Beautifully white tiled wall rises high above my head as I cannot believe I’ve found such and airiness in an alleyway. Will you find it too? Or do you need a clue?
As Part of our Young Artist Series, this month we were fortunate enough to take part in a workshop hosted by the eternally playful Tom Pope.
First he shares with us some of his incredible work along with a handful of peculiar stories that paint him out to be a neighbourhood terror in a comic or something.
Tom Pope’s shirt is the colour of lemons and by his feet is a bag of oranges. These oranges will be thrown with reckless abandon into the path of cameras that are hungry to catch the oranges before they collide with walls and floors, splitting their skins in a shower of orange juice.
If the camera is successful in ‘catching’ the orange the photograph is essentially spoiled by an obscure orange blur.
The next act in the workshop has us locked in photographic combat, our fingers poised on each other’s triggers. Maeve’s lens is pointed at me and mine at her, ready to shoot. But we don’t want to shoot each other, we want to shoot ourselves. I want to capture a thousand of my own images with Maeve’s camera but I don’t want her to snap herself on mine. So now we’re dancing, everyone in the room is dancing! Like a group of couples in the ballroom of a cruise ship that’s hit choppy waters and scattered us about. And all the time we’re going in circles, trying to move our camera away from their faces whilst drawing theirs towards us.
I’m almost as tragic at writing about this as I was in actually doing it. My chaotic brain can’t handle the two actions at once and I unknowingly let Maeve photograph her laughing face over and over and over while I fail to capture my own.
And now (with our cameras still citrus-scented) we are temporarily blinded and guided through the gallery; shakily up and down stairs, awkwardly into lifts, clinging on to walls and sometimes each other, led under chairs and tables until something in our sightless minds tell us the moment is right to take the photograph and open two sets of eyes at once.
My photograph is a white-out because I had my camera on the wrong setting. The camera was as blind as I was and the image is a total nothingness. The outcome isn’t always as important as the process.
In the last part of our first workshop we do what Tom Pope does best: we play a game. Here are the seven rules to live by if you want to get involved and play the YA Game of Photography:
1. Offside rule.
2. No zoom.
3. If someone shouts ‘You!’ And points, everyone must photograph them.
4. Eye contact with the lens makes the picture invalid.
5. Cannot have two feet on the floor when taking a picture.
6. After taking a picture you have to turn 180 degrees
7. Must shout ‘Yes!’ when taking a picture
You can go and peep at Tom Pope’s work here: http://www.tompope.co.uk/
At Uni my tutor told me to ‘notice what you notice’, so ever since I’ve been collecting photographs on my website with the title ‘Interesting Things Around Bristol Recently‘ .
Another photo post from me, Fiona.
I’m not sure whether this one is cheating within my series a tiny bit or not, as it doesn’t feel distinct to Bristol.
Back in September I did some of the Doors Open Day activities for the first time, despite living in Bristol for the large majority of my life.
Walking from Stoke Croft up to Bristol Museum was this door. This beautiful door!
I’m sure you will learn as time passes that I love textures, and that consequently means peeling paint and rust.
The weather has such a crazy impact on things, which I love.
The results can be devastating on a large scale, but beautiful on a small one.
“The title ‘Wanderings’ describes both the mental and physical movement of the imagination. The exhibition encapsulates a range of different themes including journeys, dwellings, and the shift between absence and presence. Presented through varying forms, Young Arnolfini have taken over the top floor of Be.In Bristol, creating space to allow the mind to wander.”
Why not wander down and experience a FREE night of fine art, photography, sculpture and drinks with us, Young Arnolfini.
Located at Be.In Bristol, this incredible venue will set the scene for the night and live music will set the tone as you wander on up to the exhibition space.
The summer might be over, but Young Arnolfini are kicking off autumn with a bang. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Young Arnolfini and we have so much more planned for the coming months.
Location: Be.In Bristol, 59-61 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LY
Although this is the second school year that I am spending in Bristol and I am fairly familiar with the hidden places and the little secrets of the city, I still feel like there is so much more under the surface, always another layer to be discovered. The Edwardian Cloakrooms are definitely among the mysterious treasures of Bristol. On the corner of Park Row and Woodland Road, the old cloakrooms are used sometimes as pop-up shops, sometimes for vintage fairs or for concerts, but this weekend they hosted Unveil’d, a collaborative photo show, which was accompanied by a photo book exhibition and a zine fair.
