then I’ll hand colour a few points in red to resonate with the toe nail polish.

This work is referencing the changes that have come about in this time. Fancy shoes are gone, most days are spent in hand made socks and ugg boots. My feet have become flatter and dry.  Ugg boots are worn and stained. Socks are stretched and thread has come loose.  Only remnants of precovid times is my chipped and grown out nail polish from a beauty salon gift redeemed months ago, when such things were still possible.

Covid toes actually also refers to a actual condition – red lesions on the feet, possibly in response to endothelial vascular damage.

Article below from Science Daily :

Wiley. “Study supports link between COVID-19 and ‘COVID Toes’.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 July 2020. <>.
Viewed 20 July 2020

Study supports link between COVID-19 and ‘COVID Toes’

July 2, 2020
A new study provides evidence supporting a link between ‘COVID toes’ — red sores or lesions on the feet and hands in children and young adults — and COVID-19.

There’s considerable controversy over whether “COVID toes” — red sores or lesions on the feet and hands in children and young adults — are truly caused by COVID-19. A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology provides evidence in support of the link.

In most cases, affected individuals test negative with traditional COVID-19 tests involving throat swabs and measurements of circulating antibodies, but this study’s investigators found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 was present in skin biopsies in children with symptoms of COVID toes, despite negative results from traditional tests.

Analyses detected the virus in skin’s blood vessel endothelial cells, as well as in the sweat glands. Electron microscopy in one biopsy also found evidence of viral particles within endothelial cells.

“Our findings support a causal relation of SARS-CoV-2 with COVID toes. Endothelial damage induced by the virus could be the key mechanism causing these lesions,” said lead author Isabel Colmenero, MD, of Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, in Spain. “Furthermore, vascular damage could also explain some clinical features seen in patients with severe COVID-19.”


My first attempt. This is 13 inches x 19 inches which is the size of my biggest transparency. It is reversed because I inadvertently put emulsion down. There is also a lot of random artefact. I painted the dye on the back and then put the lot into a frame. This was actually black but is low contrast as usual and colour separation. I think I will try dye on the front next time and transparency on top and expose no frame. This exposure was 3 hours but I think I’ve taken it a bit far. It’s also quite dilute for black. I painted water on first but it’s meant to be able to stand 1:1 water to dye. Perhaps water on the back first meant it acted as a bit of a resist to the dye getting through to the front.

One good thing is the toenails. Just painted them with straight dye on to dry fabric and exposed. Very happy with that intensity of colour.


Michelle Piergoelam

This artist has produced art photography books with text and photos. The one that I looked at online tells a personal story of her near drowning in poetry and photos.

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I heard water holds a secret        Viewed 19 July 2020

I found this artist in a grouping of 2020 Lenscratch student prize entrants

I was interested to see that a lot of photos are clearly contrived. They are not snaps but are partially constructed scenes that are then photographed. I am interested in this for my work as I would like my imagery to be emotive or have a background narrative. I also like using words associated with my imagery. Previously I have added text to my actual imagery but I’m now thinking of having text separate but guiding the imagery. So start with text like a haiku or a story and then construct imagery around that. I’m even wondering about making objects in other media to suit my ultimate image.

My work was already about the everyday and this covid situation really only contributes to that, leaving so many of us trapped in our houses surrounded by the things we have brought into our homes over a lifetime. Forced to look again at all our old stuff and evaluate our lives to date.

Photography 2B week one

Mostly about diptychs and triptychs today.

Joachim Froese:

Amazing photos in triptych forms. Photos of the everyday, looking closely at details around you. Resonates with my work which also focuses on the beauty and interest in the small details of everyday objects. He has called this Rhopography. – old fashioned term for still life with rhopos meaning trivial in Greek

Discussion in class about the technical aspects. How these are three photos but blended to match, whilst at the same time retaining points of difference that show that it is not a single photo.   Viewed 14 July 2020

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Also did a brainstorming exercise linking words in pairs or threes to demonstrate how imagery could be linked in a diptych or triptych. Two words tended to be opposites but three words could be on a continuum or demonstrate passage of time.

Word combinations like this can be used to trigger ideas for images in in a diptych or triptych.

Reminded me of a previous idea I had to base imagery around a haiku poem when I tried to use text in my work.

Haiku is three lines –  before – action –  after. So would suit a triptych.

Uneasy peace

Cruelly sliced by madness

Black ice paves the way

Going to try and do today’s 100 day project print as a triptych of photograms based on the above.

Well can’t say I’m happy with this. Too blocky and not evocative. Getting good strong colour though when I expose for an hour with no transparency over the top.