Danmarks Fotomuseum

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(Denmark’s Photography Museum)

I work in a camera shop in Denmark, I started working there almost five years ago now, and I usually do a shift or two when I visit my parents during the summer and at Christmas, as I really enjoy working there. I also created their website and still manage in when it needs updating.

My boss has been in the business for more that 40 years and is an eager photographer himself, although mostly as a hobby. He is a collector of old cameras and I think he has a couple of hundreds now, a lot of which are on display in the shop. He is also engaged in Denmark’s Photography Museum, where they are exhibiting old cameras, photography equipment and other photography related elements. They also have photography exhibitions and the current exhibition is the winners of this year’s Danish photojournalism awards. Unfortunately this exhibition finishes before I will get a chance to see it, however, there will be another exhibition after this one, one I am a lot more interested in. It is

The museum also has a gallery with photography exhibitions, and the current exhibition is with the winners of this year’s Danish Photojournalism Awards. Unfortunately this exhibition finishes before I will get a chance to see it, however, there will be another exhibition after this one, one I am a lot more interested in. It is by a famous Danish landscape photographer called Kirsten Klein and the exhibition is called Øjeblikke (Moments). This exhibition runs until Christmas and I am very much looking forward to visiting it.

Her landscapes are in black and white and are always quite dramatic looking. This is an example of Klein’s work:

Klein is from the from the same part of the country as me, and has illustrated several books with her photographs and has multiple exhibitions as well. She mostly works is Denmark but has also done a few project abroad, however, her style remains the same.

Unfortunately, this exhibition will be the last one the museum hosts, as the council has cut their funding for the museum and they are forced to close down.


Another exhibition I would love to visit is the Copenhagen Photo Festival, but this year it happens to be at the same time as our Degree Show, so I am going to have to wait until next year.

I have found an association in Denmark for photographers which I will be joining when I finish my course. It looks like it is almost an equivalent to Redeye, it is called Selskabet For Dansk Fotografi (SDF) (The Association for Danish Photography). It is a national association with lots of benefits for the members, and by becoming a member of SDF you also automatically become a member of Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) which is a worldwide photography organisation. SDF also publish a photography magazine four times a year and have meetings and competitions for their members to participate in. There is also a nordic association I can look into joining.

I love being part of the photography world and going to see exhibitions, and I am going to have to keep up to speed with what is going on, probably through all the newsletters from organisations like Redeye, LensCulture, Magnum, Photoworks and SDF. As I won’t be a student anymore I will have to seek out inspiration and guidance from these places as I won’t have lecturers to rely on any longer, so these networks and organisations will now be more important than before.


http://fotomuseum.dk/?lang=en

http://copenhagenphotofestival.com/en/

http://foto-matic.dk/ (The camera shop where I work)

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Exhibition Booklet

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As part of our Degree Show, we have different responsibilities, my responsibility is designing our exhibition booklet. It needs to contain artist statement from the exhibiting photographers and possibly a foreword as well.

I have been working on finishing it to have it hopefully test-printed this week so I can tweak the spelling and layout before the final print-run. I have struggled to reach everyone, but luckily I am currently only missing statements from two of my classmates.

I have spent a lot of time finalising the design even before receiving any statements, creating the cover and the general layout for the booklet. Another classmate designed the exhibition logo that I then needed to use to create the booklet layout. As the logo in itself was grey I decided to add a bit another colour to the design to make sure it doesn’t look too boring.

This is an example of the layout from the booklet. This is my own pages, complete with name, title, statement, links and photos. I decided on a light blue colour as it was something we suggested for a logo colour at a meeting with the class, it also works well with the various shades of grey from the logo. The background is also a light shade of grey, as I wanted to avoid having it white as it would create too much of a contrast and make the text harder to read.

I experimented with different colours and layouts, but I am quite pleased with the end result (the first photo). The only thing I have really stuck with from the beginning is the cut logo in the corner, I just really liked the idea of the logo appearing on all the statement pages. I am still debating whether or not to keep it, but I will make a decision when I see it in print, it will be easier to tell on paper than on the screen if it really works.

As we decided as a class that we didn’t want a photograph on the cover of the booklet, it was up to me to create a nice eye-catching design. Again I wanted the logo to be the main feature and as it has the name of the exhibition in it there isn’t much need for much other text on the cover. I have used the recurring design with the box and the logo, just the two elements and a bit of text makes up the front page, clean and simple.

Overall, I am happy with my design and can’t wait to see it in print. Now I just hope that the class are pleased with the design as well and we can print the finished booklets soon, after a few tweaks to fix spelling and grammar.

 

 

(S)he

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At the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, there is currently an exhibition about the history of female artists. The exhibition shows painting, illustrations, quotes but it is also an interactive exhibition, a place to discuss the issues surrounding feminism and female artists role in the art-world.

It was a great exhibition with a lot of variety, but what I found the most interesting was the interactive part. A lot of people had written little messages on post-it notes and stuck them to the wall or the floor or wherever they could find the space. The different colours of the post-it notes made it an installation piece in its own right, and with the many different contributors, it was hard to predict what the next note was going to say. Some were good, girl-power, feminism and encouragements, while others were more negative, clearly written by someone who is not supportive of the feminist movement, and them some that were completely out of context.