Thanks to the divided gallery space, visitors could go and see not only one, but two exhibitions. The first one in the ladies cloakroom, put together by Peachy ‘n’ Keen, was dealing with female identities, while the other in the gents room, organised under the supervision of Young Shot Press, was exploring the different portrayals of the male. I found this exciting not only because of the artists’ different approaches to the themes, but a huge plus was that the space itself had this gender-divide, and thus I felt that the exhibition could not have been more powerful anywhere else but in the Cloakrooms.
If I had to pick my favourite things about Unveil’d, the first would be that the curators used the space in an incredibly creative way. I was blown away by the photo zines hanging from above in the old toilet cubicles and the handmade decoration in the ladies cloakroom, which created an almost surreal atmosphere. The other thing I absolutely loved was of course the photos themselves. As the organisers did not give any restrictions to the submitting artists regarding the representation of the given female/male themes, the works on the walls covered an unbelievably wide spectrum. Next to the photos of innocent girls, I found the extremities of female sexuality. On the other side of the wall, the ideas about male identities were ranging from transsexuality to aging, from the sensitivity of a man to the depictions of his inherent strength.
Quite simply, Unveil’d had everything I needed on a rainy afternoon: photos, fantasy, and surprise. The show was on only for three days, so I seriously hope that Young Shot and Peachy ‘n’ Keen will return to Bristol soon…
Thanks for reading!
Everything’s been really busy with me at the moment, and I haven’t written for far too long.
In a recent Young Arnolfini meeting we were discussing our blog, and basically jazzing it up a bit.
We spoke about how we can improve it and what kinds of things we’d like to be posting on it.
We’ve recently acquired some lovely shiny new members, and with them come new ideas and we have an ever growing list of exciting things we’d like to do – which has been seriously exciting.
Back to the blog.
So yes, we discussed what kind of posts we’d like to be publishing here.
I take a lot of random photos on my travels in and around Bristol, and these are what I will be sharing with you.
I generally respond better to visual things than written, hence why I want to share some of my view points of Bristol with you, through photography.
The first is this beautiful graffiti duck, which I saw a little while ago walking back on an evening from a meeting at Spike.
It’s on the bridge between Arnolfini and MShed, if you want to take a look yourself.
I’d done the exact same walk more times than I can count before, but never noticed it. And that is what fascinated me.
As well as the fact that ducks are just adorable.
More photos to come over the coming weeks; you lucky beans.
It’s cheeky how fast this time of the year comes around. If you’ve been lucky like myself the terror from the mere mention of exams has long gone, a distant memory, a thing of the past. No more night-before panic attacks or fretful post-exam stress because you have now been blessed with too much freedom to be conscious of the August cloud looming ahead. But just as I became settled in my own glorious laissez-faire state of mind, I forgot to take note of the quick return to start A2. Thrusted back in the deep end I’m back to square one: figuring out how to turn my craving for summer into academic motivation.
In Khoroshavina’s We Are All Made Of Stars collection she uses glowing body paint in black (UV) lighting as the only source of light to resemble space and sky. Similarly, Torres’s Stellar project depicts the cosmic theory that, as a result of a star’s death, humans are then made of the cosmic matter by devising galaxies using reflective confetti, where our celestial creation is emphasised by the posture and demeanour of the subjects. My favourite part of all of this is the use of gifs to create three-dimensional movement serving ‘as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time’, which further accentuates the relationship between space and time.
Don’t get me wrong, my astrology is beyond poor and I could not date the zodiac signs if my life depended on it, but as a nocturnal soul there’s something about the beauty of the night that I’ve never been able to express or explain until now, by showing these projects. Even now I still can’t quite explain how it makes me feel; and maybe that is because I am writing in midday with no visible stars to ponder on; but the response I feel when I look at these give me that extraordinary chill of awe and wonder that not many other things do. So of course it’s only fitting my new photography project is Alchemy.
