Exhibition Photographs

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My photographs currently on display at Shoreditch Town Hall from 7th – 13th March 2013. For more information visit my website here.

 

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Cig Harvey: You look at me like an emergency

 

 

 

 

 

[Images found: cigharvey.com]

Akif Hakan Celebi: The Housemaid

 

[Found images hakanphotography.com]

 

 

Massimo Vitali

[Images from www.massimovitali.com]

Chino Otsuka – Finding Me and Michael Jackson Pepsi Ad 1992

I love Chino Otsuka’s “Finding me” project. I think what I particularly like about it is the older self visiting the younger self and visa versa. She has used old holiday photographs and has edited them very well that you would believe her older self was originally in the photos. But without the dates under the image, I think that a lot of people would have thought it was another woman in the photograph.

1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan

1982 ans 2005, Paris, France

[Images from chino.co.uk]

These photographs remind me of Michael Jackson’s Pepsi commercial, which is on the Dangerous DVD. It’s such a lovely piece as the older Michael sings the song “I’ll be there” then the younger Michael joins him and they sing together.

Watch the video below, it is so beautiful.

Latoya Ruby Frazier

I couldn’t believe when I was reading an interview with Frazier, what she said;

Talking about your family photographs, you said, “My grandmother indicates the past, and my mother indicates the present.”

The project is about a continuation of personal history, family history, and communal history. We’re coming out of the same geographic location. We span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We have a particular way of carrying ourselves and the way that we think has been transmitted through the generations, from my grandmother to my mother to me.

When did your family move to the area? How far back was it?

I have collected all of the information that my mother and grandmother were willing to give, but there is a lot I don’t know. The reason I obsess over photographing all of us is that I don’t have a family history. We didn’t have a family photo album. We didn’t talk about the past. My mother had difficult times, and maybe to protect me she just didn’t want to discuss it.

[Full article can be found at huffingtonpost.com]

That is the main reason for my own personal work, I too don’t have a family history. My history ends with my Grandmother.

Check out her website at latoyarubyfrazier.com

Klause Pichler- Middle Class Utopia

[Images found at www.kpic.at]

Timothy Archibald – Echolilia

[Images from timothyarchibald.com]

Tony Fouhse- Live Through This

[Images from tonyfoto.com]

Chris Capoziello -The Distance Between Us

When there is suffering we often want to know why. We want answers.

I want answers.

I want explanations as to why some suffer and others do not. I want to know why some get better while others get worse. Is this fate or is this chance or is it just bad luck?

How are we to deal with suffering? I have many questions and only few answers.

I would like you to meet my brother. I have been drawn to photographing him for as long as I have been making pictures. The time I spend with him, looking through my camera, has forced me to ask questions about suffering, and faith and why anyone is born with disease. Nick has cerebral palsy. The pictures have been a way for me to deal with the reality of having a twin brother who struggles through life in ways that I do not.

Sitting on a fire hydrant in New York, Nick tries to relax from a cramp. While we wait for him to finish his cigarette, a passing woman glanced at me, then down at Nick, who looked up slowly and grinned. She fleetingly returned his smile, and he took another drag with the fading smirk still on his lips.

Today I drove through the snow to come and help Dad bring papa to a doctor’s appointment. When I arrive, I do what I normally do and head to Nick’s room to say hello. He’s in bed with a cramp. These last few visits, we haven’t been able to talk or spend any time together because he’s had a cramp each time.

Smoking has become a way for Nick to connect with others; which is important to him, because he doesn’t have many friends. Nick has tried quitting, and because he is also diabetic; risk of stroke and heart disease increases tremendously. 

When I visited yeserday he had a cramp. When I stop home today, I find him asleep on the floor, still wearing the same clothes. After all these years, there is still a part of me that is shocked and scared, as if for the first time, finding him on the floor, his body contorted, looking like a twisted and mangled car, after an accident.

In November 2009, Nick under went Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS). For the first time, our family held  out hope that things would improve for him. The doctors said that while the surgery might not completely stop his muscles from cramping, it could significantly decrease the effects of the cramps. DBS is cutting-edge science, but it looks like a medieval torture. They shave you bald and rig you to a stereotactic frame that holds your head steady while they drill through your skull to insert electrodes for a “brain pacemaker.” Once they switch the implanted device on, it delivers tiny electrical shocks to your brain, gradually retraining your whole nervous system to relax your muscles.

Yesterday afternoon Nick got out form his third surgery. They were able to successfully implant the medal ledes into the the left side of his brain and run the wires down his neck and into his chest where they attached them to a brain pace maker. We’re finally going home. I’m with him, in the bathroom, helping to hold him up while he urinates. Earlier, when I help him in and he sits down, I joke at how big he is. He laughed. I needed to see his smile.

[Image, video and text all from chriscappy.com]

Kenji Hirasawa – Celebrity

Kenji Hirasawa’s “2009-11 series at Madame Tussauds, Kenji contrasts lifeless waxworks with living human beings. Kenji’s way of taking photographies mirrors the question of what it means to be a celebrity. One can only come into being as celebrity if the public constitutes one this way. Without this attention, one is essentially nothing. Celebrities as such are indistinguishable from their environment. They depend on their audience in order to be shaped.” [from kenjihirasawa.com]

Zhe Chen and Tom Stoddart

I had two artists work in August who stood out to me among the more popular artists ands these were Zhe Chen and Tom Stoddart.

Zhe Chen explains her series “Bees” to be about “A marginalised group of people in China, who, faced with violence, chaos, alienation and irredeemable losses in life, feels propelled to leave physical traces an markings on their bodies, in order to preserve and corroborate a pure and sensitive mind from within” [1]

The series “the bearable” is about the artists self-harming on her own body, which she say was a great help getting the images for the “Bees” series. Check out her website, Zhe Chen.

Tom Stoddart’s work was discovered on a road outside of Prestina. There were a lot of bodies, clothes and belongings. It was here where he came across albums and wallets filled with photographs. “They were beautiful…the sun and the rain had made the colours run. They showed all kinds of people- young and old, lovers embracing, more communist-style, formal portraits. If you have just five minutes to get out of your house, you will take your famillies, some money and your photographs. On this road – ‘the Road of Death’ – people had taken entire albums with them” [2] Click Tom Stoddart to see is work.

[1] ‘Inge Morath’ in British Journal of Photography, August 2011 p12

[2] ‘Family Matters’ in British Journal of Photography, August 2011 p17

The Middle Passage

I’m not going to write much about this but right now I’m researching some work on slavery and I came across this short clip from the International Slavery Museum, which shows very well what these innocent Africans went through. This clip moved me so much I had to share it. The website I found it from is limehouseheritage.com

Henrik Malmström

I was reading through the British Journal of Photography and one artist that stood out to me this month was Henrik Malmström.  His work titled “On borrowed time” basically sums up what this series is about. His work is very touching as he captures private moments of his sister’s battle with ovarian cancer until her death in April 2008. I really would recommend you have a look at his website because, they truly are amazing photographs. You can feel all the emotions and love he had for his sister, which I think is what makes it a great piece. Check out his website at henrikmalmstrom.com

Image from henrikmalmstrom.com

This blog continues to inspire me

I’ve posted images of this site before, but her work continues to amaze me. It all just looks so real. Her website is www.lotjesdollshouse.blogspot.com

I really recommend that you visit her site, you will be amazed.

Here are some photos from her blog.

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