It is a good theme for an exhibition and I really enjoyed it. The exhibition was curated by 22 young aspiring curators, and they have done an amazing job with the gallery space and the artwork. It was well put together and all the quotes around the exhibition space were relevant and powerful. Perhaps the best one was this:

It is very true that there are two types of artists: female artists and just artists. It is the same within the world of photographers, although it seems that more and more females are getting involved in the world of photography and hopefully this will change gradually over time, as women photographers are just as important as the males.


https://22curators.wixsite.com/sheproject

Exhibition Handout PDF

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

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When we went to Newcastle for our study trip, we also went to see the exhibitions at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. We were lucky enough to get a guided tour with an employee. The guide, unfortunately, wasn’t able to tell us much about the work other than what was in the brochures, but she told us a bit about the history of the unique building and it was nice to have someone show us around before getting the chance to go around on our own.

The main exhibition taking up most of the gallery space was the ‘That’s Not Me’ exhibition by Rodney Graham. One floor was a collection of Graham’s video work which had several different elements to it besides from just the moving image.

The videos were just as much about the installation as it was about the movies. The projectors were set up so the film would create interesting shapes as it was running through, there were sets build to exact measurements of where the film was shot and the massive projectors were painted and just almost more interesting than the movies themselves. The attention to the details is very admirable, and I was very awed by it.

Another floor contained Graham’s photographs. Huge scale photographs mounted on light-boxes and again with amazing attention to the details. Nothing in the photographs was left to chance, everything was placed exactly right on Graham’s build sets.

It is possible to just keep looking at one of Graham’s photographs for hours, because there are so many details to them, and it takes a while to notice all of them, on some of them it is even possible to read some of the news on the newspapers. Using himself as a model and having certain references to who he is as a person in the photographs just makes them even more personal even though they are showing a fictional world.

All of his photographs have a background story and with their massive scale, they are very fascinating installations.


The other exhibition on at the Baltic was about the refugee crisis in Europe. It was called ‘Disappearance at sea – Mare Nostrum’. It was a group exhibition in cooperation with Amnesty International to raise awareness about what the refugees are going through when they leave their homes behind in search of a better and safer life.

The collection of the different artworks from the different artists were amazing, and it a way symbolises how every refugee’s journey is different.

There were videos, interviews, illustrations, photographs and interactive installations. All the different artists’ work was put together in a way that it was almost a journey to go through for the viewer to see all of the different installations.

It was a great day at the Baltic, the tour could have been better, but the exhibitions were amazing and definitely worth a trip to Newcastle to see.


http://www.balticmill.com/whats-on/rodney-graham

http://www.balticmill.com/whats-on/disappearance-at-sea-mare-nostrum

Final CRIT

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On Friday we had our final CRIT of the semester and the final CRIT of our education at the University of Cumbria.

It was our last chance to get feedback from the lecturer on our Final Major Projects and therefore a very important session.

I had printed out 4 sets of diptychs and two contact sheets with most of my edited photographs on.

As I cannot submit my exhibition layout in the portfolio I have decided to hand in diptychs portraying the good and bad sides of being a highly sensitive person which my project is all about, and diptychs are also a good way of showing that.

It seems to be a returning subject for me to work with the good and the bad sides of things. I like to try to separate the two. Last semester my main project was based on the picturesque and the sublime, whether they could work individually and how they work together. I also did a previous project on the rubbish that is being thrown carelessly on the ground in the Lake District National Park. This was also about taking the bad away from the good, but in a different way. For this project I ended up with double exposures instead of diptychs though.

My CRIT went well and I got some good feedback to be able to finalise my project over the next couple of weeks before handing in my portfolio and then starting to print my photographs for the exhibition. With my contact sheets I, was able to see how my photographs work together put on the wall, and I was quite pleased with how they look. They are colouful, intriguing and works well together. I am considering printing out contact sheets to put in my portfolio as well, I may even try to arrange the photos as I would like to mount them on the wall.

The way I am going to display my work is going to be something close to this:

I like the way the photographs have a sense of continuity and look fluent but still a bit confusing. After the feedback I got from the CRIT I am now planning on having two mp3 players along with my work, one with overwhelming noises and one with pleasant sounds, again the good vs. the bad. I will have room to place the two next to each other as they won’t take up much space. I also realised that the best way of hanging my work will be using pins, even though the photos will be printed full bleed I think that is the best and safest solution.

I am also going to have either one or two spotlights pointed at my work from the ceiling. As I am hoping to make the viewers slightly overwhelmed the light will contribute to that, as the paper I am working with is very reflective, and the viewers may have to move around a bit to be able to see all the photographs due to the glare from the lights.

I have a few more shoots planned over the easter holiday, but I am definitely starting to feel like I am getting there, and I can’t wait to see my work finally on the wall in less than two months.