Instead of wistfully looking back on my short post-exam and pre-A2 freedom I am beginning to channel my summer cravings into my fine art and photography courses. The more I think about it the more it makes sense. Technically, drawing inspiration from these photographers can do nothing but enhance my summer with a newfound excuse to get messy and delve into the unknown with all sorts of glowing paint, inks, confetti, glitter and bright lights.
And hopefully by the time summer gets here I’ll have mastered my DIY smoke bombs for the best kind of dramalchemic exit.
With the rise of Social Media and mobile phones we are seeing real serge in the amount of photos that exist. This is a rather weird statement to make but the database of photographs that document anything and everything is being created by everyone at an astounding rate, roughly 300 million photos are uploaded to facebook alone, daily, thus creating a revolution of photographers using their smart phones.
iPhoneography is one of the most popular and talked about forms of camera phone photography. I personally put this down to 2 things; Apple’s incredible PR department and the quality of the camera on an iPhone. It’s become so big that pictures from iPhones have been finalists in prestigious photography awards such as Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize,
And they even have their own award ceremony in which you can win a bar of gold for coming first! IPPAward
The first place winner in each category will be awarded a Gold Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world.
This saturation of cameras into the world has been both heralded as a blessing for public interest and creativity as well as being a blessing in disguise destroying jobs for photographers. I don’t want to get too deep into this subject; I just want to give my own views on it.
I believe fundamentally the more cameras people have, and the more photos people take, the better. We live in an age of fast information where you can find anything, anywhere and anytime at the press of a button. If this was controlled strictly by people in power we would only be able to see what they want us to. Now everyone can blog and take photos we are free to choose the point of view we want to listen to.
Smart phones are also now just as manually controlled as most basic digital cameras so when people say there is no skill and it’s just happy snapping, there is some truth in that, but you can choose how involved you are with the photos.
I myself tend to shoot mainly on 35mm film but I do like to use my digital SLR when I’m doing events photography or taking test images. If I don’t then my phone becomes perfect for test images and even in some cases for candid event photography.
I would say personally I can’t say I’ve been affected by the negatives of smartphone photography but I do know they exist. I have to say as a general I think that it is great to get everyone indulging in something creative. So everyone go out and take photos, but also think about the photos you take.
Thanks for reading,
Time: 5:45pm – 8pm
Where: Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol, United Kingdom
Since February I’ve been part of Talent Lab, a Bristol-based group of 23 creatives formed by the collaboration of Watershed and award-winning creative agency, Latimer. We were commissioned by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council to shape an online platform for Bristol’s youth with an eagerness to create content for the youth by the youth. Thankfully this meant goodbye to all things stereotypically appeasing to us, the youth, like the horrid cliché that was the Go Places Do Things graffiti font. Bless their souls, they kind of tried.
So where did we go from there? Rife, baby. Well, a nameless Rife magazine. We knew exactly what we wanted but it took much longer to finally figure out a name. How does ‘rife’ feel on your tongue? Kind of funny? It takes a few attempts getting used to it but it’s a grower. After months of hard work building up content by the core Rife team, as a digital phoenix our baby has risen out of the cliché ashes with some stories going viral and over 10,000 unique site views in less than a month …and we are not even officially launched yet!
With just over 24 hours to go before the Rife Live Launch excitement and anxiety seems to have dangerously merged.
But that’s not stopping us because Rife is yours – all you bloggers, vloggers, photographers, writers, budding journalists, aspiring editors, ranters, reviewers, tweeters, Facebook fanatics, Tumblr scrollers, filmmakers, comedians, storytellers, cartoonists, graphic designers or simply good at generating good ideas. With so much to offer on the night; from making your own gifs, telling us what Grinds Your Gears, pitching ideas for Rife to our team, networking with industry professionals (Latimer, Clockwise Media amongst others) and listening to acclaimed creator of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Akala; all we ask is that you RSVP to email@example.com to confirm your place*.
AND if that’s still not exciting enough, through getting involved you can get media training, mentoring, access to equipment, industry links and profile. So even if you can’t make the 18th Rife magazine still wants you! Check out http://www.rifemagazine.co.uk/get-involved/ to find out how you can still get involved.
I hope I’ll be seeing you there – look out for the girl with the R-shaped earrings!
*doors open at 5:45 to those who have RSVP’d and by 5:50/55pm any unclaimed RSVP’d spaces are then opened up to the public with a first come first serve system.