Street photograph portsmouth hampshire

Week Two – busy busy busy – research and life drawing

The second week of my MA has been fun, but busy.   I have a pile of books to read and loads buzzing in my head, which has meant a couple of sleepless nights – not in a bad way, but just to buzzy to sleep, or waking up early keen to start the day!

Research Assignment

I have to make a start on my assignment this week, I have to research a question about subversion in art and then present my findings in December.   I am trying not to think about the deadlines and really must knuckle down and get some thoughts on paper.   I did go to the library and find two books about subversion in art, but since both were the size of house bricks I realised I would have to study them there.   I walk to Uni (about 2miles + each way) so it is not feasible to carry that much!

At present I have little idea of what subversion is, save the dictionary definition:

“..an attempt to transform the established social order and its structures of power, authority, and hierarchy. Subversion (Latin subvertere: overthrow) refers to a process by which the values and principles of a system in place, are contradicted or reversed.”

Proposal for exhibition

This week I have also been working on a proposal for an exciting exhibition opportunity.  It’s the first one I have done and I have no idea what they expect, but I am very happy with my ideas.    I spent Monday walking around the city, soaking up the atmosphere, using my mindful photography techniques to wait for an idea to coalesce and something did!   I have always been intrigued by shadows and reflections and decided to make street photography, along these lines, the center of my proposal.

These shadowy figures are ethereal; the viewer does not get to see who is passing the building or where they are going.   The figures in the photographs are not seen, just like the buildings they were passing.   The viewer will be given a glimpse of another world, the world of reflection and shadow, which in turn will encourage them to reflect on things they pass in their surroundings every day, but do not see: reflections in puddles and glass, shadows of fellow pedestrians.

The featured picture above is one I took on Monday and fairly typical of my work.    I am very excited by this challenge, and I will be even more excited if I win the opportunity to exhibit my work in a public place for the whole winter!

Life Drawing

The other new thing I have started this week is life drawing.  I started an evening class at a local college last Thursday but also discovered I can do it at Uni too, so this week I am doing 5 hours of classes!    I have done a bit of sketching in the past, I used to take classes when I was a teenager but I have never done life drawing.   Unexpectedly, I love it!   It is incredibly hard, firstly concentrating and secondly using my left arm so much but I am sure the muscles will develop.  The picture below is one I did yesterday, only my 2nd ever class (and first time using charcoal and working so large) so I am pleased with that – she definitely looks human and as if she could stand up anyway.

life drawing

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