We do not see things as they are…

New York City (1974) by Elliott Erwitt Notes & Quotes from, Theory, Articulating Critical Practice Section 1, (2020) Dr. Ariadne Xenou, Barnsley: Open College of the Arts. The French poet and essayist Anaïs Nin posited that “we do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.” Anaïs Nin, The Seduction of theContinue reading “We do not see things as they are…”

Micro History

I recently switched to the new OCA website and took advantage of the free courses to help students navigate the new website and provide advice, suggestions and ideas for studying. When working my way through these courses I came across an interesting article about Micro Histories, these are recorded events of small insignificant moments mostlyContinue reading “Micro History”

Blumenfeld a fetish for beauty

Blumenfeld a fetish for beauty, 1996, Edited by William A Ewing in collaboration with Marina Schinz, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN: 0-500-54202-3. A good reference book with an essay on Blumenfeld’s life and the artistic movements that influenced him. Examples: Eva Penninck, Amsterdam, 1932, Erwin Blumenfeld. Momie vivante, Amsterdam, 1932, Erwin Blumenfeld. The Art DealerContinue reading “Blumenfeld a fetish for beauty”

Voici Paris Modernite’s Phographiques, 1920 – 1950

Voici Paris Modernite’s Photographiques, 1920 – 1950 (2012) Edited by Quentin Bejac and Clement Cheroux, Paris: Centre Pompidou. ISBN: 978-2-84426-584-5. This is an accompanying book to an exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris between 2012 and 2013, illustrating photographs of Paris in the modernity style taken between 1920 and 1950 by many greatContinue reading “Voici Paris Modernite’s Phographiques, 1920 – 1950”

Henri Cartier-Bresson Europeans

Henri Cartier-Bresson Europeans, 2001, Edited by Jean Clair, London: Thames & Hudson, ISBN: 0-500-28122-X. This is a good reference book to some of Cartier-Bresson’s most famous pictures taken in Europe before and after the second world war. Introduced by a short essay by Jean Clair looking critically at Cartier-Bresson’s European themes. Some examples. Pont deContinue reading “Henri Cartier-Bresson Europeans”

Man Ray

Man Ray, Emmanuelle de l’Ecotais, Katherine Ware, (2004) Ed. Manfred Heiting, London: TASCHEN. ISBN: 9-783822-834831. This book has two essays written about Man Ray’s life and his time in Paris and is full of examples of his photographs that he made during his time in Paris before world war two. A very good reference bookContinue reading “Man Ray”

A Haiku portraiture to Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox

A Haiku portraiture to Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox by Shaun Mullins, 2021. Winter’s cumulus, Both sexes opposite with Stetson hats, Have coy glances – flirting. Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox at Canyon de Chelly National Monument Arizona, 1937, Ansel Adams. This is an Haiku exercise, using a photograph that I chose for the subjectContinue reading “A Haiku portraiture to Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox”

The Nude Figure A Visual reference for the Artist

The Nude Figure A Visual Reference for the Artist, (1998) Mark Edward Smith, New York, Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN: 978-0-8230-3232-9 Another book I picked up from my charity bookshop last year. This is a book of black-and-white photographs of nude poses for ideas and guidance, based on many typical poses found in paintings and art photographs.Continue reading “The Nude Figure A Visual reference for the Artist”

The Complete Guide to Light & Lighting in Digital Photography

The Complete Guide to Light & Lighting in Digital Photography (2006) Michael Freeman, Cambridge: ILEX. ISBN: 978-1-904705-88-8. I picked this book up in my charity bookshop last year and I have only now gotten around to reading it. This book is very general and will teach you very limited lighting skills, I always get andContinue reading “The Complete Guide to Light & Lighting in Digital Photography”

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