The Side Gallery Newcastle

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On Friday our lecturers had arranged a self-funded study trip to Newcastle to visit the Side Gallery and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. We also managed to have a look around the Laing Art Gallery, which means we manage to see a total of 6 exhibitions in one day.

At the Side Gallery, they had three exhibitions on, one on each floor.


The exhibition on the ground floor was called You, Me and Autism. It was portraits taken of autistic people by an autistic photographer, Colin Potsig. Potsig had taken that human interaction, which is usually difficult for people with autism and captured it in form of portraits. The portraits were printed in both black and white and colour and were framed in simple black frames and hung up close to each other in a row around the room.


The exhibition on the first floor was called Under Gods. It was created by photographer Liz Hingley and was about the different religions found around a specific street in Birmingham. The photographs show the huge amount of different religions from all over the world existing in this small space in England, and how the children are still capable of playing and getting along despite the differences. It is a very interesting series and with little stories next to the individual photographs, it becomes a story on its own. The photographs are individually framed and were hung around the room with space between them to separate the stories. Overall a very interesting exhibition, although I would have liked to see some more multi-faith meetings between people besides the children.


The last exhibition on the second floor was called The Prospect of Immortality. I found the series by Murray Ballard both creepy and fascinating at the same time. The series is about people being frozen after they die, in hope that maybe one day the human race will find the cure for death and bring them back to life.

The photographs show us the equipment, prospective patients and even current patients. The big prints make the project more dramatic, especially the advanced equipment looks more daunting in the large-scale. The full-bleed photographs hovering slightly off the wall adds to the sort of mystery about the whole thing but at the same time makes it look more clean and sterile along with the medical theme. I would have loved for the patients’ stories to have been on the wall next to their photograph, it would make it more this slightly surreal subject more real. I suppose it is almost like donating your body to science, but with a prospect of getting your life back at the end of it. It all reminds me of an episode of Dr Who.

The Prospect of Immortality is the one projects I remember the best as it is a subject that is very difficult to comprehend and it makes you consider the subject of what happens after we die. I would also love to read the book that started the whole idea, the fiction behind the science.


Unfortunately, I am not able to go to Format Festival this year even though I would have loved to, it was such an incredible experience two years ago, but being able to visit these exhibitions in Newcastle was a decent alternative, even though Format is quite a lot bigger.

The Side Gallery was an amazing little gallery tucked away in a little alley, and it is a place I will definitely visit again the next time I find myself in Newcastle.


http://www.amber-online.com/side-gallery/

http://www.formatfestival.com/

Exhibition Planning

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Yesterday I received a box of the paper that I am planning on printing my work on for the Degree Show. I am very excited, it is even better than I thought it would be, now I just need to test it out.

I am also getting closer to putting together a markup of how I want my work exhibited. I am taking inspiration from photographers like Wolfgang Tillman and Rinko Kawauchi.

Kawauchi’s installations:

 

Tillmann’s installation:

I like the organised mess on the wall. The structure of the installations that looks professional yet unorganised enough to be intriguing. I am also very drawn to Kawauchi’s use of colours in the first photo, and that is something I would like to replicate in my exhibition.

I am wanting to show my work in a corner, as it will give it a three-dimensional feel, and the viewer can get almost emerged in the work. However, I need to be careful that it doesn’t end op being too heavy and messy to look at. This is why I have chosen some very glossy photo paper that will create a shine if I can get a spotlight pointed at it during the show. This will hopefully brighten up my installation.

I would really like to create an installation that will resemble a stained-glass window of a church. Stained-glass dates back to the 7th century and is a form of art in itself. My family and I have visited churches everywhere we went since I was a child and I always found all the artwork the most fascinating, especially the colourful windows with pictures in them was intriguing for me as a little girl. The church windows usually tell a story, an illustrated story usually taken from the Bible. The artwork in churches, including the stained-glass windows has always been a way to display spiritual or religious preciousness, a way of illustrating one’s belief. Displaying art in churches was one of the first forms of exhibition, and with art also being displayed in palaces it was a sign of wealth, power and knowledge. Later art became more of an attraction and art exhibition was found in places like the circus and marketplaces and the most expensive in private precious exhibitions. Today people associate exhibitions with museums and galleries; paintings and photographs hanging on white polished walls and objects displayed behind a protective layer of glass. I would like to combine the contemporary and the old ways by using the white walls in our studios and also using the visual inspiration from the stained-glass church windows to make my work come together and create a visible experience for the viewers.

I know from photographing artwork at a Danish church that there are certain artists that are known for creating religious art that is then displayed in different churches. It is a different and interesting form of exhibition, but regardless of the settings you are still exhibiting your art. My project is not religious, but if I can make my viewers looked at my work with the same fascination and awe as I looked at those stained-glass church windows as a child it will make me very happy.


The paper I am using is from a brand called Sihl Masterclass. It is not a brand I have come across before, but so far I am very impressed with the quality of the paper, and it has almost exactly the look I am looking for, and I am hoping it will make the colours of my photographs stand out beautifully on the wall.


https://sihlmasterclass.com/product/metallic-pearl-high-gloss-photo-paper-290/

Booklet with the church art I have photographed